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WES: Final Countdown

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Europe’s biggest student conference, the Warwick Economics Summit, is back this February. WES released the profiles of three speakers last term, who are due to speak at the Summit.


Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve

As the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair since 2014, Dr Stanley Fischer is one of the key figures in the world of monetary policy. However, his career has not been limited to this field: Dr Fischer can count the World Bank, IMF and Citigroup amongst his previous employers, as well as being a prolific academic in his own right. In the latter role, he has been a key player in the school of New Keynesian Economics, particularly rational expectations. Dr Fischer was educated at the LSE, then completed his PhD at MIT, where he would later return as a professor and advise future economic heavyweights such as Gregory Mankiw, Ben Bernanke and Mario Draghi.


Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London

Following his MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, Mr. Martin Wolf CBE chose to work with the World Bank. His time there shaped his views on free market and globalisation, a concept he championed whilst he was the Director of Studies at the Trade Policy Research Centre in London. He then moved to the Financial Times in 1987, and was promoted to his current role as Chief Economics Commentator in 1996.Mr. Wolf is also a prominent author and has also been involved in the UK’s Independent Commission on Banking, and a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum since 1999. Finally, his experiences and practical application allows Mr. Wolf to speak with authority on topics ranging from monetary reform to climate change.


Peter Wuffli, Former Group CEO of UBS; Current chairman of the Elea Foundation

Dr. Peter Wuffli is decorated with achievements in academia as a PhD and MBA graduate from St Gallen and Wharton School respectively, to leadership positions in two of the world’s top firms McKinsey & Company, and UBS AG. He initially began his career at the latter as the Chief Financial Officer, after overseeing the merger of the Swiss Bank Corporation and the Union Bank of Switzerland, into what we know today as UBS. In 1999, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of UBS Asset Management, followed closely by a move up to President in 2001, before eventually becoming the Group CEO of UBS AG in 2003. Following his resignation, Dr. Wuffli co-founded the Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalisation, through which he is able to ‘fight poverty through entrepreneurial means’.

This year’s summit is from 10th to 12th February. Tickets will go on sale this month.

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