We are a Student Run Economics Society in University College Cork Our conference brings together leading economists to talk about policy and practice.
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Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, “The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while a new column, “Since You Asked”, offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.
Tim’s first book, “The Undercover Economist” has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. He is also the author of ”The Logic of Life“, ”Dear Undercover Economist“, “Adapt” and most recently “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back“.
As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, most famously “More or Less” on Radio 4. His new Radio 4 series, which launched early in 2013, is called “Pop Up Ideas“. He is an evangelist for the power of economics, wisely used, and has spoken at TED, PopTech and Sydney Opera House.
Tim won the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and was runner up in 2010. More or Less has an outstanding record in The Royal Statistical Society’s “excellence in journalism” awards: runner up in 2011 and 2012, winning outright in 2010 and 2013; More or Less has also won awards from Mensa and HealthWatch. Tim was named one of the UK’s top 20 tweeters by The Independent.
Ciarán is currently a sitting TD for Cork South Central and Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. A UCC alumnus, Ciarán retains a very strong commitment to higher attainment and progression for Adults in education, particularly in Further and Higher Education.
Megan is currently the chief economist at Maverick Intelligence, a company that offers advisory services to private and public sector clients based on macroeconomic and policy developments in Europe. She is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a columnist at Bloomberg and a senior research fellow at Trinity College Dublin.
Previously, she was the director of European economics at Roubini Global Economics and the euro crisis expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to working as an economist, she was a political risk consultant at Oxford Analytica, an investment banking analyst at JP Morgan Chase and an advisor to the Liechtenstein royal family on eradicating money laundering in the principality’s financial services industry. She did her graduate work at Nuffield College, Oxford University and received a BA in Political Economy from Princeton University.
Mathews attended Gonzaga College and went on to study Commerce in University College Dublin. He is a fellow Chartered Accountant and worked for Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) and also ICC bank, for 20 years, where he accumulated enormous experience in SME lending, construction and property development and investment financing and loan portfolio restructurings and recovering’s in the 1980’s.
He left ICC bank in 1998 to set up his independent consultancy in banking and finance gaining international experience by setting up an EU Phare and Lithuanian Government backed property investment Fund in Lithuania in 2001.
Before entering politics in January 2011 he focused on analysing the banking and economic crash in Ireland, writing analysis’s and opinion piece in the press and participating in media discussions and debates, especially on the banking crash and the setting up of NAMA. He has been a panellist on “Tonight with Vincent Browne” throughout the Financial Crisis.
Peter is part of the newly formed Reform Alliance and is seeking election to the European Parliament in May.
Lorcan brings a uniquely knowledgeable and outside-the-box outlook on European markets, policy and politics.
Lorcan has been an independent economic consultant through his firm Agenda Research Ltd. His popular website “Corner Turned” has been watched closely by European investors and cited often in the financial media, as Lorcan has used it to break several important stories during the Eurozone debt crisis. He is acknowledged as a foremost expert in the European Central Bank’s unconventional operations.
Lorcan has been closely associated with the outspoken Irish economist David McWilliams, working on McWilliams’ book Follow The Money and his columns for the Irish Independent and theSunday Business Post.
Lorcan studied mechanical engineering at Limerick IT. Prior to his work in economics research, he has worked in a variety of roles in the mining industry, mainly with Anglo American.
A Queen’s University graduate, Brendan was Ireland correspondent of the Financial Times from 1983-86 before moving to the Irish Independent as business editor. In 1993, he was appointed group business editor at Independent newspapers and remained in that position until his recent retirement. He continues to write for Independent newspapers on economic affairs.
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