UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Preetesh Kantak

Preetesh Kantak


MBA 2012

Born in:

Toronto, Canada

Raised in:

Fargo, North Dakota

"UNC Kenan-Flagler seemed unique in that I felt no one would micromanage my education, and that my experience would truly be a function of what I made it."


Silverback Asset Management


  • Born: Toronto, Canada
  • Undergraduate: BSE Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
  • Previous Job: Option portfolio manager at various hedge funds

Career Goals

“My career goal is to have a positive, long-lasting impact on our understanding of the role that financial intermediaries play in efficiently delivering capital and economic development. When I first came to UNC Kenan-Flagler, this goal was narrowly focused on returning to the investment management field in international private equity. The opportunities available at UNC Kenan-Flagler, however, have really opened my eyes to the breadth of this ambition. I’ve thus decided to stay at Kenan-Flagler for another fiveyears as a Ph.D. in finance! I ultimately hope to be a researcher in international asset pricing and banking at either an academic or monetary (IMF, Federal Reserve) institution.”

Why I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler

“I chose to attend UNC Kenan-Flagler for the curriculum’s flexibility, the MBA staff’s willingness to mobilize the university’s resources to enhance my experience and the unparalleled access to faculty at a cutting edge research institution. UNC Kenan-Flagler seemed unique in that I felt no one would micromanage my education, and that my experience would truly be a function of what I made it.”

My experience of the MBA program at UNC

“UNC’s MBA has been all that I expected (and more). The breadth of my “accomplishments” in the last two years is truly staggering. Not only have I made some life-long friendships, but I’ve taken coursework throughout the broader university, met with and had direct access to some of UNC’s most well-respected and recognized alumni, been involved in launching a trading strategy with a professor at a local hedge fund, and been a major contributor to a “novel” healthcare pricing and delivery product being researched at UNC Memorial Hospital. The MBA experience has simultaneously broadened my appreciation for business and deepened my understanding of finance. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Network

“I believe that the Tar Heel network is one of our nation’s most underrated. Our alumni span every aspect of business, politics, education and sports, and the best part of it is they’re so accessible. This network was tremendously helpful in finding my unparalleled internship opportunity and was instrumental in my decision to spend another five years at Kenan-Flagler. I hope you’ll join!”

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