Dr Matthias Qian

Research Fellow in Finance and AI
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford


Matthias is a Reseach Fellow working with Thomas Hellmann studying Entrepreneurship with data science methodologies. He is interested in the entrepreneurial process, founding teams, venture taxonomies, the fundraising process, university spin-outs, and the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Venture Capital. He also has an interest in the future of work, economic and health inequlities in the COVID-19 pandemic, big data, and machine learning. In his research he has partnered with Open Ocean, Facebook, Oracle, Cuebiq and CKDelta to drive impact.

He completed his DPhil at the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Bent Nielsen. He has also worked for Goldman Sachs and the Boston Consulting Group. He is an associate member at Nuffield College and the Oxford Man Institute. He is married to Xuejie Ding.

Policy work

Director of Oxford COVID-19 Impact Monitor, a mobility insights provider for the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Adam Saunders. The Telegraph article 1, article 2; The Guardian article; Oxford Uni new article 1, article 2, article 3, article 4; The Daily Mail article, BBC news interview

Co-Investigator on ESRC project on Mapping the LawTech ecosystem, with Mari Sako, Legal IT insider article, Oxford Law article, The Times article, Legal Business article. Contributor to the Oxford-SRA Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report, with Mari Sako and Richard Parnham

Co-author of UK Electric Vehicle and Battery Production Potential to 2040, with David Howey, Adam Saunders, Oxford Uni news article; The Guardian article; the FT article, the Telegraph article

Shortlisting and interview panel member for ESRC-ADR UK No.10 data science fellowships 2021


Matthias has set up a new Big Data and AI elective for the Master of Financial Economics course at Saïd Business School, where he has also taught Financial Econometrics for six years. He also lectured Econometrics for PPE and E&M students at the Department of Economics. In the past, he tutored undergraduates at Lady Margaret Hall and Merton college, including Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. He also tutors MBA students as part of the Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford and supervises student projects at the new Law and Computer Science course.