The Faculty 2019

The OUBEP teaching faculty brings together academic and industry experts, who combine world-leading research with real-world experience. The faculty for 2019 are currently being finalised. The 2018 faculty are listed below.

Course Director

The Course Director faciliates the smooth running of the programme over the two weeks. A new Course Director is appointed each year, and the role is usually held by a recent OUBEP alumnus.

Mike Thomas

Mike is the Global Category Manager at Procter & Gamble Chemicals leading their Global network design and marketing.

Mike was educated in Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University. He has worked for Procter & Gamble for 25 years in Supply Chain and Procurement in the UK, Switzerland and Costa Rica. Prior to Procter & Gamble, Mike was a Captain in the Royal Engineers. Mike is an OUBEP alumni from 2004.

Core Faculty

The core OUBEP teaching faculty are lecturers and researchers from the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. The Senior Tutor coordinates all of the academic content of the programme, and the Syndicate Tutors support individual learning throughout the course by facilitating discussion and analysis. Every member of the core faculty attends all of the classes, meals and events that run throughout the two week programme.

Rui Esteves

Senior Tutor

Rui runs the academic side of OUBEP. Rui is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Economics Department at Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor of Brasenose College. Before coming to Oxford, Rui held an academic appointment at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He was educated in the Universities of Porto and California, Berkeley.  He is specialized in monetary and financial history, straddling the fields of international finance, institutional economics and public finance. His research provides perspective on the globalization of finance, financial crises, sovereign debt, financial market architecture, the choice of exchange rate regimes and emigrant remittances, as well as rent-seeking and corruption in public office.

Michalis Rousakis

Syndicate Tutor

Michalis is a Lecturer at Merton College and at Brasenose College, having arrived at the University of Oxford in 2014 as a Career Development Fellow. Prior to Oxford, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick in 2012 and spent two years as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence afterwards.

His research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, and his current research is on the central bank communication policies

Alex Teytelboym

Syndicate Tutor

Alex Teytelboym is an Associate Professor in Economics within the Department of Economics in Oxford, Tutorial Fellow at St Catherine’s College, and Deputy Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School. Alex is an economist who is interested in market design as well as social and economic networks. His main research interests lie within market design (e.g. matching markets and auctions) and network economics. He is interested in the applications of economic theory to many policy areas, including environment, energy, and refugee resettlement. Before joining the economics department at Oxford, he was the Otto Poon Research Fellow at INET and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Information and Decision System at M.I.T. He received a B.Sc in Economics (2008) from the London School of Economics and M. Phil. (2010) and D. Phil. in Economics (2013)

Petr Sedlacek

Syndicate Tutor

Petr is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of Christ Church. After completing his PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Petr became an Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn in 2012. In 2017 Petr joined Oxford and has been teaching Advanced Macroeconomics and Labour Economics. His research focuses on understanding the differences in performance across firms and what such differences imply for the macroeconomy. This research was recently awarded the Starting Grant of the European Research Council. Petr is also an external advisor to the European Commission regarding modelling the impact of R&D policies.

Guest Faculty

The Guest Facutly is comprised of first-class economists selected from a variety of academic and industry-based organisations. These faculty members present on specialised topics and expand on theoretical ideas to provoke new thinking.

Beata Javorcik

Beata Javorcik is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College. She specializes in international trade and economic development. Prior to coming to Oxford, she worked for eight years at the World Bank in Washington DC where she was involved in lending operations and provided policy advice to developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. She holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Johannes Abeler

Johannes Abeler University of Oxford Johannes is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Tutorial Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. After studies of Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, he completed a PhD in Economics at the University of Bonn and then moved to the University of Nottingham. He joined Oxford in 2011 and is teaching mainly Public Economics and Microeconomics. In his research, he applies insights from behavioural and experimental economics to questions in labour and public economics. His research has studied the economic effects of honesty, disappointment, fairness, complexity, and fungibility.

Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn University of Oxford Cameron Hepburn is an economist with over a decade’s experience working on environmental and climate change issues, with particular interests in the theory and implementation of emissions trading, the economics and ethics of cost-benefit analysis, and the economics of apparently irrational individual behaviour. He has advised various governments and international institutions on environmental and climate policy, and has worked with a range of private sector clients on environmental and climate strategy. He currently holds Fellowships at Oxford University (New College and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment) and is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (Grantham Research Institute). He is also a member of the UK Defra Academic Panel and the Ofgem Environmental Economists Panel, an Associate Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and is a co-founder and Director of Climate Bridge Ltd and Vivid Economics Ltd. He holds a D.Phil. and an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and first class degrees in Law and Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Robert Joyce

Robert is Deputy Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He runs the Income, Work and Welfare sector, which leads the organisation's research and policy analysis on inequalities and welfare policy. He is also a member of the Expert Panel leading "The IFS Deaton Review:

Inequalities in the 21st Century", a £2.5 million research collaboration with Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton and other world-leading social scientists, examining the causes of inequality and what can and should be done about it; and he sits on the Social Metrics Commission, which is an independent Commission formed to develop a new and better approach to poverty measurement. He is a former editor of IFS' two flagship annual

Publications: "The IFS Green Budget", which assesses the Chancellor's policy options on taxation and public spending, and the annual audit and analysis of "Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK". His own research focuses mainly on various aspects of economic inequality - particularly those related to the labour market - and the design of the welfare system

David Myatt

David is a Professor at London Business School, where we has also served as Chair of the Economics Subject Area, Deputy Dean for Degree Education, and Academic President of the LBS Dubai Centre. He was educated at the London School of Economics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University.

David’s academic research uses the tools of game theory (the analysis of strategic decision- making) applied to both economics and political science. In economics his research includes the study of advertising, marketing, and product design strategies; in political science, his work includes theories of leadership, voting, and executive performance.

David’s award-winning teaching ranges across core, elective, and executive education programmes.  His particular speciality is the teaching of market analysis and strategic economic analysis for participants in the LBS Executive MBA programmes in both London and Dubai.

Alexei Parakhonyak

Alexei is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Tutorial Fellow at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. After studies of Mathematical Methods in Economics, he worked in the financial modelling group in Deloitte. He completed his PhD in 2010 at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute and then moved to Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Alexei joined Oxford in 2015 where his research focuses on Industrial Organization, with a focus on consumer search theory and information asymmetries in consumer markets.

Dr. Otto Kassi

Dr. Otto Kässi is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His current research concentrates on quantitative study of online labour markets. In particular, he is interested in measuring the growth of online freelancing, and quantifying how various institutional features of online labour platforms affect the labour market outcomes. In the past, he has worked on topics related to income risks over the lifecycle, education policy and gender income gaps.

Otto joined the Oxford Internet in 2015. Prior to coming to Oxford, he worked as a lead data scientist in a data analytics start-up. He completed MSc and PhD degrees in economics in the University of Helsinki.

Amy McAlister

Amy is a Senior Economist on the Scenarios, Stress Testing and Financial Modelling Team at Oxford Economics. She specialises in scenario analysis, macroeconomic modelling and regulatory stress testing such as IFRS9. Co-ordinating the Global Scenario Service is a key part of her work, as well as supporting users of the global economic model which she uses extensively. Amy previously spent several years forecasting Middle Eastern and African economies on the macro forecasting team. She has also contributed to a variety of bespoke consultancy projects, including model development and scenarios.

Elizabeth Baldwin

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in Economics and Tutorial Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford. She works in design of auctions, especially in multi-good settings, generally in collaboration with Paul Klemperer. This work also considers the background theory of how choice should be modelled over multiple indivisible goods. But it also spans practical design, and she has provided consulting on auction design to the Bank of England and the UK Departments of Energy and Climate Change, Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Before becoming an economist, Elizabeth was a mathematician; she received an MMath and DPhil from Oxford University, and also work as a postdoc for a couple of years, specialising in algebraic geometry. She then retrained as an economist, earning the MPhil and DPhil from the Oxford University Economics department. She worked as a postdoc in both the Grantham Research Institute of the LSE, as well as in Nuffield College and the Oxford University economics department, before becoming an Associate Professor there in 2017.

Richard B. Freeman

Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He directs the Science Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and is serving on the AAAS Initiative for Science and Technology. He has served or is serving on 12 Panels and Boards of the U.S. National Academy of Science. In 2006 he received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics, in 2007 was awarded the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) Prize in Labor Economics, and in 2011 he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2016 he received the Global Equity Organization (GEO) Judges Award, honoring exceptional contribution towards the promotion of global employee share ownership, and in the same year was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association. Professor Freeman's research interests include the job market for scientists and engineers; the transformation of scientific ideas into innovations, Chinese and Korean labor markets; the effects of AI and robots on the job market; and forms of labor market representation and employee ownership. His recent publications include: The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy (2013), and U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy (2018).

