Jian completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Tom Fomby in 2010. Since then he has had a very successful career in industry. Prior to joining SMU, he received his master’s degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and a bachelor’s degree from Nankai University in China.
Upon graduating with his PhD, Jian began his career in modelling and analytics with Fannie Mae in Washington DC. He is now an Executive Director and the Head of Macroeconomic Forecasting at Morgan Stanley where he builds and manages a team of quantitative analysts and financial engineers. He is responsible for designing macroeconomic scenarios, developing econometric models, presenting and explaining economic and financial forecasts to senior executives, managing relationships with key stakeholders, and providing guidance to technology infrastructure projects supporting macroeconomic forecasting, stress testing and quantitative risk management processes. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley he worked at UBS where he was an Executive Director and built out a successful business forecasting and modelling team for Wealth Management Americas. He was also a Director for credit analytics at Moody’s Analytics where he led a team of economists and quantitative processionals in helping financial institutions develop and validate credit risk and stress testing models.
Jian has maintained his connection with research by publishing in the areas of structured finance and financial markets and presenting at major industrial and academic conferences. Jian has also furthered his industry credential by becoming a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and certified FRM (Financial Risk Manager).