Who am I?
My name is Sebastian Macht and I come from Erlangen in Germany. I have a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Accounting. Both degrees are from the Ingolstadt School of Management which is the Business Department of the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt. During my studies I did an Erasmus semester at the Hanken Svenska Handelshögskolan in Vaasa, Finland. After finishing my M.Sc. I started to work as an audit consultant for the PwC GmbH in Munich. PwC is one of the big four audit companies worldwide and my job was to audit financial statements according to local GAAP and IFRS.
I always had a distinct interest in IT and my job experiences showed me how important digitalization will be in finance and accounting and how much it will change the business world of the future. Subsequently, I decided that I want to be an active part of that process and work as a researcher on those topics. To prepare for this, I enrolled myself at the University of Bamberg, where I focused on Statistics, Data Science and IT for two Semesters.
I chose PERFORM because I think that it is a great opportunity to work together with skilled early stage researchers, as well as experienced scientists and practitioners. My own research topics are innovative payment paths for digital retail. Further digital innovations will lead to big changes in the payment landscape and therefore it is an extremely interesting field to study and research. It perfectly combines my interests in finance and IT, which is why I chose that topic as my field of research.