"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

Pavel Lesnevski


Pavel Lesnevski was born on July 16, 1987 in Minsk, Belarus. His bachelor degree is in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, where he conducted research on modeling of high-temperature processes. Pavel continued his studies with a dual masterĀ“s degree between Higher School of Economics in Moscow and Humboldt University in Berlin. His extensive coursework in Economics and Finance was followed by interdisciplinary research under supervision of Professor Michael Burda PhD. In his master thesis Pavel modeled transition mechanisms of breakdown in financial sector to real economy during the financial crisis. Pavel combined his studies with a number of research assistantships.

Research Interests

Mutual Funds & Hedge Funds

Empirical Asset Pricing

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

The GESS program at the University of Mannheim is one of the first structured PhD programs in Germany. It was supported by "Excellence Initiative" of the German government and prepares PhD candidates for research at the international scale.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

We are provided with the flexibility to choose our research topic and supervisors. Moreover, we enjoy modern facilities and good reputation of the university.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

There is a number of really talented and motivated colleagues that are fated to succeed.

My most challenging experience within the program

As I am an international doctoral student it took me some time to get used to local language, customs and rules.

My advice for prospective students

Be and stay well-motivated. You should be determined and be sure that the challenge of the PhD track is what you want.