After my time at the European Institute, my professional journey started at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, which advises the President of the European Commission. I then worked as an economist at Barclays and then at the Central Bank of Luxembourg; I was also a fellow researcher at the International Monetary Fund.
After my PhD I ended up lecturing in the economics department at Harvard. While working at Harvard was an unplanned way to follow my husband in the US, it ended up being one of my most interesting years and a great platform to grow. I ended up authoring three books and won several awards for my research. However, the one thing I was missing was the fast pace, collaborative and real-world focus of investment banking; which is why I am now back in London, working at Deutsche Bank.
This diverse professional journey is rooted at the London School of Economics. My younger self chose LSE because of the geographic location (no doubt, London is an attractive city and a great financial centre), its top rank in social science, and outstanding professors - including few Nobel Prize winners. With hindsight I would add the great talents from all other the world that you will meet and keep relationships with! You will discuss hundreds of current policy topics and will do and redo the world from scratch every week with bright people from many different countries and walks of life. You will be inspired and stimulated and get the energy to apply for dozens of jobs unsuccessfully before getting your dream job. LSE is not a destination: it is a starting point that will open up your horizons and grow your opportunities exponentially.
My move to LSE was not a “natural” one and definitely outside my comfort zone. While during my Bachelors I studied mathematics and advanced quantitative skills, I decided to pursue my academic curriculum in economics at LSE. Although I have never shied away from challenges - while studying full-time I committed 12 years to Piano Performance until I achieved my Gold Medal - I found this move challenging!
I feel that all the impact and accomplishments I’ve achieved have a grain of LSE-ness in them. Wherever I have been living, there is an LSE alumni group and someone close to me who have been travelling from LSE ;-)