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 Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the UK, Private Equity and Tactical Strategies businesses for Tikehau Capital, an alternative asset management and investment firm. Peter also worked at Goldman Sachs in New York, London and Tokyo, where he helped to develop and lead 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.


Steve Mobbs

Steve began his career as an economist in Corporate Planning in British Petroleum.  He then moved into investment banking at CSFB as Director of Bond Research and then Arbitrage Trading.  Next, he moved to Deutsche Bank as Managing Director where he set up and ran a global proprietary trading group. 

In 2001 he co-founded Oxford Asset Management, a systematic hedge fund, where he is currently Consultant Founder Partner.  

He has served on the Investment Committees for various charities. In addition, he currently acts as an advisor to two other hedge funds and is a member of the Economics Faculty Advisory Board at UEA.  

He holds a BA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an M Phil in Economics from Oxford University.


Sydnie Reynolds

Ms. Reynolds is a managing consultant with IBM Consulting, where she focuses on strategizing and creating enhanced user experiences across digital channels for financial institutions. Previously she worked on airline mergers, preparing for point in time cutover system events. She has worked in the United States, London, and Dublin.

Ms. Reynolds holds BS degrees in International Business, as well as Global Supply Chain & Operations Management from the University of South Carolina. She recently completed her MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the Department of Economic History at LSE. 


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.