Irakli Menabde studied International Political Economy in 2003. After completing his Summer School Course, Irakli went on to do a BSc Exchange in Entreprenuership at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, followed by an MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School and in Finance & Strategic Management at Copenhagen Business School. He completed his education with an EMBA at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He currently works as a Chief Analytics Officer and has had many senior roles. Having worked at GCF, I2BF, Shell and Refco, Irakli has accrued over ten years of global finance and asset management related skillsets.
“At the LSE Summer School, we frequently had discussions in class related to real world issues, it was particularly eye-opening to be able to study topics in economics and the free market from another perspective. I was able to see both sides of discourses in economic thought and theory which is important.
The LSE Summer School enabled me to discuss these ideas with like-minded peers. We spent a lot of time on campus and at LSE halls, doing homework together and discussing and assessing real-time events. The Summer School had a lasting impact on me. It was all so relevant, and I attended just before the financial crisis, so we found ourselves discussing the issues that led to it. This was really an amazing exercise of our academic knowledge, which had a lot of relevance in the real world. The LSE is educating leaders in the field.
The LSE Summer School really encouraged us to be constructively competitive, and when I was surrounded by a diverse selection of the best of the best, I realised that I could compete and take a chance at all of the opportunities out there.
After attending the LSE Summer School, I felt inspired to travel more, and I went to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology shortly after. The Summer School was the beginning of a journey that meant I was able to carve my own way in the world. It became clear that if you can compete in London, you can compete anywhere in the world."
Irakli now lives and works in London as Chief Analytics Officer at CashFlows, which was nominated for the Best Analytics product at Benzinga Fintech awards in New York, 2018. He is also a Trustee at Fight 4 Change, a registered Sport for Development charity, using sport to inspire and educate young people and adults to make a positive change in their lives.