Ex-Greek Finance Minister, Nikos Christodoulakis
7th March 2013
The society’s last speaker event of the year: a ‘Lunch and Learn’ with recent Greek Finance Minister, Nikos Christodoulakis.The talk was entitled “From Grexit to Growth: How feasible is Greece exiting the crisis?” Nikos Christodoulakis was the Greek Minister for Economy and Finance from 2001 to 2004. He is currently Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and remains a Member of Parliament. During his time as Minister of the Economy and Finance, Mr Christodoulakis was Chairman of the Finance Ministers Council (ECOFIN) in the European Union, during the Greek presidency. He also chaired Eurogroup where he participated in international meetings with the G7, IMF and World Bank. This experience means he has an excellent perspective on the economic crisis ensuing in Greece and we were delighted to be able to present our members with this unmissable talk.
Bank of England Chief Economist Spencer Dale
27th February 2013
On the 27th of February the Economics Society welcomed Mr. Spencer Dale, Chief Economist and current member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to discuss the actions of the bank during and after the crisis. In an open-floor discussion the economist provided insight on quantitative easing and inflation targeting in addition to hints of what is yet to come for the United Kingdom’s financial sector.
The Finance Panel Debate
7th February 2013
On the 7th of February we welcomed five panel speakers to discuss the motion “With today’s banking sector, another financial crisis is inevitable.” The panellists included Professor Charles Goodhart, formerly on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, Dr. Andrew Woolley of the LSE, Peter Goves of Citi, Lydia Prieg of the NEF foundation and Dr. Ann Pettifor director of PRIME research. In an intellectually stimulating discussion all five guests opposed the motion.
Nicholas Dunbar: The Dark Side Of Derivatives
29th November 2012
Nicholas Dunbar is one of the most respected financial journalists in the United Kingdom and currently works for Bloomberg. In 2003, he broke the infamous story of how Greece hid debt using swaps with Goldman Sachs and is the author of the award-winning 2011 book, “The Devil’s Derivatives.” On the 29th November he came and spoke to a packed EconSoc crowd on how derivatives and other such instruments almost blew up Wall Street.
Sovereign Wealth Funds: Trends and Challenges
7th November 2012
We teamed up with Warwick Korean Society to welcome the London Head of the South Korean sovereign wealth fund, Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), which makes investments all over the world on behalf of the Korean government.
The talk offers a rare opportunity to learn about a unique financial organisation and one of the fastest-growing global economies.
Lord Robert Skidelsky: Keynesian Economics
6th March 2012
Currently the Emeritus Professor of Political Economy here at Warwick, he is considered as the leading economist in the branch of Keynesian Economics. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He was also made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. In March, he delivered a highly thought provoking speech to a packed Economics Society audience.
Dr Sachin Nandha and Sanjiv Patel: The UK in Economic Crisis
23rd February 2012
‘Economic crashes in capitalism have existed since throughout history. The great economic challenge we now face is that the world is globalised – it is one great civilisation, where one economy’s demise will be the demise of everyone’s. To avert the next great calamity, what we need is not better hindsight, but wisdom to better navigate through a deeply troubling future. We need “good” capitalists.’ Dr Sachin Nandha (The Managing Director of the WeComeOne Group) and Sanjiv Patel (Managing Director of Integral Wealth Management) explored a number of very interesting case studies surrounding successful capitalists and considered what success must mean in the new economy if we are to move away from another major bust.
Lyndon Nelson and John Longbottom: Global Fault Lines and Financial Instability
2nd February 2012
The Vickers Report, Basel III and MiFID II and the resulting economic legislation following the financial crisis were set to vastly change the landscape of the financial industry. Regulation plays a pivotal role in the financial sector. As a result, we brought some leading experts from the financial regulator, the FSA: Lyndon Nelson, Director of Risk and Financial Stability Division, and John Longbottom, an Economic Advisor at the FSA, to deliver a speech to our members.
George Buckley: The Eurozone Crisis: The Impact, The Risks, The Future
14th November 2011
George Buckley graduated with a BA in Economics from Bangor in 1993. He is now Chief UK Economist for Deutsche Bank in London and on Monday 14th November marked our most successful event of the term with approximately 350 students attending. With students ranging from first year to post-graduates, members were able to get a unique insight into George’s views on the sovereign debt crisis with particular respect to the macroeconomic effects on the UK economy.
Paul Ormerod: A New Economic Perspective
27th October 2011
On Thursday 27th October, Paul Ormerod, the best-selling author of “Butterfly Economics” and a leading academic, was invited to start our speaker series. Providing a ‘new perspective’ on economics, the talk allowed students to explore new ways to tackle classic issues. The talk itself explored developments such as the internet and the influence it can have on economics. Attendance was strong with over 100 members filling the lecture theatre, the speaker series got off to an excellent success.