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ADVISORY GROUP

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United Kingdom

Simon Collins

Simon is the co-founder of Gold Collins, a crisis advisory business, and has a variety of chair, board and advisory roles with UK and international organisations.

After 12 years in banking at SG Warburg & Co and NatWest, he joined KPMG in 1998. He became UK Chairman and Senior Partner from 2012 to 2017, establishing a reputation as a leading champion for responsible business.

Simon is now a leader and advisor to various scale-up businesses, including Chairman of Decoded as well as Advisory Board member at Quantexa and Signal AI.

Simon holds a number of not-for-profit positions, including a NED at the Royal Air Force, Chairman of Resilience First, alongside roles with Cancer Research UK and Manchester University. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986, having graduated from the University of Manchester.

Canada

David Dodge

David Dodge is Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Chairs the National Council of the C.D. Howe Institute.

During a distinguished career in the federal public service, Mr. Dodge held senior positions in the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board, and the Department of Employment and Immigration. After serving in a number of increasingly senior positions at the Department of Finance, including that of G-7 Deputy, he was Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997. In that role, he served as a member of the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors.

In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health, a position he held until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada. And in 2001 he was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada. He retired in 2008. From July 2008 to June 2014, he served as Chancellor of Queen’s University. From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the board of directors of Canadian Utilities Limited, ATCO Limited and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

During his academic career, he taught economics at Queen’s University; at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and at Simon Fraser University. He also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Mr. Dodge has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities. In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

A native of Toronto, Mr. Dodge received a bachelor’s degree (honours) from Queen’s University, and a PhD in economics from Princeton.

United Kingdom

Sir Martin Donnelly

Sir Martin is President of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of Boeing UK and Ireland. He is also a non-executive member of the National Audit Office.

Martin has enjoyed a distinguished career in the British civil service. Starting in HM Treasury, he then held senior posts in Brussels and Paris before becoming Director-General for Economics in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In 2010 he was acting head of the FCO, before spending six years as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills. Most recently, he was Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade during the initial Brexit negotiations.

​Sir Martin has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Diploma in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and is a graduate of Ecole National d’Administration, Paris.

Australia

Saul Eslake

Saul’s over-forty years’ experience as a professional economist includes thirty years as chief economist at a number of financial institutions, including: National Mutual Ltd (at the time, Australia’s second-largest life insurance business); the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), one of Australia’s four large commercial banks; and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also served on a variety of government advisory panels in Australia, covering statistics, foreign affairs and trade, tourism, housing and the arts. 

In 2015 Saul returned to the island state of Tasmania, where he grew up, and is now based there. Saul currently serves on the Advisory Panels for the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office, and the Australian Taxation Office’s ‘Tax Gap’ Project; and is also on the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds, a Melbourne-based specialist government bond fund manager.

​Saul holds a first-class honours degree in Economics and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania. He also undertook the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in New York, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors course.

United Kingdom

Savio Figueredo

Savio is a Managing Director and co-founder of CubicStone Capital Management, CubicStone – www.cubicstone.co.uk a London based financial services firm that provides advice and arranges transactions for those looking to raise or invest capital.

Previously, Savio was an Executive Director and Board Member of CMB Wealth Management Ltd, and a Director at Barclays Wealth. Savio has a wealth of experience in Wealth Management, Private Banking, Corporate Banking and Financial Services. He has a particular interest in the Branded Goods sector, and works with a variety of people covering Italian businesses.

Savio is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking (ACIB) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Canada

Jonathan Fried

Now based in Ottawa, Jonathan is an independent consultant. He is a Senior Advisor with the Ottawa office of Bennett Jones, LLP, a Canada-based international law firm; with the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC; and a Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also in Washington, DC. In addition, Jonathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Foundation and of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; one of two Lead Advisors to the World Economic Forum’s International Trade and Investment Platform; and member of the Board of Directors of the Health Standards Organization and of the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the World Trade Board, and the Central and East European Law Institute.

Jonathan’s distinguished diplomatic career for Canada has spanned law, economics, and trade, including as G20 Sherpa; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO; Ambassador to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the IMF; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance and Canada’s G7 and G20 Finance Deputy. He was formerly Canada’s Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; chief counsel for NAFTA; and Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. 

Jonathan holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from Columbia University.

United Kingdom

Paul Greatbatch

Paul Greatbatch was a Partner & Portfolio Manager at Genesis Investment Management from 1994-2013, one the oldest specialist managers operating in Emerging Markets on behalf of large institutional clients. During that time his investment responsibilities included the CEE region, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Kenya. From 1990-1994 he lived in Budapest during the transition era, where he worked as an economics consultant and was one of the founders of Concorde Securities, Hungary’s leading independent financial firm. Previously, from 1980, he had been a US specialist at Merrill Lynch & Co, Dean Witter and Prudential Securities.

