Past Events


Dr Mario Weick

What is 'Power'?: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In collaboration with the Durham University Psychology Society 

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Mark Aedy

The Investment Banking Market - An Insider Perspective

Mr Aedy gave a fantastic talk outlining how his career has developed in the investment banking industry and advice for us starting out as young professionals. A key theme throughout his presentation related to the importance of building strong relationships with colleagues and peers throughout our working careers. Mr Aedy also gave a view on the global M&A outlook as well as Equity/IPO markets at the time of the presentation. 

Mr Aedy is a Managing Director and Head of EMEA and Asia Investment Banking for Moelis. He also holds a B.A. (Honours) from Durham and studied at the university from 1976-1979. Furthermore, Mr Aedy is the Senior Independent Director of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and is a Trustee of the Halo Trust.  


Annual Black-Tie Ball

Our annual ball, in collaboration with Consulting Society, Business Society and Entrepreneurs Durham, was the Oscars themed BEEC Ball at Beamish Hall. We sold out all of our tickets, which included an excellent three-course meal, Jazz band, exotic dancers and much more. It was the highlight of our years!

Mauricio Armellini

Monetary Policy Decisions


Mr Armellini came to speak at Durham to talk about the Bank of England's monetary policy decisions. Given the recent growth in the UK's economy and hints being made that interest rates may be raised from their current level of 0.5%, Mr Armellini gave an illuminating insight into how monetary policy decisions are made.


Mr Armellini has been a member of the Government Economic Service since 2008, when he joined the Department for Work and Pensions to lead teams of analysts in areas of key Ministerial attention such as skills and pensions. In 2013 he went on secondment to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, where he worked as Chief Economist until his appointment as Bank of England’s Agent for the North East in September 2014.


Mr Armellini came to the North East in 2005 to undertake his PhD studies in economics at Durham University, following his MA in Development Economics at Williams College (USA). He also taught economics at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Durham University. Before leaving his native Uruguay in 2004, he worked as a professional economist in the financial and non-for-profit sectors.

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Stewart Wallis

The Future of Capitalism and the Moral Economy


Highly well-regarded having had a wide spanning career including working with the World Bank, Oxfam and Rio Tinto Zinc, Mr Wallis gave Durham University Economics Society his thoughts on the future of capitalism and the role of morals within economics.


Mr Wallis graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelors in Natural Sciences. Having first begun in Rio Tinto Zinc working for their sales and marketing team, he went to London Business School to do a Masters Degree in Business and Economics. This was followed by seven years with the World Bank in Washington DC where he worked on Industrustrial and Financial Development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, and this was followed by becoming International Director of Oxfam in 1992 where he was responsible for over 2500 staff and all Oxfam's policy, research, development and emergency work worldwide. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002. 


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Dr George Cooper

Fixing The Broken Science


Dr George Cooper, a Durham Physics Graduate, former Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank strategist and author of several books on economics gave an insightful talk looked on Economic Theory from a scientific viewpoint.


Dr Cooper alluded to the idea that more dynamic and inclusive models of Economics were needed to incorporate all of the competing schools of thought. He discussed the history of scientific ideas across many disciplines including Geology, Physics and Biology and showed how these areas often moved from static models towards dynamic models as theories developed,


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