Dhanial Ullah

Global Macro Analyst at Tudor
Business and Law 2011


The financial crash of 2008 is an unlikely motivation to start a career in finance, but for Dhanial Ullah this was the moment at which he became intrigued with global financial markets. He came to GCU to study Business & Law and now works for Tudor, a renowned Global Macro Hedge Fund, after attaining the notoriously difficult CFA accreditation. We caught up with him to find out more about his time at university and career so far. 

What made you choose GCU and your specific course? 

Growing up I had always wanted to be a lawyer working for a big corporation, dealing with issues such as proprietary intellectual property. The course at GCU was a natural fit for my interests at the time as it allowed me to focus on aspects of corporate law whilst also increasing my academic skills.

What are your memories of University? 

I developed some lifelong friendships and attained invaluable life skills. Learning from Brian Pillans and William Henderson, senior lecturers in the Law department, was fun and rewarding. Both of these gentlemen were captivating and pushed me to new boundaries. 

Also, I have to mention the city of Glasgow, such a fun and bustling place, full of culture and diversity. I have never met people more welcoming than those from this great city and it was a pleasure to spend my student years there.     

Can you tell me more about your current role? 

Working in the asset management industry is stimulating for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, each day brings its own challenges and that’s what I love, I never wanted a job that was process based. In my current role, I follow the financial markets on a daily basis, studying and observing the price action of assets in the equity, fixed income and FX markets. 

This is integral as I assess whether the valuation of assets is reflective of the fundamental backdrop and current news-flow, as any perceived discrepancies create potential investment opportunities. My role also involves following global economies closely and conducting in depth economic analysis to determine the trajectory of these countries, and what effect this will ultimately have on global asset prices.    

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What is your greatest professional achievement? 

Attaining the CFA accreditation. These exams are extremely difficult to pass, and I undertook these exams without any prior study in the field of finance. The pass rate for each exam is below 30% and to pass all three exams consecutively is an even tougher feat, only 10% of candidates achieve this. Ultimately, this qualification landed me my dream job at one of the world’s best macro hedge funds. Finance is not for the faint hearted and takes incredible application and sacrifice. Your colleagues will inevitably be some of the best and the brightest. 

In this vein, it is imperative at the start of your career to have strong influence and mentorship. I was recruited into my previous role at Pictet Asset Management by someone who coached me beyond the call of duty whilst simultaneously empathising with my reservations and nerves about moving away from my family to a new country. 

I believe this quote sums up perfectly what the financial sector has allowed me to achieve. “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” 

What advice would you give to current students and new graduates? 

Show tenacity in the pursuit of your dream job and chosen career path, always remember that no matter how hard you work, there will always be someone with more desire who is better, hungrier and willing to put in more hours than you are. Don’t let this person beat you, be relentless in your pursuit for greatness and never get complacent.   

What are your future plans, both professionally and personally? 

I hope to continue developing my understanding of financial markets and global macroeconomics, that’s the most important thing for me, to be continuously learning and enhancing my skills and knowledge. I recently became a father, and although the emotions of being a parent can never be expressed in words, it is the most truly gratifying experience of my life to date.

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