Meet Your Classmates | LSE Business, International Relations and the Political Economy

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The Business, International Relations and the Political Economy online certificate course enhances your understanding of the relationship between international relations and business, and how this impacts global and local markets, and your organisation.

Guided by LSE thought leaders, with expert analyses of historical events, you’ll develop a lens with which to critically analyse global events and plan accordingly. Over the eight weeks of the course, you’ll also hear from world-renowned economists, thought-leaders and professionals, as you rub shoulders with an international cohort of like-minded professionals to develop multiple perspectives and strategic frameworks.

Click the icons below to learn more about some of the members of the globally diverse group you’ll learn, collaborate and network with throughout this course:


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Xinran Wei linkedin logo image

Accountant, Richter LLP, Montreal, Canada

Why did you choose to take this course?

As a Master of Accountancy and CPA, CMA, I have been focusing on micro business. I am taking this course because the changes in the world will have significant impact on all participants.

What are you looking forward to most about this course?

I look forward to the international environment analytical models that could be applied in the future.

 

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Joost Wellens linkedin logo image

Rural Infrastructure Engineer, University of Liège, Belgium

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I crafted myself a solid field experience abroad (> 15 years in Africa) of project management in the domains of agriculture and water management. A couple of years ago my basis shifted from Africa to Belgium, where I head the “Integrated Water Management & Food Security Workgroup” at the University of Liège. I managed to keep a foot in developing countries through the monitoring of our overseas projects and as a freelance consultant.

Why did you choose to take this course?

Presently, I’d like to bring my work environment to a higher/newer level and continue expanding my experiences and know-how. Which is the principal why I listed in this course.

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Dr Ng Ronald Paul

Consultant Haematologist

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I am a 72-year-old Consultant Physician specialising in Haematology in private practice. I was Senior Lecturer in Clinical Haematology at University College Hospital Medical School in the 1970s, and later Senior Lecturer in Medicine at Hong Kong University. I am also a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Center, having been accredited by them, which is a government body under the Ministry of Law in Singapore, as well as the Regent University, London.

Why did you choose to take this course?

I moved from Hong Kong to Singapore in the 1980s, and because of that background, I write op-ed pieces for newspapers in Hong Kong from the viewpoint of an ex-Hong Kong, now Singaporean writing about Hong Kong after its handover from Britain back to China. For this reason, I think it would enhance the quality of my writings by having a broader view of political and economic affairs.

What are you looking forward to most about this course?

I look forward to deepening my ability to analyse world events in general, and events in SE Asia in particular so as to give more depth to my writings.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

“Let’s learn together and make a better world.”

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Another subject I am fascinated with is the discipline known as “Complexity and Emergent Phenomenon.” I have done a course on Agent Based Programming from Complexity Explorer, and am writing programs to analyse social events using Agent Based Programming to create models to study those phenomena. At the moment, I am cooperating with a professor in psychology and hope to have a paper published on studying Evolution of Morality using Agent Based Modeling.

 

David Calvet Canut linkedin logo image

Madrid, Spain

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I’ve worked in several industries, from chemicals to banking or pharmaceuticals, reaching top management responsibilities in all of them and setting up operations in Spain and Portugal.

Why did you choose to take this course?

From this course, I would like to get an academic while practical view on business and political relations and how they affect our day to day lives and professional careers.

What are you looking forward to most about this course?

I expect to meet people from around the globe that would enrich my personal background from their different and diverse point of views about the same key facts happening today.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I would like to at the end of this course, become a better professional, with a wider view on reality and with clear insights of our societies future development.

Aziza Mowzer linkedin logo image

Risk Officer, Coronation Fund Managers, South Africa

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Working for PwC Global Office

Why did you choose to take this course?

To help me think differently and understand how macro events can have an impact.

What are you looking forward to most about this course?

It is different to the content I’ve studied previously.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I love interacting with people and learning new things.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Taking a helicopter ride over the glaciers in Alaska.

 

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Ara Hampar Fernezian linkedin logo image

United Arab Emirates

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

  • Delivering 60% revenue growth since 2012 during the most volatile business environment in the Middle East
  • Led the digital transformation of my BU
  • Led the strategy and development of the world’s largest gathering in sustainability and fostered a relationship between my company and government partners
  • I became the Group Managing Director in the Middle East for the World’s largest event organizer and helped in building group of business leaders

Why did you choose to take this course?

