Dr. Peter Wuffli has enjoyed a sparkling career;…
Dr. Peter WuffliFormer Group CEO of UBS
Dr. Peter Wuffli has enjoyed a sparkling career; from his achievements in academia as a PhD and AMP graduate from St Gallen & Wharton School respectively, to leadership positions in two of the world’s top firms McKinsey & Company, and UBS AG. He initially began his career at Swiss Bank Corporation as the Chief Financial Officer, and oversaw the merger of the Swiss Bank Corporation and the Union Bank of Switzerland, into what we know today as UBS. In 1999, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management, followed closely by a move up to President in 2001, before eventually becoming the Group CEO of UBS AG in 2003.
Prior to his resignation at UBS, Dr. Wuffli co-founded the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalisation in 2006, through which he is able to ‘fight poverty through entrepreneurial means’. He also enjoys opera, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Zurich Opera House. More recently, Dr. Wuffli is the Chairman of Partners Group and Chairman of IMD Foundation, whilst also promoting diversity and inclusiveness in organisations through his book “Inclusive Leadership: A Framework for the Global Era”.
As a Warwick alumnus, Spencer Dale has had…
Spencer DaleGroup Chief Economist at BP
As a Warwick alumnus, Spencer Dale has had a truly remarkable career in both policy-making and the industry. Dale joined BP as Group Chief Economist in October 2014, where he manages BP's global economics team and provides input into the firm's commercial decisions. Along with this, he manages the annual Statistical Review of World Energy and Global Energy Outlook. Between 2008 and 2014, Dale had undertaken numerous roles at the Bank of England. He was appointed Chief Economist and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee in 2008. He later progressed to become the Executive Director Financial Stability and a member of the Financial Policy Committee, before leaving for his role at BP.
Dale received his BSc in Economics in 1988 at the University of Wales, and joined the University of Warwick for his MSc in Economics soon after. Upon completing his degree, he joined the Bank of England where he served as a Private Secretary to Lord Mervyn King and Head of Economic Forecasting. Dale also served as a Senior Advisory at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors between 2006 and 2008.
Ann Pettifor is a UK-based economist, director of…
Ann PettiforDirector of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)
Ann Pettifor is a UK-based economist, director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), honorary research fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre at City University, London (CITYPERC), and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, London. She is also executive director of the consultancy Advocacy International, which advises governments and organisations on international finance and sustainable development.
Ms. Pettifor is accredited as one of the few economists to have correctly predicted the 2008 Financial Crisis in several publications including "Coming soon: The new poor”. Her work and writing have concentrated on the international financial architecture, the sovereign debts of the poorest countries, and the rise in the sovereign, corporate, and private debt in the OECD economies.
Her latest book, “Just Money: how society can break the despotic power of finance” was published by Commonwealth in 2014. Ms. Pettifor is well known for her leadership of an organisation Jubilee 2000, that placed the debts of the poorest countries on the global political agenda and brought about both substantial debt cancellation and radical policy changes at national and international levels. In 2006, Palgrave published her book “The coming first world debt crisis”. In 2008, she co-authored “The Green New Deal”. In 2010, Ms. Pettifor co-authored an essay with Professor Victoria Chick: “The economic consequences of Mr. Osborne.”
As the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair since 2014,…
Dr. Stanley FischerVice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
As the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair since 2014, Dr Stanley Fischer is one of the key figures in the world of monetary policy. However, his career has not been limited to this field: Dr Fischer can count the World Bank, IMF and Citigroup amongst his previous employers, as well as being a prolific academic in his own right. In the latter role, he has been a key player in the school of New Keynesian Economics, particularly rational expectations, where he wrote the influential 1977 paper "Long-Term Contracts, Rational Expectations, and the Optimal Money Supply Rule".
Dr Fischer was educated at the LSE, then completed his PhD at MIT, where he would later return as a professor and advise future economic heavyweights such as Gregory Mankiw, Ben Bernanke and Mario Draghi. After the aforementioned spell in corporate banking, he served as Governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005-2013, winning the ‘Central Bank Governor of the Year’ by Euromoney magazine in 2010, before being appointed by Barack Obama to his current role as Vice-Chair of the Fed in January 2014.
Following his MPhil in Economics from the University…
Martin WolfChief Economics commentator at the Financial Times
Following his MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, Mr. Martin Wolf CBE chose not to pursue a PhD qualification, instead opting to practically apply what he had learnt to the world. Wolf, throughout his career, has certainly stayed true to his philosophy; his time at the World Bank shaped his views on free market and globalisation, a concept he championed whilst he was the Director of Studies at the Trade Policy Research Centre in London. He then moved to the Financial Times in 1987, and was promoted to his current role as Chief Economics Commentator in 1996.
