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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 global team of 400 professionals including over 250 economists. 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.
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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.
President, Tourism Economics
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Adam Sacks is the founder and President of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company dedicated to understanding the relationship between travel and the economy.
For more than two decades, Adam has worked with destinations, industry associations, and companies around the world in the areas of opportunity and risk assessments, policy analysis, and economic impact.
He is an authority on measuring the economic impact of visitor activity and has analyzed the impacts of cruising, gaming, timeshare, hotels, new attractions and destination marketing. Adam's work has provided the foundation for billions of dollars in capital investment decisions by hotel companies, developers, and investors. Destination marketing organizations around the world rely on Tourism Economics data and scenario models to inform global marketing investment allocations.
Adam also supports trade associations in the aviation, hotel, and broader travel arena with forecasts widely considered to be an industry standard. Adam's work has influenced critical government policies in the areas of travel facilitation, taxation, and tourism promotion initiatives. Adam regularly presents to corporate strategic planning teams on the threats and opportunities facing their businesses and is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.
Chief Economist, Oxford Economics Middle East, and Managing Director
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Scott Livermore is the Chief Economist of Oxford Economics Middle East and based in Oxford’s Dubai office. He is also Managing Director of Consultancy in the Middle East and Asia, as well as a member of Oxford Economics’ Senior Management Team. Scott leads many of the major projects in the GCC and Asia which have recently included capacity building, macroeconomic modelling, and policy impact assessment engagements for government institutions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman, and IFRS 9 and Stress Testing engagements in Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
After completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and an MSc in Economics at University College London, Scott joined Oxford Economic Forecasting in 1997. During his initial five years at OEF, he worked as a country analyst for a number of European countries and participated in numerous consultancy projects for a variety of international organisations, governments and multinational companies using both Oxford Economics’ Global Economic Model and bespoke economic models.
Scott rejoined Oxford Economics in 2005 as a senior economist after spending two years at the Ministry of Finance in the Slovak Republic assisting with the government's medium-term macroeconomic framework and developing the analytical capacity of the ministry to prepare such forecasts. He has also held the positions of Managing Director of Macro and Industry Services, Managing Director of Macro Consulting, and COO of Oxford Economics USA.
Managing Director, Economic Consultancy
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Sam Moore is Managing Director, Economic Consultancy in charge of economic impact and cities services at Oxford Economics. He manages Oxford Economics’ London office and is responsible for coordinating and managing many of Oxford Economics’ major consultancy projects.
Sam manages projects across all sectors of the economy and has lead Oxford’s recent work for Airbus, AT&T, BAE Systems, CBI, Deloitte, Etihad Airways, GE, JLL, Pinewood Studios, Rolls-Royce, SAP, UK Space Agency, UPS, and the World Wide Web Foundation.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics Sam spent the previous eight years with Experian, where he managed a team of economists responsible for economic modelling. Prior to joining Experian in 1998, Sam worked in the macroeconomics division at the Office for National Statistics. He graduated from Warwick University, from which he also has an MSc in Economics, gaining a distinction for his dissertation.
Chief Information Officer and Director of IT
Arvindra Sehmi has over 30 years’ experience in academic research, capital markets and high-technology software industries, enterprise software architecture and solutions development.
After eight years at Microsoft as a global business manager and award-winning software architect and technical evangelist, Arvindra was Chief Technology Officer at a start-up building advanced social media analytics products. He spent a few years as an executive coach and mentor, and IT consultant to a number of small and medium sized businesses. At Oxford Economics he focuses on the 'front office' as well as the 'back office' driving business and IT innovation, new product development, leading IT change programs, building agile software development teams and talent management.
Arvindra has a BSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Sussex University and Leicester University respectively, an MBA from The Open Business School, and is an Alvey Scholar of The Alan Turing Institute. Connect with Arvindra on LinkedIn.
Senior Vice President, Americas & Co-Managing Director, Oxford Economics USA
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Peter Suomi is the Senior Vice President and head of business for the company in the Americas, including the United States, Canada and Latin America. He also serves as the Co-Managing Director for the firm's operations in the Americas and is a member of Oxford Economics global Senior Management Team. He is based in New York.
Prior to his role in the Americas, Peter was based in Singapore where he was the head of the firm's business in Asia-Pacific, including operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan & Australia. He also led the firm's expansion on the West Coast US, setting up operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Before joining Oxford, Peter held a number of management positions in both the US and globally. He worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit for seven years, in New York, Australia, Singapore, and India, and was instrumental in the opening of the offices in Sydney and Delhi.