I want to expand my knowledge in political economy to help me in better understanding the drivers of global economy and influence change and curate conference agendas.

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Prisca Valentino linkedin logo image

Basel, Switzerland

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I am looking for a holistic understanding and view of geopolitician topics, which are influencing international business, and how this impact global and local markets, and international organisations.

 


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October 2017 Presentation

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Head of Department, Municipal Bank PLC, Bulgaria

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I’m a very active participant in the public debate in Bulgaria, especially on the subjects of economic issues and financial analysis, and I’m often invited to participate in various TV debates and discussions. I support a personal blog on economic, public management and political issues, materials from which are often republished in national newspapers and digital media. My professional expertise is appreciated by the Bulgarian public and experts.

Why did you choose to take this course?

Globalisation and international relations is a field I’m especially interested in. It’s the foundation for understanding all the processes which unfold in the world – from income inequality and the problems with the growth rates to rebound nationalism and separatism. I expect to further sharpen my expertise on the issue with knowledge from highly-valued academic experts.

What excites you most about the course?

What excites me the most from the course is the possibility to communicate with world renowned academic experts, the ability to understand a new point of view and, of course, the possibility to meet new highly-motivated people and experts with similar interests.

What are you most looking forward to about supported online learning?

Online learning is a very practical way to expand your knowledge at reasonable price, saving time and simultaneously providing opportunity to contact and communicate with the highest authorities in the field of interest.

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Senior Economist, NyAnalyse AS, Norway

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally? 

I’m proud to be head of the section for housing market analysis in our company. We contribute to the ongoing debate here in Norway regarding housing price developments, likely housing market policy responses, housing supply and financial stability. I’m consulting many important stakeholders in the Norwegian housing sector, such as residential builders, large organisations and local government. We are often asked by national media about the likely developments in the housing market, and I’m a regular contributor to the Housing Advisory in Dagens Næringsliv, the country’s largest newspaper for business news.

Why did you choose to take this course?

I’m taking this course because I want to expand my scope a bit from the national view. Particularly, trying to predict movements in important macro variables following huge geopolitical shocks are relevant for me. Also LSE are recommended by many, and the online course provided an opportunity to get experience from one of the world’s best universities without actually living abroad.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

At the top of my bucket list is taking a PHD and develop models that are useful for the private sector aiming to predict important macro movements. Also I want to write a book!

What will you do with your LSE certificate?

My LSE certificate will be a good reference for me in later applications and in my career aspirations.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

My message is to never stop learning. I’m a firm believer in lifelong education. It will most likely become even more important in a world facing fast techonological disruption and changing demand for skills.

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Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Foresters Financial, Canada

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I would say the diversity of experiences I have during my career so far. In terms of industry, I had experience in hospitality, higher education, and financial services. In terms of positions, I had experience in sales, technology, instructors, and human resources. In terms of geography, I have been in Hong Kong, UK, and Toronto.

Why did you choose to take this course?

There are a number of reasons why I have decided to take this course, first it’s from an university that I know will deliver excellent quality of education. Second, it’s a rare combination of subjects in terms of business, international relations and political economy. Third, is the format, which allows me to develop professionally without interrupting my career, and finally, I think it is important for any business leaders to have an appreciation of how international relations and the political economy context impacts the business world.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

I think this program will enable me to be a better business leader by enabling me to provide insights on impacts of the external contexts to organisations.

What are you most looking forward to about supported online learning?

I’m most excited for the knowledge I’ll gain from the experts.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I think we all need a better appreciation of how international relations and the political economy impacts how we do business.

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Head of Finance & Operations, Financial Access, Netherlands

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

My biggest achievements were to bring economic integrity into practice, by establishing proper political economic regulations on private enterprises as well to the public sector, and various others institutions.

Why did you choose to take this course?

This course provides a proper insight of our current global economic and political issues based on academic views. I believe today we need more a scientific opinion, instead of the polarised view created by social media. Due to the fast social communication channels of today, it’s become extremely difficult to establish a proper coherent solution to continue a successful path on economical and political stability.