Since leaving Genesis in 2013, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political Economy of King’s College, London where he gives talks and organises events on subjects related to finance and economics.

A resident of Hay-on-Wye on the England-Wales border, where he and his wife own a leading bookshop, Paul has been part of the team which restored Hay Castle and transformed it into a leading venue for the arts and learning.

United Kingdom

Ian Harwood

Ian Harwood has over 45 years’ experience as a City economist, focused upon worldwide economic and financial developments. Educated at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge he began his career as stockbroker Rowe & Pitman’s first-ever economist and was subsequently Chief Economist of SG Warburg (1986–94) and Dresdner Kleinwort (1994–2008).

His work has been highly valued by institutional investors world-wide. Indeed, prior to ‘stepping-back’ from full-time work in investment banking he was voted Number One in the Global Economics and European Economics categories of the annual Extel and Institutional Investor surveys respectively.

Since embarking upon his subsequent “portfolio” career Ian has undertaken a wide range of economics-focussed, investment advisory, educational and charitable roles. He was for many years Economics Adviser at Redburn, a stockbroking firm which focussed exclusively upon the provision of research advice to institutional investors. He is currently External Investment Adviser to insurer MS-Amlin and the BAE Systems Pension Fund and is a Trustee Director of the UBS Pension Scheme. He is also the co-author (with three others) of “How to be a Successful Economist”, published by Oxford University Press in December 2022.

A Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, he served on the Society’s Council from 2008 to 2017, playing a leading role in pushing for substantive changes in the way Economics is taught in British universities. He served as an employer representative on the Quality Assurance Agency’s Economics Degree Benchmarking Committee which reported in 2015. He also led the creation of the Society of Professional Economists’ Continuing Professional Development programme and is currently the Society’s Book Reviews Editor.

Germany

Dr Michael Heise

Based in Munich and Frankfurt, Michael is an independent consultant, working as Chief Economist for the multi-family office HQ Trust and as an economic consultant for other companies.

Michael worked for the German Council of Economic Experts, where he became Secretary General in 1998. In 2005 he left the public sector to become Chief Economist for DG Bank, and then in later years for DZ Bank and Dresdner Bank and Allianz. Michael teaches economics at Frankfurt University, and has written books on the eurozone economy and monetary policy. He broadcasts frequently, and has lectured at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main. He is an honorary professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. ​

Michael received his undergraduate degree and his doctorate from the University of Cologne.

United Kingdom

Dr Peter Holmes

Based in Sussex, Peter is a Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, and a director of InterAnalysis, a spinoff company of the University of Sussex that produces TradeSift software for analysing trade data and trade policy. 

Peter taught economics at the University of Sussex from 1974 to 2020, and is a visiting teacher at the College of Europe. He specialises in Brexit and EU and WTO affairs. He is interested in, and has written widely on, the relationship among the complex of policies on trade, competition, and regulation, including border carbon adjustments and software IP, as well as broader issues of regional economic integration. 

He has collaborated with lawyers and political scientists; has given evidence on numerous occasions to parliamentary committees; and has written reports for the European Commission, UNCTAD, and the World Bank. He has been involved in training work for the government in the UK and also in South Asia, Africa, and Central Europe. He is regularly interviewed by UK and international press outlets. 

Peter holds a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

United Kingdom

Gerry Holtham

Based in Cardiff and London, Gerald is Hodge Professor of Regional Economy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Managing Partner at Cadwyn Capital.

Prior to that he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Chief Investment Officer at Morley Fund Management, Director of the Institute of Public Policy Research, Chief Economist at Lehman Brothers, and Head of the General Economics Division in the OECD Economics Directorate. He has served as a member of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Economic Research Advisory Panel and chaired the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales.

Gerald holds BA and M.Phil degrees in PPE (Economics) from the University of Oxford. He was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2015.

United Kingdom

Russell Jones

Russell is a macroeconomist, economic historian, and writer.

He was a macroeconomist and strategist in the financial markets for more than 35 years, occupying senior roles in London, Tokyo, the Middle East, and Sydney, working on both the ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ sides. He spent ten years at Lehman Brothers, where he was Chief Economist for Asia and Head of Foreign Exchange Research, and for a period was Chief Economist for the Treasury Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Most recently, he was Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy at Westpac Institutional Bank, and a partner in Llewellyn Consulting for seven years. 

Russell holds BSc and MSc degrees in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol.

Ireland and the Netherlands

Han de Jong

Based in Ireland, and a regular commuter to the Netherlands, Han is an independent economist. He currently advises family offices and a charity in the area of wealth management.