Peter holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.
Managing Director, Thought Leadership; Co-Managing Director, Oxford Economics USA
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Debra D'Agostino founded Oxford Economics’ Thought Leadership division in 2011 and serves as its managing director. She oversees a global team of editors, researchers and analysts who conduct ground-breaking research programs in partnership with the world’s most forward-looking organizations, on topics ranging from business transformation, emerging technology, diversity and inclusion, talent and leadership to risk management and corporate finance. Debra also leads Oxford Economics’ global consulting business development team, serves as co-managing director for the firm’s operations in the Americas, and is a member of Oxford Economics’ global Senior Management Team.
Debra joined the firm from the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of the Economist Group, where she led the company's business research department for the Americas. Prior to the EIU, she served as an editor and writer at CIO Insight, the award-winning business and technology strategy journal she helped launch at Ziff Davis Media in 2001. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
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.
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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.
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.
Managing Director, Global Real Estate & Specialist Markets Group
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George is responsible for managing and co-ordinating Oxford’s Global Real Estate division including all sales, product development and business strategy. George also heads up Oxford’s Specialist Markets Group, focusing on global growth across Oxford’s Tourism, BIS and NKC economic business groups.
George is a member of the senior management committee and has spent 7 years with Oxford, after joining in 2012 to set up its real estate division. His main responsibilities include growing Oxford Economics’ presence within the real estate sector throughout EMEA, Asia and the Americas.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics, George held roles with Real Capital Analytics (RCA) as Director of Business Development EMEA, Manager at CoStar UK and as an Associate for Savills Plc.
George is a member of the Society of Property Researchers (SPR), US Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Research Affinity Group, The Investment Property Forum (IPF), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Old Harrovian Property Club (OHPC).
George studied at Zurich International Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Northumbria University (UK)
Senior Vice President, Business Development
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Manages the strategic growth and development of Oxford Economics’ subscription research business in the UK, Nordics, Middle East and Greater China.
Courtney joined Oxford Economics in 2014 as a Business Development Manager, working with clients in the UK, Nordics and the Middle East. In November 2015, she became Director of Business Development overseeing the BD operations in the UK, Nordics, Middle East & Africa.
Prior to Oxford Economics, Courtney worked in a multitude of international contexts. Most recently with Istanbul Gold Refinery, negotiating and managing the refinery's contracts with mining companies throughout Africa, Europe and Asia. Prior to IGR, she worked in media sales and advertising with renowned global media brands. Additionally, she spent time at the European Institute of Public Administration, as well as, NGO's in Russia and Nicaragua. Courtney has a strong background in project management and business information systems from her time at Sun Microsystems/Oracle and Monster Technology.
She holds an MSc in International Economic Development from Utrecht University in Holland and a BA in International Relations and European Studies from Ohio University in USA.
Managing Director, Europe
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Corinna heads-up Oxford Economics’ commercial and strategic efforts across Continental & Eastern Europe as well as French-speaking Africa. She is in charge of our offices in Frankfurt, Paris and Milan and the Business Development activities across the region. Corinna joined Oxford Economics in London in 2012 and moved to Frankfurt in 2015 to focus on building the continental European business. She became a member of the Senior Management Team in 2018.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics Corinna gained international experience working in Cairo and Jakarta, where she supported the government and leading businesses in promoting investment opportunities abroad. She acted as a Junior Advisor to the Russia and CIS Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and worked for a leading Indonesian consultancy focusing on market-entry strategies and PPPs. This allowed her to gain experience in consultancy and research as well as in business development.
Corinna holds a BSc in Geography with Economics from the London School of Economics, a joint MA degree in European Politics and International Relations from the Universities of Bath, SciencesPo Paris and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business from Saïd Business School in Oxford. She is fluent in English, German and French.
Managing Director, NKC African Economics
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Noelani King Conradie is the Managing Director for NKC African Economics. Towards the end of 2002, Noelani decided to launch an independent economic service and founded NKC Independent Economists. The business has since grown into a team of over 30 people and in 2015 Noelani sold a majority stake in NKC to Oxford Economics. The company name was then rebranded as NKC African Economics.
Noelani obtained her BCom (Honours) degree from Pretoria University receiving distinctions for both her undergraduate as well as postgraduate degrees. Her career started in 1995 at RMB Asset Management, before she became a financial economist at ABSA Corporate Bank's treasury department. After a period in the stock-brokering arena at SG Frankel Pollak Securities, she relocated to Cape Town to start an economics department at PSG Investment Bank in 1999.
