News and Publications


David Smith
David Smith, EconomicS Editor, The Sunday Times
David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also an assistant editor, policy adviser and chief leader-writer. Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly and The Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank.
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Julien Marcilly, ChIEf Economist, Coface Group
Julien has been Chief Economist of Coface Group since March 2015. Julien joined Coface as Head of Country Risk three years ago from New-York based asset   management company, Artio Global Investors, and was an economist with Société Générale prior to this. Julien has an extensive background in emerging markets, a PhD in financial economics from Paris-Dauphine, and a Master in Management from ESCP Europe.
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Oliver Fairbank, Senior Analyst, Control Risks
Oliver Fairbank is a senior analyst in Control Risks’ Cyber Threat Intelligence team. Oliver is responsible for providing research and analysis on a range of cyber security topics. He has specialised in primary research on dark web criminal forums, and assessing the geopolitical and economic drivers of cyber espionage campaigns conducted by nation-states.
Prior to joining Control Risks, Oliver worked for a private intelligence consultancy and completed an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London. He specialised in cyber security and wrote his dissertation on the impact of computer security firms publicly reporting on state espionage activities.
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Richard Mallinson, Geopolitical Analyst, Energy Aspects
Richard leads analysis of geopolitics and global energy policy at Energy Aspects, where he is also a founding partner. He is a specialist on the MENA region, and follows developments in Libya, Iran and Iraq particularly closely. Richard focuses on how geopolitical events impact on energy market fundamentals, particularly global oil markets.
Prior to joining Energy Aspects, Richard spent more than six years working in central government functions in both the UK and Australasia. He has a deep understanding and track record of impact in all aspects of policy-making and analysis. He regularly provides media comment on geopolitical events and energy markets in publications such as the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal as well as appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg, the BBC, Sky News and others.
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Roundtable speakers

Louise Cooper - Roundtable Moderator
Louise Cooper is a Chartered Financial Analyst, writer, Times financial columnist, broadcaster and reporter on economics and market activity for senior economists and policy makers.
Louise started her career straight from University with six years as a stockbroker at Goldman Sachs covering large fund management accounts such as Fidelity and Capital.
Paul Hollingsworth, UK Economist, Capital Economics
Paul Hollingsworth is an UK Economist who joined the Capital Economics graduate training scheme in September 2012. Before joining Capital Economics he studied Economics at the University of Sheffield.
During his sandwich year, Paul worked at HM Treasury in the Macroeconomic Analysis team, covering UK business and trade.
John Wheeler, Director Credit & Collections Europe, Office Depot
In 2001 John joined Guilbert Group as Credit Manager for UK & Ireland. In 2003 he was asked to manage the Credit function for Office Depot, following their acquisition of Guilbert. Following his involvement in a number of pan-European projects, including the establishment of a Finance Shared Service Center in 2007, he took on the role of European Director of Credit at the end of 2012. He now leads a team of around 350 Credit professionals, with responsibility for a portfolio of approximately two million European customers.
In addition to his participation on the executive of the Association of International Credit Directors (EAICD), John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (FCICM) and an Executive member of the Association of Credit for Central and Eastern Europe (EACCEE).
Chris Torrens, Senior Managing Director, Control Risks
Chris Torrens manages a 40-strong team with responsibility for all political, operational and security risk assessment work undertaken by Control Risks, across the Europe and Africa region, via both online and consulting channels.
Chris’s recent consulting experience includes:
  • Devising and delivering an anti-corruption workshop for senior directors of a European private equity firm active in infrastructure sector across emerging and frontier markets
  • Managing a global fraud investigation for a European consumer goods giant with significant China operations
  • Providing due diligence and business intelligence research into real estate entity for a Middle Eastern client
Chris also worked as the London-based Deputy Director of Global Client Services for Europe & Africa, managing key accounts in the financial services sector and growing relationships with Asia-based clients. Before moving back to London in 2009, Chris was General Manager and Director of Corporate Investigations for China, based in Shanghai, where he lived for 11 years. Chris first worked for Control Risks in London as Asia-Pacific analyst in 1989-1994, covering Greater China, South-east Asia and the Korean peninsula.
Stephanie Vincent
Stephanie Vincent, European Credit – Autos, Chemicals & General Industrials, J.P. Morgan Securities plc
In 2006, Stephanie joined JPMorgan in New York as a part of the team covering automotive, automotive retail and captive finance sectors. In September 2007, she joined JPMorgan's European Credit Research team as a senior analyst to cover the automotive sector. Her coverage includes the European OEMs and parts suppliers, automotive rental companies, as well as analysis of the Euro and Sterling issues of the U.S. OEMs/Captive Finance Companies and U.S. automotive suppliers. She started covering the Chemicals sector in Summer 2010. Her previous experience includes: Credit analysis at Wachovia Securities (2003-2006), where she was part of the teams covering automotive, general industrial and retail sectors. Stephanie graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics.
Adiran Johnson
Adrian Johnson, Director International Credit for Harley-Davidson has worked for Finance House Subsidiaries of both UK and US Banks. His experience covers Consumer and Small business facilities for Vendor relationships.  Responsible for implementing an early Pan European Direct Debiting solution, a UK Consumer and a Pan European SME scoring solution he then moved to Harley-Davidson Financial Services to help set up their European operation. Promoted to European Credit Director for H-D Motor Company in 2008 he became International Credit Director as Harley increased its worldwide footprint.  Working with the Association of International Credit Directors he is helping promote the profile of Credit Directors and the wider Credit Profession.
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