Mr. Wolf is also a prominent author, with books such as “Why Globalisation Works” and “The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned, and have to still learn from the Financial Crisis”. Both, once again, are instilled with practical applications and his Keynesian views on economic issues. Mr. Wolf has also been involved in the UK’s Independent Commission on Banking, and a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum since 1999. Finally, his experiences and practical application allows Mr. Wolf to speak with authority on topics ranging from monetary reform to climate change.
Described as one of the world’s most influential…
Dr. Nirmalya KumarVisiting Professor at the London Business School
Described as one of the world’s most influential thinkers in strategy and marketing, and having once been called a ‘rising superstar’ by The Economist, Prof. Nirmalya Kumar initially studied in India, before receiving his MBA from Chicago and his Ph.D. in Marketing from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Prof. Kumar’s fruitful career intertwines academia and the corporate sector. He taught at the Harvard Business School and the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, amongst others. From 2001 to 2009, Professor Kumar was a member of five Boards of Directors of Indian firms, such as Zensar Technologies and ACC limited. He then went on to serve as a member of the Group Executive Council of Tata Sons. In 2011, Dr. Kumar received the Global Village Award from Thinkers50, for contributing to the understanding globalization and prospects offered by emerging markets by the business community.
He has also authored six books, most of which were published by Harvard Business Press, with three best-sellers including: ‘Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global’, ‘India Inside: The Emerging Innovation Challenge to the West’ and ‘India’s Global Powerhouses: How They Are Taking on the World’. Currently, Dr. Kumar serves as a visiting Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Aditya Birla India Centre at the London Business School, as well as Distinguished Fellow of the Emerging Markets Institute at INSEAD.
As a French-Beninese economist, Lionel Zinsou has truly…
Lionel ZinsouFormer Prime Minister of Benin
As a French-Beninese economist, Lionel Zinsou has truly made his mark in both the public and the private sector. He started his distinguished career as an academic at Paris VIII University, and later progressed to the role the Dean of Social Sciences at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure; an institute he was also taught at. It was in 1980 that Zinsou made his first step into politics, where he became a member of the Research and Forecasting division of the French Ministry of Industry and four years later, went on to work as a speechwriter in former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius’ cabinet. In 2006, Zinsou was named a special adviser to the President of Benin, Yayi Boni, and ultimately was nominated to be the Prime Minister of Benin from 2015 to 2016.
Aside from his roles in the public sphere, Zinsou remains a respected member of France’s business elite. He has held many positions at Danone and was even named partner Rothschild & Co. More notably, in 2009 he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAI Partners, France’s largest private equity firm.
Professor Alan Winfield has had a diverse career…
Professor Alan WinfieldProfessor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England
Professor Alan Winfield has had a diverse career spanning four decades, across fields such as communications software, electronic engineering and mobile robotics. This has culminated in his establishment as a leader of research into robot ethics, with Professor Winfield exploring the intelligence capabilities behind robots, and the resulting ethical questions these pose.
After completing his PhD at the University of Hull in 1984, Professor Winfield co-founded APD Communications Ltd, which played a key role in providing software for mobile radio data systems, notably in the public sector. Whilst leaving the company in 1992 to take up the position of Hewlett-Packard Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of the West of England, Bristol, he remains a non-executive director. Professor Winfield is currently director of the UWE’s Science Communications Unit, and helped co-found the Intelligent Autonomous Systems, which in 2005 was relaunched jointly with the University of Bristol as the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, where he currently conducts his research.
Dr. Irene Guijt leads Oxfam GB's Research Team,…
Dr. Irene GuijtHead of Research at Oxfam
Dr. Irene Guijt leads Oxfam GB's Research Team, which uses evidence to influence economic, environmental, and social justice. Oxfam has been on the forefront of the fight for the poverty eradication. Its research has frequently informed and inflamed public debate, with the latest one being the global inequality report published prior to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Before joining Oxfam GB in 2015, Irene had worked for 25 years in rural development, natural resource management, collective action, and social justice. Some of the issues addressed in her career have included girls' empowerment, inclusive business, accountable democracy, water service delivery, and youth leadership.
Irene worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development from 1990 to 1998. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University between 1996 -1998 and 2013-2015. She has also co-hosted the annual 'M&E on the Cutting Edge' series, covering themes of complexity and responsible innovation, for 6 years.
Dr. Guijt is currently a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute. She holds a BSc and MSc in land and water use engineering from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. Her PhD focused on small-scale producers in Brazil.
Awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economic Science,…
Professor Finn KydlandNobel Laureate in Economic Science (2004)
Awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economic Science, Professor Finn E. Kydland has made notable contributions to dynamic macroeconomics. In two joint papers with Edward C. Prescott, Prof. Kydland shed light on new approaches to the analysis of macroeconomic development, at a time where economists were still struggling with the impact of the US depression. Through his research, he not only transformed the analysis of time-inconsistency in economic policy but also brought to attention the driving forces behind business cycles. His revolutionary work gave rise to the new-Keynesian business cycle analysis and has made a great impact on the practice of economic and monetary policy.
Initially intending to pursue a career in business, Prof. Kydland received his BSc at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 1968. It was then that Sten Thorne, a professor at NHH, asked Prof. Kydland to be his research assistant, and thus he went on to pursue a career in academia. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973, where his future Nobel-winning partner, Edward C. Prescott, was his dissertation advisor. He is currently the Henley Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a faculty he joined in 2004. Prof. Kydland has also authored multiple books, including “Argentina’s Recovery and ‘Excess’ Capital Shallowing of the 1990s” (2002).
Evident through his early interest in social psychology…
David HalpernChief Executive of the UK's Behavioural Insights Team
Evident through his early interest in social psychology experiments, David Halpern is now a leading psychologist in public policy. As the Board Director and Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team, Mr. Halpern is dedicated to establishing a government institution focused on behavioural science and designing public services that draws on empirical research. Prior to this, Mr. Halpern was the founding Director of the Institute for Government, and was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2001-2007.
Before entering the public policy sphere, Mr. Halpern held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Harvard and Oxford, encouraged by the economic historian Avner Offer. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioural insights and wellbeing, including Social Capital (2005), the Hidden Wealth of Nations (2010), and co-authored the MINDSPACE report. His most popular book about the Behavioural Insights Team entitled 'Inside the Nudge Unit: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference' has been highly praised by critics around the world.
Born and raised in Benin, Khaled O. Igue…
Khaled IguePresident of Think Tank Club 2030 Afrique
Born and raised in Benin, Khaled O. Igue is the Founder & President of Think Tank Club 2030 Afrique. Club 2030 Afrique focuses on the sustainable economic and social development of African countries by generating innovative ideas through studies and publications. This has led him to be designated as an Emerging Leader of the German Marshall Fund of United States of America and Young Auditor of National Defense in France. Mr Igue has specialized in energy, industry, and economic issues, working closely with African governments and institutions elaborating structural models for the social and economic emergence of the continent.
Previously, Mr Igue joined OCP AFRICA as Head of Public and Institutional Partnerships after prior experience with EUROGROUP Consulting, a European leader in strategy and organization, and with strong experience at AREVA, a leader in the nuclear, renewable energy and mining sector. He was educated at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris institution, where he holds his master of Public Policy. In addition, he has attended elite institutions such as the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, Sorbonne Graduate Business School, and the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Strasbourg.
As a Professor of Quantitative Political Science at…
Professor Vera TroegerProfessor of Quantitative Political Economy at the University of Warwick
As a Professor of Quantitative Political Science at the University of Warwick, Vera Troeger has undertaken research in many areas which span the intersection between political science and economics. Before coming to Warwick, Vera Troeger had roles at Universities of Essex and Exeter respectively. With a Masters’ in Political Science, Economics and Econometrics/Statistics and a PhD in Political Science, Prof. Troeger’s research reflects this multidisciplinary background. Her research focuses on the crossover between political economy and econometrics and in particular looks at economic policy diffusion and spillover of monetary and tax policy.
Prof. Troeger is also involved with Warwick CAGE (the centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy), aiming to strengthen the link in the centre between political science and economics. She also edits several academic journals including Political Science Research Methods, the official journal of European Political Science Association, and the political science journal, Political Analysis. Additionally, she serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Political Research and the Journal of European Public Policy.
Dr. Selma Walther holds a PhD in Economics…
Dr. Selma WaltherResearcher at the Economics Department at the University of Warwick
Dr. Selma Walther holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is currently engaged in research in applied microeconomics at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Warwick, she was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In her recent work, she has analyzed how the labor and consumption behavior of households in developing countries is affected by descent practices. She is also currently working on a structural approach to predicting household dissolution.
Dr. Walter has published papers on topics of divorce under Family Economics. Her extensive research has explored various development topics pertaining issues of disease, such as sarcoidosis and maternal mortality. Her research describes the boundaries of Economics and the questions it could potentially answer.
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