With five years’ experience in delivering professional conferences and after a successful collaboration with five other top Scottish Universities in 2019, we are looking forward to celebrating our 6th anniversary and stimulating a fascinating discussion about disruption.

Our markets today face different kinds of disruption whether it be technological or soical, each having their own impact on different sectors globally. 

A wide array of diverse individuals will be speaking in detail on issues of economic interest affected by recent developments in our society. 


In 2019, the GEF hosted the Scottish Economic Conference (SEC), obtaining great successes in a two days event which had over 300 attendees from all over the globe and renowned speakers such as Martin Wolf, the head commentator of the Financial Times. The SEC has been Scotland’s largests tudent conference, organised by six of the country’s most prestigious universities: The University of Aberdeen, The University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University and The University of St Andrews .



More details and the names of the remaining 2021 speakers will be released in the coming days.

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Tomas works as an economist at Oxford Economics, where he oversees the coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, in addition to producing thematic research on the eurozone. His main research interests are in the areas of fiscal policy and sovereign debt, macroeconometric modelling and computational methods in economics. He holds an MSc in Economics from University College London and MA (Hons) in Economics from University of Glasgow.

Sinem Hacioglu Hoke

Sinem Hacioglu Hoke joined Bank of England’s financial stability area in Oct 2015 as a research economist and worked in Stress Testing Strategy Division until she joined Monetary and Financial Conditions Division as a senior research economist in Jan 2019. 

She holds a PhD in Economics from Bonn Graduate School of Economics and she spent some of her PhD at the economics department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

She has broad expertise on econometric modelling with applications in macroeconomics, international finance and financial stability. 

Some of her current research is on the effects of technology news shocks, the effects of macro shocks in foreign exchange derivatives markets, the distributional impact of the pandemic, the impact of monetary policy on credit markets and downside risks to economic growth.



Karl-Friedrich Israel

Karl-Friedrich Israel is assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the Western Catholic University in Angers, France. He previously worked as a senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Policy at Leipzig University in Germany. He obtained his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Angers in France in 2017 working on the costs and benefits of central banking. His broader research interests lie in the areas of macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, economic methodology, econometrics and Austrian economics.

Ndongo Samba Sylla

Dr. Ndongo Samba Sylla is a Senegalese development economist. He has previously worked as a technical advisor at the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal. He is currently a Research and Programme manager at the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Dakar). His publications cover topics such as Fair trade, labour markets in developing countries, social movements, democratic theory, economic and monetary sovereignty. He authored The Fair Trade Scandal. Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich, Pluto Press & Ohio University Press, 2014. He coauthored with Fanny Pigeaud the forthcoming Africa’s Last Colonial Currency. The CFA Franc Story, Pluto Press, February 2021. Dr. Sylla’s works have been regularly cited in the international press. He tweets at @nssylla

Dr. Guy Standing

Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London. An economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), and member of the Progressive Economy Forum. In 2016-19, he was an adviser to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell.


He was professor in SOAS, Bath and Monash Universities, and Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme. He has been a consultant for many international bodies, was Research Director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission, and has implemented several basic income pilots. His books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 23 languages; The Corruption of Capitalism; Basic Income: And how we can make it happen; and Plunder of the Commons. He collaborated with Massive Attack in a video based on his latest book, Battling Eight Giants: Basic Income Now.



Dr Eva Pocher

Eva  is currently a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School. 

She has an Economics degree from Germany as well as a MSc and PhD in Economics from the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen. 

Before her position as a lecturer in Glasgow, Dr Pocher worked at the Employment Research Institute (Edinburgh) as well as at the Cardiff University (Wales). 

Her research interest is in applied economics, with current research being undertaken in labour migration, gender pay gap & occupational segregation and research interest in minimum wages and trade wars. 

Stephen Ingledew 

Stephen is the Executive Chair of FinTech Scotland, the independent enterprise focused on delivering positive economic outcomes through financial innovation. He has led FinTech Scotland since its formation in 2018, initially as Chief Executive, to be recognised as one of Europe’s top financial technology (fintech) economic cluster bodies, a status awarded in 2020.

Stephen’s career over four decades has earned a track record and reputation for leading the implementation of customer focused, technology enabled initiatives in a wide range of financial firms, including executive roles with large institutions such as Standard Life and Barclays as well as a number of early-stage innovative enterprises.

Today, Stephen is also Member of the UK Government’s Innovation Expert Group, advising on how innovation can improve productivity across all sectors of the economy, as well as a Non-Executive Member of the University of Strathclyde Court, a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board and the UK Dept of International Trade FinTech Steering Board.

Currently a PhD student in Economics at the University of Glasgow, Jérôme started to study economics quite late for he did his undergraduate in Physics and Political Sciences. 

After a gap year during which he worked as a consultant for a French political think tank he enrolled in Adam Smith Business School. 

He has since specialised in microeconomics with a focus on the economics of sports, matching markets and choice overload. 

He has kept a foot in macroeconomics and is always interested by public policy topics thanks to his background.

During his PhD, Jérôme discovered a burning passion for teaching and is always willing to push his students to give the best of themselves.

Jérôme Santoul