Alex J. Wood

Alex J. Wood is a Researcher at the OII. He is a sociologist of work and employment, focusing on the changing nature of employment relations and labour market transformation. Alex is currently researching new forms of worker voice and collective action in the online gig economy as part of the iLabour project. Alex previously researched online labour markets and virtual employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia as part of the “Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia” project. This project investigates the economic and social implications of new forms of economic activities in the context of ICTs for development.

Alex completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge Department of Sociology where he also worked as Research Associate on an ESRC impact acceleration project to evaluate potential ways of reducing workplace stress resulting from insecure scheduling. He also has a long standing interest in the relationships between industrial relations, union renewal and emerging forms of workplace representation and new patterns of class and inequality.

Alex’s research interests include: Job insecurity; firm flexibility; workplace control and resistance; industrial relations; union renewal and new forms of workplace representation; sociology of labour markets; economic sociology; class and inequality; online and digital labour.

Evening Speakers

Distinguished industry-leading keynote speakers join the programme in the evenings to provide topical examples of economic theory in practice.

Peter Lacy

Peter Lacy is senior managing director at Accenture and a member of its Global Leadership Council. His responsibilities include Growth, Strategy and Sustainability and he leads Accenture’s relationship with the World Economic Forum and its Digital Transformation of Industries program. He also leads Accenture UK and Ireland Strategy business.
Peter chairs various taskforces at the World Economic Forum, and he founded the WEF YGL Taskforce on Circular Economy and the WEF YGL Circular Economy Awards. He has led the world's largest study on CEO attitudes to sustainability for the United Nations' Secretary General four times, and he was a founding signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education. His latest book “Waste to Wealth – the Circular Economy Advantage” is published by Palgrave in 8 languages and is an Amazon best seller.

Robin Bew

Robin is the Managing Director (CEO) of the Economist Intelligence Unit, responsible for the overarching commercial and editorial success of the EIU’s business. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Robin was Editorial Director (2006-2013) and Chief Economist (1997-2013) of the EIU, responsible for the company’s editorial operations and leading the intellectual debate across the business—both within our country, industry and risk assessment teams and among our consulting teams. At various times in his career at the EIU he has led our Economics Unit, our Sovereign Credit and Operating Risk team, our Global Forecasting team and our Custom Research team.

Robin retains an extremely client facing role, advising many of our largest customers on global trends and business developments, as well as having direct input into clients strategy discussions. He also has a significant public profile, regularly speaking at client events, international conferences and roundtables. Robin is regularly interviewed by in major TV and print media, both in the developed world and in the emerging markets.

Robin joined the EIU in 1995. Prior to that, he was a macroeconomist with Her Majesty’s Treasury (the UK Finance Ministry). He has an MSc in Economics from the University of London, and a BSc in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University. He has attended an Executive Education Programme at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and at IE Business School in Madrid. Robin is also a Professor of Economics at IE Business School.

Dr. James Fry

James Fry did his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at New College, Oxford, and D. Phil in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford. His first university teaching positions were in Zambia and Congo Kinshasa, and he returned to England to teach Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.

In 1980, he founded LMC International as a consultancy focusing on the economics of agriculture and agri-based industries and is now the company's Chairman. In his time at LMC, he has overseen LMC’s expansion into different continents and into a number of different specialist research teams, ranging from the major crops like grains, sugar and oilseeds to coffee, cocoa and rubber. LMC then established separate teams dedicated to downstream activities, as diverse as oleochemicals, biofuels and tyres, and moved on from tyres to the auto sector, where LMC Automotive is now the world’s second largest economic consultancy in the auto sector.

LMC’s HQ is in the city centre in Oxford, and James decided to emulate LMC’s growth path by diversifying his own time, in his case, into local government by being elected to Oxford City Council seven years ago, where he chairs a wide variety of committees.

Phil Wilbraham

Phil joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow.    As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal 2.  This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal.

Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.

Phil is also Chairman of the Trustees of the BAA Pension Fund at Heathrow.

Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion.  This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients.

Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.

Robert Williams