Meet our graduates

In September 2017, we welcomed a group of ambitious Graduates. After a little more than three months on the job, we asked them about their first impressions and early experiences at DC. See their answers and get to know them here. 

Joachim Gaougaou

JOACHIM GAOUGAOU

  • Education: Master's in Trading and Asset Management
  • Nationality: French
  • Age: 28
  • Fun fact: I used to be a sniper in the French army

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I started my career in the French army as a sniper in the Alpine troops, where I participated in several international missions. At the end of my three-year contract, I decided to restart my studies. In order to start my Bachelor with the best preconditions, I went to the UK for a year to quickly improve my speaking skills and then I came back to Paris to study international business. During the first two years on my Bachelor, I worked as an import-export assistant for a military goods company. The year after, I operated as an international business developer on the Southeast Asian market for an IT-related company. At the end of my Bachelor, I specialised in financial markets and started my Master's degree at ESLSCA Paris in trading and asset management. The first year of this Master's, I worked as a Forex trader assistant for a French investment banking company and during the second year, I switched to BNP Paribas as a structured products analyst.


Why did you want to work for DC?

The description of the the DC Graduate Programme seemed challenging and intellectually demanding. I was looking for a position where I could learn, be challenged every day and work in a high-paced environment. I didn’t really feel the DC heartbeat until I visited the offices. I had a positive feeling during the interviews and received encouraging feedback regarding DC from my network. But the trigger was when I entered into discussion with my now-colleagues and understood how dynamic this company is.


What have you been doing at DC so far and what are you looking forward to?

I´ve currently joined the Gas desk. My short-term target is to fully understand the business of gas trading, the strategy, and the market. As I will have several rotations at different desks, I expect to be operational as a junior trader. Effectively, I want to understand the job at an operational level, but also in a global perspective. This Graduate Programme is an unique opportunity to bridge the gap between all DC trading activities and understand a large part of the energy trading business. I also have different Graduate challenges and expect to develop solutions or tools that the teams might use. Basically, I expect to bring value!


What are your first impressions of DC as a workplace?

I'm from the French investment banking world. The business culture is highly hierarchical and decision-making process is slow. The feedback you have on your work is provided annually. I was actually very surprised when I started working at DC. I wasn't used to such an environment with a flat management and strong company culture. Working in a such a dynamic environment is very positive if you really want to invest in your job and bring your contribution to the company.

 

Georgia Champeri

GEORGIA CHAMPERI

  • Education: Electrical & Computer Engineer with a Master's in Sustainable Energy
  • Nationality: Greek
  • Age: 28
  • Fun fact: I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I was born in Athens, Greece and have an older brother, who is 37 years old, and a younger one, who is 25. In 2007, I moved to the 3rd largest city of Greece, Patras, to study electrical and computer engineering - and in 2014 I relocated to Copenhagen to do my Master’s in Sustainable Energy at DTU. My Graduate position in DC is my first full time job, since my working experience so far was limited to student jobs, teaching assistant positions and internships.


Why did you want to work for DC?

I wanted to work for DC mainly because it is a company with young and diverse employees and a flexible workplace with focus on work/life balance. Additionally, the Graduate Programme offers me the opportunity to rotate within DC and understand the entire value chain. I will be offered vast learning opportunities, so I will develop professionally and get the perfect start to my career.


What have you been doing at DC so far and what are you looking forward to?

From my first day in the office I joined the traders in the Cross Border Team and I got to see how they work on a daily basis. On top of that, I have a personal project, where I will dig deeper into special areas of the power market. I'm looking forward to developing my trading skills, working on my project and improving my analytical and programming skills.


What are your first impressions of DC as a workplace?

My first impressions were the best. All the information regarding the working environment in DC and company’s mentality that I read on DC’s website were proven to be accurate, which is both promising and impressive. Everyone in DC welcomed us and made us feel comfortable from day one. I've already experienced a team building event, since all the members of the Cross Border team went skeet shooting in September. Thus, I can confirm that everyone enjoys spending time with each other both in and out of the office.

Joakim Salqvist

JOAKIM SALQVIST

  • Education: Master's in Industrial Engineering & Management
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Age: 25
  • Fun fact: I can make a fire with two pieces of wood

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I grew up in a smaller city in Sweden with my family and younger brother. After completing my education, I started as an intraday trader for Fortum, a major Finnish utility company. I worked there for a little over a year until I decided to come and join DC.


Why did you want to work for DC?

For me it was mainly the fast-paced environment in DC and the attitude to always strive to do things better. I was also attracted by the low hierarchy and agile structure. Furthermore, with my passion for energy trading, I felt that the Graduate Programme would be a great opportunity for me to dive into several different markets all over Europe, covering both gas and power.


What have you been doing at DC so far and what are you looking forward to?

So far, we have had several chances to be introduced to DC and more specifically DC Gas, the department where I will spend my first six months. I've had the opportunity to follow around the trading team trying to understand the complex market of natural gas in Europe.


What are your first impressions of DC as a workplace?

It matches my high expectations! People have been very friendly in showing me how the market operates and discussing the commercial aspect of it. I enjoy the atmosphere that no question is too stupid to be asked and that I am constantly learning new things. 

Kristian Johnsen

KRISTIAN JOHNSEN

  • Education: Master's in International Economic Consulting
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Age: 27
  • Fun fact: I once skied a full day with a broken foot without noticing it

Can you tell us a bit about your background? 

Prior to studying at university, I was travelling around the world for six months and spent an additional eight months in the Royal Danish Life Guards.


Why did you want to work for DC?

During the last two years I have worked in Trade Support, where I already gained a solid experience and understanding of the energy market. Working in DC means to challenge the status quo. This, and the opportunity to keep working in a fast-paced company, was a chance I didn’t want to miss.


What have you been doing at DC so far and what are you looking forward to?

Until this point I have been worked in close cooperation with the analysts in Intraday. My focus area is currently to make analytical tools that support the traders' decisions within the UK. 


What are your first impressions of DC as a workplace?

A professional workplace where everybody is willing to help if need be.