What are you most looking forward to about supported online learning?

On this course I’m mostly excited about the sharing of knowledge with other professors, professionals and students. Since we spend most of our time these days selecting what we want to read, to do, or to practice on our day by day, we have unconsciously limited our view based in our own sole life or professional experience. Therefore I believe this new learning method may bring together a wider global view.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Let’s be influential – let’s make the difference. The world and future generations need these. I’m definitely looking forward to learning from you all, and as well sharing with you all.

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Chairman, Next Revolution Now LLP, Singapore

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I have seed funded, advised and successfully launched multiple social enterprises.

Why did you choose to take this course?

My primary objectives are to get up-to-date thinking by learning from thought leaders, and to engage and share with fellow professionals and business leaders.

What excites you most about the course?

I’m most excited about the range and diversity of students I’ll be learning with from across the globe. I hope to one day build and work with a network of friends and business partners across over 1,000 touch points.

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Managing Partner, Thinking Dimensions, Italy

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

  • Business Unit Strategy formulation and identification of acquisition pipeline and plan in Europe, Asia, and North America for a NYSE traded industrials group.
  • North America entry strategy for a European equipment manufacturing corporation.
  • Global strategy for the expansion of a packaging company into adjacent technologies, products, and services.
  • Group Strategy and Country-Level Strategy formulation and implementation for Latin America for a multinational (USA based) NYSE traded pharma-co.
  • Acquisition and Integration of two European Manufacturing companies for a private equity group and subsequent integration of operations in Western and Central Europe.
  • Development and Deployment of a Strategy for a European automotive group to enter Asia for both manufacturing (China) and sales (ASEAN) including acquiring funding necessary for CAPEX.
  • Implementation of a global pricing strategy and program for a multinational B2B group with roll out including at salesperson level in multiple countries/languages simultaneously.
  • Joint Venture formation between an American and European group for expansion in the Americas in sales and service with a target to be #1 in terms of market position within 4 years.
  • Acquisition of a majority position in a strategic supplier in China by a European manufacturing group.
  • Plan formulation and implementation for selecting a North America manufacturing base, managing negotiations including project financing, and following plan through implementation stages to physical presence launch.

Why did you choose to take this course?

I want to learn more about macro risks, how to quantify them, and how to assist boards in taking decisions relative to the risks most relevant to their businesses.

What excites you most about the course?

I am very interested to take a course like this online: normally I choose to do such courses in person, and in this case I think the global audience of participants will be diverse and great to converse with and learn from.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Creating a venture in Africa.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

This course will assist me in better preparing our clients for risk management, which is a very hot topic at the moment.

What will you do with your LSE certificate?

I plan to display it on LinkedIn, to demonstrate my experience to to colleagues and clients.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

This is a new way of learning for professionals. As we often do not have the time to take a course in person, or the ability to schedule to be in a specific place on the required dates, this is the future! Let’s all contribute to making it highly successful.

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Manager, Oil & Gas Division, Safety Marine Services, UAE

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

As a start up, the Oil & Gas division enhanced the group’s profile and annual earnings by over 20% within the first  2 years. I had additional responsibilities for four years as Head of Procurement and achieved additional 12% net savings through strategic negotiations.

What excites you most about the course?

I’ve always been in awe of LSE, and I’ve wanted to study there for years, but circumstances have lead me elsewhere. This course represents my chance to finally become an LSE student.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

Will enhance my perspective and intuition while taking gut feeling business related decisions.

What will you do with your LSE certificate?

I’m going to proudly display it in my office.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Knowledge is power. Let’s work together to help each other stand out from the rest.

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Member of Parliament, Romania

Why did you choose to take this course?

To grow and also update my knowledge, with my main focus being on the political economy, which I am very keen to learn in order to further future projects in my career.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I want to eventually develop a more simplified public policy.

In what ways do you believe this course will aid in your career objectives?

I think it’s most important to update your information and educational background constantly to stay relevant. Challenges are always there and the business environment is changing every day, and this course will help me adapt in the face of that change.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I’m more than happy to share my information and knowledge with the classmates, taking into consideration the common orientation for the LSE course, and if required I’m at their disposal for any support I can offer on my area of expertise.


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