On 27 November, the LSE Alumni Association in Columbia held their first national reunion at the British Ambassador’s residence in Bogota, Colombia. The award ceremony and cocktail reception was sponsored by the British Embassy and LSE Enterprise to honour distinguished alumni of LSE and to help develop activities in the region. Achievements were recognised in various categories including, work within academia, the public or private sectors, for commitment and contribution to LSE and its Columbian alumni, or for general merit. With around 150 guests, this was the largest event held by the Alumni in Colombia since the Association was created 32 years ago. Among other prestigious attendees, Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, the British Ambassador, was at the event and Professor Craig Calhoun, the LSE Director, spoke in a video to welcome guests.
Last year, long-term partners, LSE Enterprise and the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB), worked with the World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) to launch an international Executive Masters in Responsible Banking. Given its success, the online programme is back and this year, candidates have two courses to choose from; the Executive Masters in Responsible Banking (MRB), and an Executive Responsible Finance Management Programme (RFMP). Although both courses last a year with an optional visit to the LSE, the RFMP is designed for candidates with reduced availability, undertaking sessions fortnightly. Within each course, students have a further optional choice of specialising in retail or corporate banking.
Given the current damaged image of our financial institutions, both executive education programmes look to inspire banking professionals to gain back client trust and credibility through responsible and ethical practices. By exploring contributions to society, the environment and the global economy, each programme will motivate candidates to work towards a respectable financial system, which could in turn aid organisations gain a competitive advantage.
Entrants may alternatively take individual modules from the programmes. Also, for those registering before 20 December, there will be a partial number of scholarships available.
For more information on any of the opportunities mentioned, please see the IEB PDF.
The author’s survey of country coverage by the world’s top investment banks finds that 35 economies are regularly covered by brokers, and that only 10 of these countries are emerging economies. In other words, over 120 developing countries, “simply do not exist for global financial market investors,” (p.27). Latin America, however, is extensively covered, and thus presents an excellent opportunity for this study.
Ilana Rothkopf explains that Javier Santiso’s new book, Banking on Democracy: financial markets and elections in emerging countries, provides an excellent and comprehensible insight into the relationship between the markets and elections in emerging economies. With a particular focus on Latin America, Ilana argues that the author’s empirical findings are compelling and consistent with his coherent explanations.
Read the review on the LSE Review of Books blog
Lord Desai at BCC
The British economist, politician and Emeritus Professor at LSE, Lord Meghnad Desai, shared his experience and knowledge on international economics and politics with the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain.
For more information on the event, see the BCC news post
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A symposium on “Latin America and Europe during the Cold War” is due to take place next year at AHILA’s conference in Berlin, 9-13 September 2014.
For more information, see the Call for Papers.
First LSE Masterclass in Social Science, Fundación Ramón Areces, Madrid, May 2013
On Monday night, LSE in Spain and the Fundación Ramón Areces (the Foundation of the El Corte Inglés group) held a major conference on ´Spain in the Global Economy´ with Professor Lord Desai, Monica de Oriol (President of the Spanish CBI equivalent), Rafael Repullo (Director of CEMFI) and Professor Luis Garicano (LSE). Over 350 people attended, followed by a VIP dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel for the speakers and invited guests. The conference launched the fourth and final LSE Masterclasses in Social Science programme between LSE and the Fundación, which was launched in May by Craig Calhoun in Madrid.
Why has Mas not been received at the presidential level and why has the EU expressed its “concern” about the ongoing self-determination process, when all it is about (at least according to Catalan nationalists) is giving a voice to the Catalans, allowing them to decide their own future?
Víctor Andrés Maldonado argues that the EU’s reception of Artur Mas during his trip to Brussels indicates a clear lack of support for Catalan self determination.
Read the article on the Euro Crisis in the Press blog
When? Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 November 2013
Where? The Fundación Ramón Areces headquarters in Madrid
Who are the teachers? Professor Lord Meghnad Desai, Ms Robyn Klingler Vidra, and Dr Riccardo Crescenzi, all of LSE
Who are the classes designed for? Young professionals and researchers with good English and an undergraduate degree who have experience in business, academia, research centres or national and local governments in Spain
More details and the application link