LSE Act.Count.Think is a student-led podcast that serves as a platform for professionals and scholars to share their insights in order to keep you updated with the most pressing matters in business and finance. The conversation is conducted by Ronojit Dasgupta(2020/21), Lewis Patterson (2019/20) and Danyal Adnan (2018/19), MSc Accounting and Finance students at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Episode 14 - Olivia Chan: Alternative Careers as an Accounting and Finance student
Act.Count.Think host Ronojit talks to Olivia Chan, a Global Systems Expert at AB InBev. Olivia discusses her unconventional journey into the world of IT Consulting after graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance from the LSE. Olivia talks about how being open to different career paths has helped her and emphasizes the value of demonstrating multi-domain knowledge in today's competitive world. Finally, she shares her thoughts on how students should approach this critical phase in their career journey.
Episode 13 - Joachim Klement: ESG Roadblocks in 2021 (Part 1)
Act.Count.Think host Ramesh talks to Joachim Klement, currently an investment strategist at Liberum and has previously served at Credit Suisse and UBS. In the first episode of this two-part series on ‘ESG Roadblocks in 2021’, Joachim talks about key challenges such as greenwashing and reporting among others. He shares his insights on how these issues vary across firm sizes and investors and how some of these roadblocks will be eliminated through harmonization.
Episode 12 - Adriano Sbroscia: Sustainable investment in action with Sequoia Investment Management
In this episode, ACT hosts Ronojit and Ramesh chat with Adriano Sbroscia, an analyst at Sequoia Investment Management. Adriano talks about how the Sequoia Economics Infrastructure Income Fund implements sustainable investing principles and the challenges they face in the process. Adriano enlightens listeners on a whole host of issues ranging from ESG screening, greenwashing, and comparability to how this is becoming a ‘must-know’ to break into the buy-side.
Episode 11 - Finance Function Disrupted and What It Means For the Accounting & Finance Role
Professor Dr. Alnoor Bhimani, former Head of LSE’s Department of Accounting, gives us an exciting glimpse of his upcoming book titled ‘Accounting Disrupted’. Professor Bhimani discusses what AI, Repeated Process Automation, Blockchain and Deep Intelligence mean for the future of the finance function. He provides detailed insights on how the industry is adapting and how they are tackling data and other ethical challenges. Finally, professor Bhimani provides his outlook on what would a finance role look like in the future and how current students can equip themselves with the necessary technology skills.
Danyal and Lewis: Implications of COVID & Brexit on recruitment
Hosted by a fresh new team of vibrant Accounting students, the third season of the podcast is back in all its glory. In the first episode, our host Ronojit Dagupta interviews the hosts of the previous two seasons: Danyal Adnan, who is currently an investment banker at Qinvest and Lewis Patterson, who recently concluded his internship at Nomura. The guests walk down memory lane and discuss the story and people behind the inception of this podcast. The key theme of this podcast is centered around ‘Careers’. Danyal and Lewis having graduated during Brexit and Covid-19 job markets respectively, share their personal experiences navigating through tough job markets. They talk about being open-minded and diversifying applications, making the best use of networking events and why it is important to go a step beyond regular online applications, especially for international students.
Deborah Taylor: ESG Investing and Equity Research
ACT Hosts Reeva Rathod and Lewis Patterson speak with Deborah Taylor, who was previously a Director at Barclays Investment Bank, focusing on Sustainable and Thematic Research. Deborah discusses the impact Environmental, Social and Governance factors are having on both the investment community and the Equity Research divisions of investment banks. She also gives her advice on students wishing to become involved with ESG Equity Research and Investing.