"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Mengnan Wu


Mengnan was born in 1993 in Beijing, China. She majored in Finance and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in 2016. She then joined the Finance track of Mannheim Master in Business Research, where she also received research training in the core courses provided by GESS. Complementary to her study, she gained research experience at the Finance Laboratory of CITIC Trust (Beijing, China) as a research assistant, and at the Department of Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics in the Center for European Economic Research (Mannheim, Germany) as a student research assistant. After graduating with a M.Sc in 2018, she joined the Chair of Finance at the University of Mannheim as an academic staff member.

Research interests

Capital market

Corporate finance

Empirical asset pricing

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

My master program prepared me with the theoretical knowledge and empirical skills that were also essential for the first-year PhD students at CDSB. At the end of the program, there was a friendly atmosphere to communicate with open-minded fellow students from different disciplines about research ideas and to learn about the research interests of professors in the process of writing a proposal and finding a supervisor. Besides, CDSB has a good reputation in finance and close connections to research institutions worldwide, which allows for chance of application and collaboration. The two-year experience in Mannheim convinced me that it is a nice place to stay, and GESS offers a perfect platform to start a career in academia.


Mengnan Wu receives a stipend from the foundation “Geld und Währung”.