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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.
Chief Executive Officer
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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.
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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 Oxford Economics’ Tourism Economics division. Adam came to Oxford Economics from Global Insight, where he began its travel & tourism consulting practice. Adam has worked with over 50 tourism offices throughout the world.
Adam has advised destinations on tourism investment policy, entry procedures, tourism taxation, and marketing strategies. He has provided destinations with analysis on market positioning and emerging opportunities. Adam is an authority on measuring the economic impact of tourism activity and has implemented the UN-methodology for measuring the tourism sector (Tourism Satellite Accounts) for over 20 destinations.
Adam has consulted with multinational hotel chains, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, theme parks, resort developers, and retail operators to measure current and future market opportunities. He has presented to numerous corporate strategic planning teams on the threats and opportunities facing their businesses within the projected travel and economic climate. He is experienced in developing custom systems for quantifying tourism-market segment opportunities and has developed tourism forecasting models with exceptional track records. Adam is a regular conference speaker on issues related to tourism market analysis, the economic impact of tourism and travel-demand forecasting.
Managing Director, Macro Consulting & COO, Oxford Economics USA
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Scott Livermore oversees the day-to-day running of Oxford Economics’ macroeconomic consultancy division and leads many of the major projects in this area. Scott is also COO of Oxford Economics USA and manages the New York office.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Thought Leadership
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Debra D'Agostino founded Oxford Economics’ Thought Leadership division and serves as its managing director. She oversees ground-breaking research programs, created in partnership with some of the world’s most forward-looking companies and organizations, on a variety of business-related issues, including business transformation, disruptive technology, talent and diversity, enterprise risk management, and corporate finance. She has extensive experience helping C-level executives improve their approach to business strategy and enterprise technology.
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. For several years she authored the magazine’s Strategic Technology column, which earned numerous awards from American Business Media and the American Society of Business Publication Editors for excellence in business journalism.
Debra is passionate about the impact of emerging technologies and the influence of talent, human capital, and diversity on business operations and the global economy. 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.
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Noelani King Conradie is the Managing Director for 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. 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 25 people and in 2015 Noelani sold a majority stake in NKC to Oxford Economics. The company name was then rebranded as NKC African Economics.