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Warwick Economics Summit 2013

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The Warwick Economics Summit will be held 15-17 February.

This year’s student-run Warwick Economics Summit will be held 15-17 February in the newly refurbished Ramphal Building. Featured speakers will include: Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business; Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and former Director-General of the World Trade Organization; and Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England’s new financial services regulator.

Harry Rhys Brooks and Antonia Fischer, coordinators of this year’s Warwick Economics Summit, offer a glimpse of what is in store.

The Warwick Economics Summit is an entirely student-run conference that takes place at the university every year. Since its inception in 2002 it's moved from strength to strength, attracting an increasingly impressive list of speakers from the worlds of economics, politics and international relations. Held this year in the newly refurbished Ramphal building, the event welcomes 400 students from multiple disciplines, countries and backgrounds. They will take part in three fantastic days of events, capped by a lavish ball, with speakers and students coming together for an evening of entertainment, food and the (in)famous Summit Quiz.

It's proving some challenge to better the 2011 Summit, when the likes of Nobel Laureate Professor George Akerlof and Nigerian central banker Lamido Sanusi spoke. But we think the list of confirmed speakers for this year's event is equally as impressive, and we're confirming big names every day. This February, the Summit will welcome the Dr. Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Alongside him will be Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and former Director-General of the World Trade Organization; Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England's new financial services regulator; and Dr. Martin Weale, who sits on the BOE's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee.

This year’s Summit starts on February 15th and runs until February 17th, at the end of Week 6, with the 1920s-era ‘Great Gatsby Ball’ taking place on Saturday night. Tickets are now on sale for those coming outside of Warwick. Internal tickets, available to Warwick students only, go on sale on Friday 25th January at 7pm, but as ever we're anticipating strong demand. Last year they sold out in 57 minutes. Make sure that when the time comes you're ready and waiting by a computer, and remember that you can keep up with the latest from the Summit on Facebook, Twitter and, of course, our website.

Our work as coordinators has been made immeasurably easier by the help of each of our 50 team members, but when we took over from last year's coordinators in April we felt as though it might not be possible to re-create the success of 2011. Nine months on, we're starting to believe that this really will be the best Summit yet. We've learned a lot about running an event, finding sponsorship, recruiting a committed team and managing our press coverage. But most of all we've learned that Warwick can and does attract speakers with great reputations. That's a testament to the students who have packed the Summits since they started way back in 2002, and to the enthusiastic students who will be joining us this year.

If there's anything at all you'd like to know about the Summit, then don't hesitate to contact us. http://www.warwickeconomicssummit.com/teams/

If we don't hear from you in advance, we will see you at Warwick Economics Summit 2013!

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