Between 2005 and the end of 2019 Han was Chief Economist at ABN AMRO. Previously, he was responsible for Fixed Income research and Investment Strategy in the bank. He also served 10 years on the investment committee of several Dutch pension funds, and has been an expert witness to the Dutch parliament in the area of pension system reform. Han was Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers in Dublin, Ireland, between 1992 and 1997. He started his career teaching at secondary and third level. 

Han is the ‘daily economics commentator’ on a Dutch financial radio station, BNR; writes regular economic and investment commentary; and teaches ‘Macroeconomics and Financial Markets’ at the VU university in Amsterdam as well as through ad hoc webinars.

Han holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

United States

Professor Laurence Kotlikoff

Laurence Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, a Research Associate of the Gaidar Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Goodman Institute. His website is https://kotlikoff.net/

From 1977 through 1983, Laurence served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 he was a Senior Economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has served as a consultant to many bodies, in the US and abroad, including the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and numerous finance ministries, central banks, and companies. In 2016, Kotlikoff ran for President as a registered write-in candidate.

Kotlikoff’s writings and research address personal finance, inequality, taxation, Social Security, climate change, investing, healthcare, deficits, and insurance. Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 20 books (his most recent is Money Magic), hundreds of professional journal articles, and a multitude of op eds and blogs.

Kotlikoff’s company markets economics-based financial planning software, including maxifiplanner.com, maximizemysocialssecurity.com, and analyzemydivorcesettlement.com.

Kotlikoff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

United States

Jack Malvey

Based in the US, Jack Malvey (CFA) is Special Counselor at the Center for Financial Stability.

Jack was Chief Global Markets Strategist and Director of the Center for Global Investment and Market Intelligence for BNY Mellon Investment Management (2011-2016). Prior to that, he consulted to key global capital market institutions, including serving on the Investment Advisory Committee of the New York State Teachers Retirement System (2009-2011) and the Advisory Board of Discern (2010-2011) ‒ an independent equity research provider, headquartered in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Barclays Capital in 2008 as Managing Director and Bond Strategist, Jack was Chief Global Fixed-Income Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Corporate Bond Strategist. Jack also directed Lehman Brothers Global Family of Indices, Lehman Brothers Global Relative Value publication, hosted Lehman’s weekly Bond Show, and chaired Lehman’s investment strategy committee.

Previously, Jack was Director of Corporate Bond Research at Kidder Peabody and an analyst at Moody’s Investor Services.

Jack also served as a Trustee of the Kellogg Foundation. He belongs to the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Fixed Income Analysts Society. Jack is a former President of the Fixed Income Analysts Society and was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the inaugural President’s Award in 2015.

Jack received an AB in economics from Georgetown University.

South Africa

Frederic Mariette

Now based in Cape Town, Frederic is co-founder of Levantine & Co., a boutique Merchant Bank that provides Asset and Wealth Management, Family Office and Corporate and Investment Banking services in EMEA to individuals and corporations (www.levantine-co.com).

Frederic has over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets in Paris, London, New York, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. He worked for six years in The Bank of New York Mellon in global custody and value-added services, moving to JPMorgan in 2002 where he focussed on key blue-chip corporates, financial institutions, and government agencies. In 2005 he relocated to South Africa as head of JPMorgan Nigeria and was involved mainly in trade finance and liquidity management transactions. Frederic joined Natixis in Johannesburg to head their investment bank in South Africa in 2010, where he gained substantial commodities and infrastructure finance experience and was involved in asset management for institutional investors across Africa.

Frederic holds a BA honours degree from the University of Salford in Business Management and Systems Modelling. He is regulated by the FSCA in South Africa.

United Kingdom

John Nugée

John is an Independent Consultant based in London: his consultancy Laburnum Consulting – Independent economic and geopolitical commentary (laburnum-consulting.co.uk) advises on economic and geopolitical issues. John holds a number of non-executive positions for NGOs, charities, and think tanks; he is also a school governor.

For most of his career John worked in the official sector, including spells as the Executive Director in charge of reserves management at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and as the Chief Manager, Reserves, at the Bank of England. He was also a director of the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund, an advisor to the European Commission’s Working Group of Technical Experts on Markets, and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. In the academic sphere he was a senior lecturer at the Macro-Economic and Financial Management Institute of Africa (MEFMI), a lecturer and technical advisor at the Bank of England’s Centre for Central Banking Studies, a visiting lecturer at the New York Federal Reserve and until recently a lecturer in Politics and Economics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in south west London.

John holds an MA in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics.

United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Sentance

Andrew in an independent business economist based in the UK, where he is a Senior Adviser to Cambridge Econometrics and a part-time Professor at Warwick Business School.

He worked with PwC as their Senior Economic Adviser from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that he served for five years on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), through the global financial crisis and its aftermath. Prior to his time at the Bank of England, Andrew held a number of senior positions as an economist in the business world: Chief Economist at British Airways; Director of the Centre for Economic Forecasting at London Business School; and Director of Economic Affairs at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Andrew holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2012.

