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John Walker is Chairman of Oxford Economics, which he founded in 1981.
From 1973 to 1977, John worked in the UK Treasury, where he became an economic adviser in the short-term forecasting division. He then worked for the consultancy arm of The Economist Newspaper, before becoming a Special Adviser to the EEC Commission in Brussels in 1980, where he was co-ordinator of forecasts for all the EEC countries and related forecasts for the US and Japan.
John returned to the UK in 1983 to work full-time for Oxford Economic Forecasting. He has headed Oxford's move into international forecasting, developing strong links with economists around the world and co-ordinating the development of the PC versions of the Oxford models that are now widely used in the UK and the rest of the world. As well as being a much-respected commentator on global economic prospects, John leads major consultancy projects with government departments and multinational companies from Europe and the United States on issues ranging from international capital flows to developments in the Middle East economies.
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Adrian Cooper is responsible for coordinating and managing Oxford Economics’ global economic analysis, forecasting and consultancy activities, and overseeing its team based in Oxford, London, Belfast, Paris, New York, Philadelphia, Singapore, and the UAE. He has led Oxford Economics’ work on a wide array of consultancy projects, ranging from policy advice to government departments in Europe, the US, Africa, and Asia to detailed analysis of the economic impact of particular industries and investment proposals.
Adrian spent the first seven years of his career with HM Treasury, England. During this time, he worked on the analysis of tax and other economic policy changes as part of the preparations for the UK Budget. He was also the coordinator of the government's macroeconomic forecast for two years.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 1994, Adrian was UK economist for James Capel & Company, responsible for analysing and forecasting the UK economy for institutional investors, as well as briefing Capel's own traders. Adrian was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he gained a first-class degree in Economics; and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, where he achieved a distinction in the MSc in Economics and won the Ely Devons prize for outstanding performance in the degree examinations.
Christopher Allsopp is Oxford Economics' Non-Executive Director. He is also a Fellow of New College and Reader in Economic Policy at the University of Oxford.
Christopher recently completed a Review of Statistics for Economic Policymaking (the ‘Allsopp Review’). He is a former Member of the Monetary Policy Committee (2000-03) and of the Court of Directors of the Bank of England (1997-2000). He is the current Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.
Previous activities include working at HM Treasury, the OECD and the Bank of England (where he was Adviser from 1980 to 1983) as well as extensive involvement with domestic and international policy issues as consultant to international institutions and private-sector organisations. Christopher has published extensively on monetary, fiscal and exchange-rate issues as well as the problems of economic reform and transition. Current research interests include macroeconomic adjustment in the euro area, and China.
At various stages, consultant to the World Bank, the OECD and member of the Academic Council of the IFO Institute, Munich, as well as Visiting Professor at the Collège d’Europe, Bruges; at the International University of Japan; at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University; at INSEAD, and at the Universities of Venice, Torino, Paris, Siena and Rome Tor Vergata. He was formerly a member of the Board of Finmeccanica and is a Director of Oxford Economics.
Educated in Italy and at the Universities of London (LSE), Paris and Oxford. From 1966 to 1977 at the OECD’s Department of Economics and Statistics where he was, inter alia, Head of the Growth Studies Division and Editor of the Economic Outlook. For one year (1973-74), Japan Foundation Fellow at the Research Institute of the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo. From 1977 to 2007, Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he specialised in international and applied macroeconomic issues. Since 2008 Emeritus Fellow.
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Charles Burton joined Oxford Economics in April 2008 as the Director of Business Development and is currently the company's Executive Director. He is also a fellow and council member of the Society of Business Economists and non-executive Chairman of the Sofia Property Fund, an AIM-listed real estate fund, as well as a member of the Scottish Government's Economic Consultants Advisory Group.
Charles has had a long career in business economics. He was an economist for Beecham Pharmaceuticals, before joining the Confederation of British Industry in 1975. At the CBI, he ran the company's business surveys and economic forecasting teams. As Deputy Director of Economics, he was later responsible for the CBI's economic policy representations. Between 1985 and 1988, he was in charge of the economic forecasting and consultancy business of Wharton Econometrics (now part of IHS Global Insight) in the UK and Europe. In 1988, he was CEO and one of the founding directors of Business Strategies Ltd, a leading independent forecasting and consulting operation. After its acquisition by Experian in 2002, he was the global managing director for the company's Business Strategies division.
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A member of the Board of Directors, Lou heads up Oxford Economics' global thought leadership and economic research business development activities, as well as oversees the firm’s operations in the Americas. In 2009, he founded Oxford Economics’ thought leadership division, and established Oxford Economics’ business in the Americas. Before joining Oxford Economics, Lou was President of Llesiant, a business technology firm now part of Bloomberg BNA. Previously, Lou was Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he set up the company’s thought leadership business and managed global sales, marketing and product development. He was the chairman of the Economist Group’s electronic publishing committee, and helped to lead the group’s successful transition into digital media.
Lou started his career as a journalist at Business International, a New York-based global research firm, where he hired and managed Barack Obama in 1984. He served on the White House’s business advisory committee for Latin America during the Reagan Administration in 1988-89. Lou has authored several books on finance and technology, including Global Cash Management, Automating the Finance Function, Financial Innovation and Competing in the Digital Age. Lou has a BA from Brooklyn College and an MA from City College, where he studied writing with Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Barthelme, and Joseph Heller.
Lou Celi is a leading specialist on global business, finance, risk and technology. He is recognized for his insightful commentary and analysis on digital transformation, business strategy, and innovation.
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Jens Tholstrup joined Oxford Economics in 2010 and is currently Managing Director for the UK.
From 2000 to 2010, Jens was Executive Director of Oxford Analytica, where he was a member of the management team, and as Director of Consultancy, he supervised many of the firm’s key client relationships and was responsible for Business and Financial Markets coverage. He acted as Project Director and advisor for a number of major assignments. Prior to joining Oxford Analytica, he worked in investment banking in London and Tokyo for over 20 years, principally on capital markets, leveraged finance, and corporate finance with a particular focus on financial institutions. Jens began his career at Credit Suisse White Weld (now CSFB) before moving to Hill Samuel & Co and then to become an Executive Director at SG Warburg/UBS Warburg. Jens holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.