Economic Research Council Master Committee
William de Laszlo
William de Laszlo is an Executive at RCapital Partners, a specialist private investment business providinggrowth and turnaround funding for UK and European businesses. Formerly he was an analyst at JP Morgan Chase, where he worked for the head of JPMorgan Private Bank in London and lead the Family Office wealth management research team, structuring product portfolios and in house platforms required to execute opportunities. He has an MBA (Distinction) from Saïd Business School, Oxford. He trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and for four years was Captain 1ST Battalion Grenadier Guards. He is a director of the Virgin GB Row Challenge, the toughest rowing race in the world, and holds a world record from the first race in which he competed. William has a keen interest in economics and a desire to help grow the ERC to help it fulfil its objectives.
Jonathan graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Engineering. Economics caught his eye during an MBA which led him to take an active role in organising and guiding the ERC. Now as a consultant providing sales and marketing advice to the pharmaceutical industry health economics is a particular interest.
While away from work and the ERC, he can be found aboard a yacht, taking on mother nature, rarely winning, and never learning!
Greg Opie graduated from the London School of Economics in 2009 with an MSc in Economic History and a BSc in Philosophy and Economics. Greg has worked at the Economic Research Council since then, and is currently the ERC’s Programme Director. In addition to his work at the ERC, Greg has contributed to a number of pieces of research carried out by Lombard Street Research.
Robyn is MD and co-founder of OneLeap - an online platform that enables smart young people to get in touch with decision-makers, while raising money for charity - as well as co-founder of Mothers for All (mothersforall.org), an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index and an adviser to Shared Impact. She is also a writer, her first book a memoir about growing up in Botswana against the AIDS epidemic. Her second book is the true story of a group of maximum security prisoners who adopted AIDS orphans. She has worked for BP and the FT. A Gates Cambridge Scholar, she has a BSc Bioinformatics and an MPhil Bioscience Enterprise Distinction. She is a fellow of the RSA.
David Hobson graduated from New College, Oxford in 2001 with a BA in PPE and from INSEAD in 2006 with an MBA. During his career David has worked at McKinsey, HM Treasury and most recently for the GIC (of Singapore). David is a member of the ERC's Masters Committee as he believes that the ERC has an important role to play in framing, and debating, the contentious issues in economics.
Daniel Madden works for Platinum Equity, a US Private Equity company. He has a BA in Modern Languages and Management Studies from Cambridge University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Daniel spent six years living and working in New York before returning to London in 2010. He is relatively new to the ERC and looks forward to helping widen the reach of the ERC to new members.
Toby is a private banker with Barclays Wealth. Prior to joining Barclays he spent 4 yrs with the private bank at JPMorgan. Before entering finance Toby was an officer in the RAF serving in a number of locations including Northern Ireland and Iraq.
He holds a Masters degree in Management from Exeter University and an MBA in finance from Warwick Business School. He sides with the Austrian school and can be relied upon to present the libertarian view!
Biography available soon.
Oliver is a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with businesses that require rapid change and turnaround management. Previously, Oliver worked in Private Equity at Macquarie, working within their Infrastructure funds and was involved in M&A, managing the businesses within the funds, working within the fund management team and liaising with investors.
Oliver is a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a BA in Business Economics from Exeter University.
Kristina Maria Manalo
Kristina Maria Manalo completed her MBA at Oxford University, and her Bachelor's degree in Biomolecular Chemistry as a Chancellor's Scholar at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She first arrived in England in 1989 during her Junior Year Abroad at Warwick University in Coventry. Kristina is an information technology consultant in London, specialising in network infrastructure and security technology strategies for computer forensics and fraud investigation data centres. Beyond data centres, Kristina cultivates an urban-domestic lifestyle of media and literature, cuisine, travel, gardening (of the urban variety) and participation in a wide range of clubs and societies.