Economic History Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

The Economic History Advisory Board works to assist in promoting the Department and its activities in the following areas: 

  • Resource development         
  • Alumni outreach
  • Departmental events
  • External relations
  • Academic programmes and research initiatives      

The Advisory Board also aims to assist in the foundation and ongoing stewardship of the Economic History Research Fund, which will provide research grants for the department's PhD students. 

To find out more about the Advisory Board and its activities, you can contact Professor Max Schulze ( or Dr. Peter Cirenza (

Advisory Board Members


Dr Peter Cirenza

Peter Cirenza is a partner and Head of the London Office for Tikehau Capital, an alternative asset management and investment firm. Peter also worked for 20 years at Goldman Sachs in New York, London and Tokyo, where he helped to develop the firm’s proprietary special situations financing and investment operations in North America, Europe and Asia. He has also taught and advised students in the Department of Economic History at LSE since 2009. He currently lectures on British economic and business history since 1945.

Peter holds a BA degree in History from Brown University, an MBA degree in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, an MSc degree in Economic History (Research) and a PhD degree in Economic History from LSE

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Christian Dinesen

Christian Dinesen is a director and founder of the independent management consultancy Dinesen Associates Ltd. He has over thirty years experience of insurance and capital markets and a wide network at the most senior level of European insurance. He is a non-executive director and chairs the board audit committee of Allianz UK. He is also a non-executive director of Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd, the main subsidiary of Legal & General Group Plc.

Previously roles include Managing Director, European insurance credit analyst and Head of International Credit Research for Bank of American Merrill Lynch for ten years. Before that he headed Standard & Poor’s European insurance practice. Christian has been a partner of a management consultancy and manager of Texaco’s European insurance company, having started as a Lloyd’s reinsurance broker.

Christian holds a MSc in Economic History from LSE and a BA in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is married, Danish and lives in London when he is not fly fishing.

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy is managing director for ASEAN within Accenture Strategy. Her role focuses on advising companies and governments on business strategy, operating models, digital strategies and innovation, cost management, customer strategies, human capital management, large-scale business transformation and organizational change. Previously, Ms. Kennedy was the head of strategy consulting for Accenture Greater China and was also the Accenture Financial Services lead for strategy across the Asia Pacific region. Her career has been spent in London, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ms. Kennedy has degrees in Economics, Economic History and Finance from LSE, University of London. She is based in Singapore.


Joachim Liese

Joachim is, inter alia, Senior Advisor to MM Warburg & Co (Hamburg, London) and to Ernst & Young Financial Services TAS (Frankfurt). He previously worked as Senior Managing Director (Head of Financial Institutions Corporate Finance) at MM Warburg, was Partner (Head of Corporate Finance) at Oliver Wyman (MMC Group, London) and served as Director at MMC Securities and Chairman at Oliver Wyman Corporate Finance. Before that, he held senior positions in financial services with a focus on financial institutions corporate finance and strategy at Deutsche Bank, Fox-Pitt Kelton and Salomon Brothers.

Joachim holds a master’s and a PhD in Economics (the latter on an economic history topic) from the University of Vienna.

Dr Thomas F. Huertas

Thomas is a partner in EY's Financial Services Risk Management practice and chairs its Global Regulatory Network. He joined EY in 2012 with over 35 years experience as a regulator, business executive and banker in Europe and North America.  As a regulator, Dr Huertas served as a member of the Executive Committee at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), during which time he was responsible for the prudential and conduct supervision of wholesale firms in the banking, insurance and asset management sectors in the UK. He also led the FSA's work on recovery and resolution, remuneration and the analysis of risks facing the banking sector.  He also served as a member of the Basel Committee and as Alternate Chair of the European Banking Authority. Prior to joining the FSA, he held senior positions at a major global bank in the US and Europe. Dr Huertas has published extensively on banking and financial issues, including his recent book "Safe to Fail: How Resolution Will Revolutionise Banking".

Thomas Huertas holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Professor Max Schulze

Professor Max Schulze

Max is a longstanding faculty member of the Department of Economic History, LSE. He first joined the department to do his PhD, which he completed in 1993. His research focuses on aspects of European economic history which include the economic development of the Habsburg Empire, goods and capital market integration, long-run economic growth and convergence, and historical economic geography.