France

Nick Vanston

Based in Nîmes, Nick is an independent economic policy analyst.

Nick had a 30-year career at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prior to that, he was a Director of Commodities Research Unit (CRU) in London, and taught economics at the University of Oxford, UK.

Nick held a range of positions in the Economics Department of the OECD. In the Country Studies Division his teams followed all aspects of the economies of several individual OECD countries. In the General Economics Division they covered economic issues affecting all countries: growth, trade, labour markets, competition policy, structural reforms etc. Nick made numerous individual contributions to the OECD Economic Outlook publication, as well as to many individual OECD country Economic Surveys and other reports. After leaving the OECD, Nick has worked as a consultant on a wide variety of economic issues and countries, from innovation policy to tax havens.

Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Oxford.

United Kingdom

Nick Vaughan

Nick is an independent macroeconomist with 30 years’ experience, including 15 years in the UK Finance Ministry (HMT). Nick has a comparative advantage in all aspects of economic policy, financial markets, National Accounts and technical skills e.g. macromodelling. He is currently Special Adviser, Innovative Finance, to the Education Commission.

During his 15 years in HM Treasury, Nick undertook a wide range of activities, including originating, developing, and leading the technical discussion that led to the establishment of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm); developing the Treasury macroeconomic model and the economic and fiscal forecasts that it supports; and from 2008 leading the UK Treasury’s economic and fiscal forecasts through the global financial crisis.

Nick was then promoted to Director of National Accounts and Economic Statistics (NAES), and then Chief Economist & Director for NAES at the Office for National Statistics, where he led the transformation of UK economic statistics. Following that he was Chief Economic adviser for the States of Jersey.

Nick holds an MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London.

United Kingdom

David Vines

David is an Australian macroeconomist with a career in research, writing and teaching in the UK. He is Emeritus Professor of Economics, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, at Oxford University, and Director of the Ethics and Economics Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking in the Oxford Martin School. He is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. From 1985 to 1992 David was Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at Glasgow University.

David’s initial work was with the Nobel Prize winner James Meade in Cambridge; together they published some of the earliest research on inflation-targeting regimes. At the time of the global financial crisis, David was the Research Director of a European Union Framework Seven Research Programme that was analysing global economic governance. He worked closely with the CEPR to provide vital support for the UK Treasury, Cabinet Office and Foreign Office, in the run up to the G20 Summit in April 2009. After the crisis David convened an interdisciplinary group to study reform of the UK financial system, working within the Balliol College Interdisciplinary Institute. This led to a book called Capital Failure: Restoring Trust in the Financial Services, co-edited with Nicholas Morris, which was widely influential. More recently David played a significant role during Australia’s Presidency of the G20, providing senior Treasury officials, including the Secretary of the Treasury and Australia’s G20 Sherpa, with advice on Australia’s proposals for raising the global rate of economic growth. This approach required considerable sensitivity, since the Australian government was pro-austerity at the time. The proposals were adopted by world leaders at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.

David’s latest publications include Keynes: Useful Economics for the World Economy, written jointly with Peter Temin of MIT, a book which places Keynes’ General Theory in its global context. He is currently writing about the history of Australia as a settler economy, and the reasons for policy successes there since Federation in 1901.

David holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Melbourne University, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Simon Collins

United Kingdom

David Dodge

Canada

Sir Martin Donnelly

United Kingdom

Saul Eslake

Australia

Savio Figueredo

United Kingdom

Jonathan Fried

Canada

Paul Greatbatch

United Kingdom

Ian Harwood

United Kingdom

Dr Michael Heise

Germany

Dr Peter Holmes

United Kingdom

Gerry Holtham

United Kingdom

Russell Jones

United Kingdom

Han de Jong

Ireland and the Netherlands

Professor Laurence Kotlikoff

United States

Jack Malvey

United States

Frederic Mariette

South Africa

John Nugée

United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Sentance

United Kingdom

Nick Vanston

France

Nick Vaughan

United Kingdom

David Vines

United Kingdom

Simon Collins

United Kingdom

David Dodge

Canada

Sir Martin Donnelly

United Kingdom

Saul Eslake

Australia

Savio Figueredo

United Kingdom

Jonathan Fried

Canada

Paul Greatbatch

United Kingdom

Ian Harwood

United Kingdom

Dr Michael Heise

Germany

Dr Peter Holmes

United Kingdom

Gerry Holtham

United Kingdom

Russell Jones

United Kingdom

Han de Jong

Ireland and the Netherlands

Professor Laurence Kotlikoff

United States

Jack Malvey

United States

Frederic Mariette

South Africa

John Nugée

United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Sentance

United Kingdom

Nick Vanston

France

Nick Vaughan

United Kingdom

David Vines

United Kingdom
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