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Who’s Involved in the Manchester Independent Economic Review

MIER Organisational Structure

The Manchester Independent Review Organisational Structure consisted of a Commission supported by a Policy Advisory Group and Secretariat, guaranteeing its independence from the Government and any of its agencies.

The members of the Manchester Independent Economic Review Commission are:

Sir Tom McKillop – Chairman, Manchester Independent Economic Review

Sir Tom is a non-executive director of BP plc and President of the Science Council. He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Leicester and a trustee of the Council for Industry and Higher Education. He was formerly chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, chief executive of AstraZeneca PLC, president of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, and chairman of the British Pharma Group.

Jim O’Neill – Head of Global Economic Research for Goldman Sachs 

Jim joined Goldman Sachs in October 1995 as a Partner, Co-Head of Global Economics and Chief Currency Economist. Jim has spent much of his 25 year career analysing the world’s foreign exchange market and is also the creator of the acronym BRICs and together with his colleagues he has published much research about BRICs which has become synonymous with the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India and China as the growth opportunities of the future.

Jim received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Surrey and has since worked in a number of City institutions. He is a board member of the Royal Economic Society in the UK. He is also on the board of the European think tank Bruegel, and of Itinera, a Belgium think tank. He recently joined the UK-India Round Table. He is one of the founding trustees as well as currently Chairman of the London-based educational charity SHINE. Jim is also Chairman of Goldman Sachs European Charity Committee and a Trustee of PiggyBankKids.

Professor Edward Glaeser – Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, University of Harvard

Edward Glaeser has taught at Harvard since 1992. He is Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory and has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. His work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centres of idea transmission. He also edits the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Diane Coyle, PhD – Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics

Diane Coyle is head of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy founded in 2001 specialising in the impacts of new technologies and globalisation. She is also member of the BBC trust and the Competition Comission, and a Visiting Professor at the  Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester

She has published numerous books and articles on economics, most recently The Soulful Science(Princeton University Press). She was previously Economic Editor of The Independent, and earlier worked at the Treasury and as UK economist at DRI Europe. She is on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Jonathan Kestenbaum – Chief Executive of NESTA, The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

Jonathan is a Board member of the Design Council, the UK’s Technology Strategy Board and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jonathan is also a tutor at the Cass Business School and on the planning group of the World Economic Forum. He is a graduate of the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme, has been an adviser to BAE Systems and was until this year Non-Executive Chairman of Quest, a large financial services business.

Previously, Jonathan had built up the family commodity trading business, as a ring-dealing member of the London Metal Exchange. He then moved to public service, becoming Chief Executive of the Office of the Chief Rabbi, Professor Jonathan Sacks. He subsequently worked as Chief of Staff to Sir Ronald Cohen, the Chairman of Apax Partners.