Eghbal Rahimikia


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Eghbal obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Tehran (first-class honours), his master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology (distinction) and his PhD degree in Finance from the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), the University of Manchester. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Financial Technology (FinTech) at the Alliance Manchester Business School, working on the theory and application of machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) in Finance. His current project focuses on developing the first comprehensive financial NLP repository, FinText, in collaboration with researchers and industry partners. This repository covers a variety of NLP models (from Word2Vec to GPT) and benchmarks, incorporating different big financial textual datasets. He recently secured a £12,000 grant from Alan Turing Institute (AI-Assisted Real-Time Decision-Making – Turing/Manchester) to accelerate this project.



2022-2023 - Semester 1 Applied Statistics and Business Forecasting (M.Sc.).
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

2021-2023 - Semester 1&2 Understanding Data and their Environment (M.Sc./Ph.D.).
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

2022-2023 - Semester 1 Financial Derivatives.
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

2021-2023 - Semester 2 Financial Engineering.
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

2021-2022 - Semester 2 Fundamentals of Finance.
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

Teacher assistant

2020-2021 - Semester 1 Statistics and Machine Learning(M.Sc.).
University of Manchester - Data Science .

2019-2021 - Semester 1 Financial Derivatives.
University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

2019-2020 - Semester 2 Advanced Statistics.
University of Manchester - Economics Department.

Further information


02/21 Natural Language Processing (NLP), a theoretical and practical review.
University of Manchester (2 hours).

09/19 Programming skills for machine learning - an overview of the current practical and theoretical trend.
University of Manchester (2 hours).

06/17 - 11/17 Advanced MATLAB programming course with a focus on financial modeling and machine learning.
Khatam university / Securities and Exchange Organization of Iran (60 hours).

10/15 - 01/16 Intermediate MATLAB programming course for the banking sector.
Parsian bank - Investment department (40 hours).

Prizes and awards

2022 Best paper award (semifinalist).
FMA Annual Meeting.

2018 Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Scholarship.
University of Manchester.

2012 Top 5% GPA in undergraduate school among 100 students.
Faculty of Economics - University of Tehran.

2012 Was accepted at the graduate school without entrance exam.
Was accepted at Iran University of Science and Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering based on outstanding academic background (Exceptional Talents program).

Other research

Nonlinearity Test for Principal Component Analysis: A MATLAB code.
Habibnia, Ali, Eghbal Rahimikia, and Hossein Mahdikhah.
(2018). ResearchGate, 2018

MATLAB Cheat Sheet for Data Science - London School of Economics.
Habibnia, Ali and Eghbal Rahimikia.
ResearchGate (2017). London School of Economics, 2017

Detecting corporate tax evasion using a hybrid intelligent system: A case study of Iran.
Rahimikia, Eghbal, Shapour Mohammadi, Teymur Rahmani, and Mehdi Ghazanfari.
International Journal of Accounting Information Systems 25 (2017) pp. 1–17. Elsevier, 2017

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Finance, Alliance Manchester Business School


Award Date: 31 Mar 2023

Master of Engineering, Industerial Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology


Award Date: 31 Dec 2014

Bachelor of Economics, University of Tehran


Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

External positions

Consultant, Hull Tactical Asset Allocation

Aug 2023 → …

Research assistant Intern - Developing FinText, a purpose-built financial word embedding for financial textual analysis, proposing an ML model via FinText for realised volatility forecasting, and making the designed model more transparent and understandable by Explainable AI methods under the supervision of Stefan Zohren at Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance., Oxford University

Jan 2021Apr 2021

CEO consultant - Working as CEO consultant in design and implementation of an integrated financial, accounting, and auditing software connecting and supervising 33 subsidiary companies., Omid Investment Management Group Co


Project manager/Software developer - Designing and developing a system to detect corporate tax evasion based on machine learning and statistical models with more than 10,000 lines of written code. Also, developing models to determine the current status of tax offices across the country and promote selected offices using Factor Analysis. , Iranian National Tax Administration


Areas of expertise

  • HG Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Quantitative Modelling
  • Financial Econometrics
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • text mining
  • Big Data
  • Data Science


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