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The Department maintains strong links with its alumni, who are often able to provide advice, contacts and networking opportunities to current students.

Economics@Work is a series of talks about jobs in Economics with

  • Practitioner insights
  • Case studies
  • Careers advice
  • Q&A


Talk 1: Justin Basini CEO & Co-Founder ClearScore 

Economics @Work returned fot the new academic year on the 13th October with a talk organised in conjunction with the RHUL Econ Society

Entrepreneur, author, and blogger Justin Basini, talked about his experiences as the CEO & Co-founder of ClearScore. A Q&A session followed, more information about Justin can be found on his blog here.

Talk 2: Andrew Grill Managing Partner at IBM Andrew

 Global Managing Partner at IBM Andrew Grill spoke at the second Economics@Work event of the year, a Q&A session will follow the talk.

More information about Andrew, the various instituations he has worked for and his TED Talk on the evolution of social media can be found on his website here.

Watch the talk here





Talk 1: A Career in Economic Consulting

Alumni Danail Popov gave insights into his career so far, as well as his current position as a senior consultant advising government departments and regulatory bodies in the UK and Europe at Frontier; one of Europe's largest economic consultancies.

Danail also followed his talk with mock interviews for the position of 'Analyst' with pre selected candidates.

Talk 2: Competition in Online Markets Google Amazon & Co.

Amelia Fletcher OBE and former Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading, Non-Executive Director at the Financial Conduct Authority gave a presentation on competition and consumer policy. She has a particular interest in the implications for competition and consumer policy of behavioural economics and online markets.

Talk 3: Career Perspectives in Finance


James Ruane: Deutsche Bank

James Ruana is a Managing Director in Group Strategy (AfK) at Deutsche Bank. His responsibilities include Corporate M&A and Regulatory Strategy. At DB, he has been involved with transactions including the $1.7bn sale of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to Blackstone, the sale of Tilney Investment Management to Permira, and the sale of DB's Stable Value Asset Management business to Goldman Sachs. 

Grellan McGrath: Bank of England

Greallan McGrath is Private Secretary to Minouche Shafik, Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking at the Bank of England

Talk 4: What Can I do with my Economics Degree?

Recent graduates from the Department of Economics returned to Royal Holloway to talk about their careers since graduating. You can view their presentation slides by clicking on their names below.


Cinzia Rienzo: National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Clemens Moehring: Ernst and Young

Giles Doy: Department of Health

Talk 5: Forecasting Real Estate Markets

Organised in collaboration with RHUL's Geography department, 'Forcasting Real Estate Markets, Where are Asia's Real Estate Markets Headed' will feature Nick Price and Christina Banks. Partner and Associate respectively, both currently work for 'Property market Analysis' (PMA) one of the largest truly independent property consultancies in the world.


Nick Price: Property Market Analysis

Christina Banks: Property Market Analysis


Talk 6: What Does it take to Become a Banks Market Risk Manager? 

Florent Boussié is a senior risk market manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Since 2010 he has covered a wide range of products from Hybrids to Credit Valuation Adjustment. He qualified as an Engineer in France and for many years was a derivatives trader for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Susquehanna and The Bank of New York.


Florent Boussié: Royal bank of Scotland



Talk 1: What Can I do with my Economics Degree?

Azad Zangana (Schroders- European Economist)

Schroders is a British multinational asset management company with over 200 years of experience in the world’s financial markets. Azad’s role as European Economist involves analysing economics markets to advise fund managers on investments, as well as writing independent research, speaking at conferences and appearing on television.


James Lambert (Ashurst- Senior Economist)

James Lambert Econ@Work Presentation

Ashurst is a leading international law firm advising corporates, financial institutions and governments. Their core businesses are in corporate finance, energy, resources and infrastructure. Ashurst have 25 offices in 14 countries as well as associated offices in Jakarta and Jeddah.

James is a Senior Economist in the Competition and EU department. He has been previously employed in the Government Economic Service Fast Stream with experience of working at both the OFT and the Competition Commission.  


Danail Popov (Frontier Economics- Senior Consultant)

Danail Popov Econ@Work Presentation

Frontier is a economics consultancy firm which applies economics to markets, organisations and policies. They help their clients to analyse and understand their markets and to formulate strategies based on sound Economics. Frontier advise across sectors and countries and are one of the largest economic consultancies in Europe (with offices in Brussels, Cologne, Dublin, London and Madrid). Danail is a senior consultant at Frontier, advising government departments and regulatory bodies in the UK and Europe.  


Edward Fisher (Amro Real Estate Partners- Investment Director)

Edward Fisher Econ@Work Presentation

Amro Real Estate Partners are a property development and investment company. Edward's role covers quite a broad spectrum of different areas: -Site Buying - Design and planning -Construction -Equity raising -Debt raising -Asset management -People management -Business strategy.

Prior to Edward's current role he spent four years in commercial and investment banking with Barclays.

Talk 2: BP Derivatives

This presentation was brought to students by BBA (Bull and Bear Association) and BP along with Economics@Work.

Topics that were explored include:

  • Insights into trading
  • Futures and Options
  • How to place a trade
  • Trade negotiation
  • and BP career opportunities

You can view the slides that were shown at the BP presentation by clicking here.

Talk 3: Careers in Macroeconomics: Experiences of a Chief Economist 

Ganriel Stein is the Managing Director of Stein Brothers (UK), a macroeconomic research consultancy; and also Chief Economic Advisor to OMFIF (the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum). In May 2013 Gabriel became Special Advisor to Oxford Economics. As of 1st June 2013, he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London. He is a Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and a Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China.

Gabriel has written and commented extensively on topics such as the problems of monetary unions, demographics and pensions issues, broad money and credit flows and on sectoral financial balances. In 2005 he predicted that central bankers would lose their semi-divine status through failure to control asset-price bubbles, a forecast confirmed by the Great Recession of 2008-2010. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and appears regularly on radio and television.

Talk 4: Tips & Tricks from Recent RHUL Graduates

Recent graduates shared their tips and tricks for starting a career in finance.


Alexis Alexandrou: Securities Sales Analyst (Deutsche Bank)

Stefan Jean-Luc Bilby: Graduate Trainee (Legal & General Investment Management)

Nikhil Deol Lead: Business Analyst (Financial Software Limited)

Jakub Grabowski: Associate (Ingelton Partners LLP)

Talk 5: Aston Martin; a Life, a Brand, Fast Cars

Ulrich Bez has been working in the car industry for more than 40 years. Starting off with Porsche, he later moved on to BMW and Daewoo in Korea, until he finally became CEO and Chairman of Aston Martin under Ford ownership in 2000.

Ulrich Bez received a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Berlin, and in 2012 and Honorary Doctorate from Solent University in Southampton for his wide contributions to the industry.

At the talk, Dr Ulrich Bez, explored his time with the company and shared his personal tips he leared from his impressive career to date.

Talk 6: Working for the UK Government

This talk was centered around working for UK Government agencies. They shared their experience and offered advice on how to start a career in an UK government agency.

Unlocking Finance for Smaller Businesses                                                                                 Stefanie Rupp: British Business Bank (Department for Business, Innovation and Skils)        

Helping those Hardest to Help                                                                                                          Amir Alan: Social Justice (Department for Work and Pensions) 

Talk 7: KPMG

This talk was given by part of Europe's largest accountancy firms and included useful and practical information relating to KPMG's recruitment process. The talk also included everything you would want to know about tax, auditing and consultation and was followed by a Q&A session.




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