Director of Global Industry Services
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Jeremy Leonard is responsible for overseeing the work of the industry forecasting team and managing the operation and output of Oxford Economics’ 74-country, 100-sector Global Industry Model as well as related consultancy work.
Jeremy’s knowledge and past experience span a broad range, including competitiveness and offshoring/reshoring, commodity price modelling, and applied economic research on sectors ranging from biotech to heavy manufacturing to telecoms. In addition to numerous recurring bespoke sales and output forecasts for industries as diverse as machine tools and consumer packaging, recent consulting assignments have included the drivers of competitiveness in the chemical sector, forward-looking analyses of high-growth sectors across a range of emerging economies, and the ways in which digital technologies are transforming economic activity across manufacturing and service sectors.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Jeremy ran his own consulting firm based in Montreal, Canada providing a variety of economic analysis and forecasting services related to commodity prices, competitiveness, and the Canadian and US economic outlooks for the Washington, DC-based Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, as well as serving as economic research director for the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Jeremy was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and McGill University, where he received his MA in Economics summa cum laude.
Director of City Services
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Anthony is Director of City Services at Oxford Economics. He specialises in sub-national economic forecasting and analysis and is responsible for overseeing our suite of global city forecasting services and city consultancy projects.
Anthony has worked extensively with a broad range of clients across both the public and private sectors, especially the real estate industry. He has led a number of major consultancy projects, with recent examples including providing location advice to property companies wishing to invest in European markets, an assessment of the impact of the recession on major global cities, and numerous city benchmarking studies.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 2008, Anthony was Head of Economics at Experian Business Strategies. At Experian, Anthony led the Economic Forecasting Unit, with particular responsibility for producing national and regional economic forecasts. Anthony graduated from the University of Surrey in 1999, where he obtained a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Sociology.
Managing Director of Macro and Investor Services
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Innes McFee is Managing Director of Macro and Investor Services, based in London. Innes oversees the activities of the Macro & Investor Services teams globally, including the Global Macro Forecast and Global Macro Service.
Innes joined Oxford Economics in 2017 after 6 years at Lloyds Banking Group as a Senior Economist. At Lloyds Innes was responsible for the economic scenarios underpinning the Group’s internal planning and stress testing; analysis of key risks; and developing Lloyds’ approach to multiple economic scenarios for IFRS9. In addition, Innes’ role included developing the Group’s capability in modelling macroeconomic fundamentals and UK banking markets and advising the Group Corporate Treasury on financial market developments.
Prior to joining Lloyds Innes was an Economic Advisor at HM Treasury where his roles included management of the UK’s foreign currency reserves; US economist; and G20 macroeconomic policy advisor. Innes has a first class undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Durham and a MSc in Economics from Warwick University.
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Robert joined BIS Shrapnel in 1984, was appointed a Director of the company in 1987 and then Managing Director in July 2007. In March 2017, Oxford Economics took majority control of BIS Shrapnel and it became BIS Oxford Economics and Robert continued as Managing Director until his appointment to Executive Chairman in August 2019.
He has over 35 years' experience in forecasting building activity and is a regular commentator on prospects for the residential property market. Until becoming Managing Executive Chairman Robert was responsible for our Australian, New Zealand, and Asian building forecasting services, and oversaw the Australian monthly bulletin, Building Industry Prospects. He continues to present at our bi-annual forecasting conferences.
In 1994 Robert spearheaded the launch of our Asian building forecasting series. This is an annual series, with quarterly updates, covering twelve Asian countries. Robert is regarded as Australia's leading forecaster on the building and residential markets. His views and comments are regularly sought by the national media. Many of Australia's leading builders and building material manufacturers consult with Robert in preparing their annual budget plans.
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David is the Managing Director at BIS Oxford Economics and heads the office for Australia and New Zealand. In August 2013 he moved to Sydney to establish the firm and is continuing to grow the business in this region as well as leading key projects within Australia.
Before moving to Australia David worked as part of Oxford Economics’ business development team in London. Prior to joining Oxford Economics he worked for KPMG as a management consultant, specialising in financial risk management including stress testing and scenario analysis. During this time he was also seconded to the main Financial Services regulatory body, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). He completed his degree in Economics at Nottingham University and also studied the chartered institute for securities investment diploma.