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This page is dedicated to current Economic student-led events. These are talented economics students who are hosting their own events in and out of the university using different channels to promote a cause. This page looks at the details and experiences of the student and their events, with hope to inspire more students to take up such initiative.

If you are looking to hold an event within or outside of the university, or if you have hosted your own event and would like to feature on this webpage please let us know at Economics@rhul.ac.uk.

London Economics Symposium 2014



On the 14th and 15th of March 2014, the student led charity London Economics Symposium (LES) founded and headed by former Royal Holloway Economics students held the LES 2014 at the European Commission and Hallam Conference Centre. Titled « EU - Lost in Transformation » the symposium was attended by over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 40 different countries and featured 15 world class business leaders, politicians, journalists and academics. The symposium itinerary included keynote presentations, discussion panels and networking opportunities and was heralded by all those who attended it as a resounding success.

The team behind the LES will be holding the LES 2015 on the 30th and 31st of January 2015 at the Pullman st. Pancras hotel in the heart of London. For more information, please visit: www.londoneconomicssymposium.org



More information on the London Economics Symposium 2014


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   Matthaeus Fischer - Head of Symposium                    Oliver Harris - Head of Finance & Legal  
                       (Co-founder) - RHUL                                                (Co-founder) - RHUL#


                   Marie-ElisabethvonBomhard                                                           Hildevertd’Harcourt

    Marie-Elisabeth von Bomhard - Head of                     Hildevert d'Harcourt - Director Design
     Public Relations (Co-founder) - RHUL                                (Co-founder) - RHUL

                    SaschaRüegg                                                           SophievonBomhard 

   Sascha Ruegg - Director IT & Webmaster                   Director of Public Relations - UCL                              University of Konstanz

What is the LES all about?

The guiding principle of the LES is to bring together students and industry leaders to meet each other and engage in constructive exchanges on important current issues. The LES 2013 was a conference on the « road to recovery from the economic crisis » in a global context, whereas the LES 2014 aimed to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the EU and how best to address the challenges it is currently facing. 


Where did the idea behind the LES come from?

The idea started off with on-campus events and we decided to increase our scope as we noticed that there is a lack of international student/economics conferences in London. With the success of LES 2013 we decided to hold an annual event and that is how LES 2014 came about. Our upcoming event, LES 2015 is currently in the works.


How did the team behind the LES come together?

The LES co-founders met at Royal Holloway and invited other Hollowegians to join as the initiative gained momentum. The LES subsequently evolved to include inquisitive and engaged students from universities across Europe and has kept a strong core of University of London students within its ranks. For our 2014 event, we had a total of 38 team members.


What were the major hurdles that you faced and how did you overcome them?

Finding funding for our events has always been a tricky and very necessary part of our work. It was difficult to convince certain establishments as to the value of our idea - we were determined to prove to them it would work. As such, we put together and presented detailed proposals designed to eradicate any doubt in the minds of potential financial backers. As dozens of applications for the event came in, as well as the fact that we could capitalize on our track record of success, it became easier for us to find funds for LES 2014 than it had initially been for LES 2013. A critical hurdle was naturally securing high profile speakers, however as a team we overcame this problem by sourcing our personal contacts, networking at city events and liaising at given opportunities. Again, our proven credentials were a great help too with this task.


How did you fund such an event?

The event was funded through corporate sponsors, the European Commission, a circle of benefactors, academic sponsorship from the School of management and last but not least, the RHUL Alumni Fund.


What has been your biggest accomplishment in organizing the 2014 event?

Securing high profile speakers such as Martin Gilbert (CEO and Founder of Aberdeen Asset Management), Jan Muehlfeit (Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation), Christa Markwalder (Vice-President of the Swiss Council, Young Global Leader WEF and Head of Government & Industry Affairs, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland), Lord Bilimoria (Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer) and Dr. Richard Corbett (Former MEP and Current Advisor, European Council Cabinet) and many more. Other big accomplishments included securing corporate sponsorship, media coverage and high attendance. It was fantastic that all those who attended the symposium who we subsequently talked with told us it had been a really big success.


What advice could you give to fellow students who may be looking for follow suit?

Firstly, never give up despite the hurdles you will face. Attend city events and use this to network. Also always mobilize personal contacts and finally always remind yourself of the benefits of holding a successful event.


What does the future hold for LES? 

We are in the process of organizing next year’s event (LES 2015) for which we have a really exciting list of speakers and an incredible venue. As ever, more information can be found on our website at:







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