Finance graduate awarded in Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) competition


Trishita Lala, 2014 MSc Finance graduate has been awarded runner up in the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) Lombard Prize competition.

15 UK universities, including Manchester Business School, participated in the national competition. The participants were asked to submit a 1,000 word executive summary of their dissertation and two oral presentations on questions related to the economy and the financial sector in London.

Originally from Kolkata in India, Trishita attended one of the finest girls’ boarding schools in the country. During her school years she achieved a mathematics trophy for consistently scoring the highest marks in the subject and the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Silver level) on completion of a strenuous 81 km trek.

After school, she pursued a degree in business, specialising in finance and upon graduating, started a job as a Tax Analyst. Eighteen months later, Trishita wanted to take the next step in her academic career, an MSc in Finance, and she claims that the curriculum offered by MBS along with our renowned faculty and expertise, is what lured her to Manchester. She says, “It has been the biggest learning experience for me and one that I will certainly carry forward for a long time.”

Trishita Lala
Why did you decide to enter the WCIB Lombard Prize competition?

“To be honest, when I was working on my dissertation, I did not know about this competition until we received an email about it. Even then, I was more worried about how my dissertation would turn out and whether I would be able to complete it on time. I focused on giving it my best shot and producing something I was truly interested in, as well as something that could contribute to the existing body of financial literature.

“About a month after my submission, I was overjoyed to be informed by the university that my dissertation had been selected as the best in the university and that it would automatically put me through to this national level competition.
“It felt like an opportunity of a lifetime and although I’m disappointed at not winning the competition, I’m glad I got this far.”

Do you have any words of advice to the next cohort of students eligible for the competition?

“It may seem intimidating and impossible to crack, but if you don’t dive in, you’ll never know your might!”

Offering their congratulations in what was a very close competition, the WCIB has invited Trishita as a Company guest to its annual banquet at the Guildhall in the City of London on 11 March.


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