Nicolas Nossovitch

MSc Economics and Management, 2013
Project Consultant at his family's business

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

I decided to study at LSE because I wanted to be exposed to the top students and researchers not only in economics, but also in other fields such as political science, philosophy, etc. It is a place where exceptional debates take place, and I wanted to be part of it.

I chose the programme because it was unique in providing a rigorous training in economics centered on the areas that are most relevant to management. It was designed for people who really liked economics, and forced us to approach problems in a much more structured way than typical management degrees. At the same time, we had to provide solutions that were not just positive analyses: management requires you to imagine and try to implement a new, creative "state of the world".

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

My experience was challenging (in a good way) in the classroom, and eye-­opening outside of it. It was a place where I found a large number of people who were asking themselves questions which resonated with the questions I asked myself ­ and yet there was a lot of diversity, from very academic types to activists, entrepreneurs, etc.

Where did you work after completing your MSc?

After LSE I joined a global management consultancy firm out of London. I then transferred to New York City after two years, and stayed at the same firm for another year. That job allowed me to work in 6 different countries in 3 continents, across different industries, and it was a fantastic experience. I am originally from Argentina and recently decided to come back to work on a number of projects related to a family business here.

Why did you choose your current job?

I had wanted to come back to Argentina for a while, and the timing worked out well: I had done almost 3 years as a consultant, the opportunity existed here, and the political and economic environment shifted for the better. There is also a "feel good" factor: I think this is the best opportunity the country has had in decades to escape its underdevelopment trap, and I wanted to be a part of it.

What does your current job involve?

I am trying to launch an urban development project (which takes place on the site of a former farm) in a small city in Argentina. It involves working with architects / urban designers to come up with the right product, as well as dealing with public officials to obtain the necessary approvals (a fairly complex issue), and eventually also working with investors and contractors to execute the project.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

The term "Human Capital" really came to life for me when I started working: before it was just a loose concept, but after a few years of observing managers, CEOs, experts and entrepreneurs, there is something that they know and do which produces results (which isnot equivalent to saying that it is socially valuable in all cases). So my advice is to focus on finding out "who you have to become inorder to do the job" and then seek the kinds of experiences that can transform you into that person.

Nicolas Nossovitch on a light background