Alum of the Month - May 2016

Dr Matthias Seifert

The professors who I met during the time of my LSE studies continue to have an impact on me. Dr Matthias Seifert

  • Programme studied: MSc Decision Sciences 
  • Year of Graduation: 2004
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What's your current job? 

I am a tenured Professor of Decision Sciences in the Operations and Technology Area at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. In addition to working on research topics related to forecasting, multi-criteria choice and group decision making, I am teaching modules in statistics and decision sciences in our MBA, PhD/DBA and Executive Education programs.

Where have you worked previously?

After graduating from the LSE, I enrolled in the PhD program at Judge Business School, Cambridge University. Once my doctoral thesis was completed, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the London Business School for about 2 years. In 2009 I then moved to Spain to become a full-time faculty member at IE Business School.

How has the programme helped your career since you graduated? 

The MSc in Decision Sciences had a fundamental impact on the way I think today. In particular, in my role as a professor of decision sciences, it influenced both the types of courses I teach nowadays as well as the research topics that fascinate me. The professors who I met during the time of my LSE studies continue to have an impact on me as I am fortunate enough to see quite a few of them at the annual meetings of the Decision Analysis Society. 

What has been your greatest achievement since you graduated?

Clearly it was getting married to my former LSE class mate, who is now working as an adjunct professor of decision sciences…

Career-wise, I am very grateful for having received several prizes for my research contributions including the Toby Jackman Prize for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation across any discipline at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University and the EFMD/Emerald Award for the most outstanding doctoral research. My research was also featured in a number of prominent public media including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CBS News, Financial Times International (“Professor of the Week”) and I have been recently included in the 2016 list of “The World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors” that is published by Poets & Quants each year.

What are your passions and hobbies outside of work? 

In my free time I enjoy hiking in the mountains outside Madrid and I also play the bass guitar in our faculty rock band called “Random Error”…

What piece of advice would you give to a current student at the Department of Management? 

Make sure that you enjoy every single moment during your studies at the LSE as the programme will be over much, much quicker than you think!