On 22 January 2018, CEPA's Chief Economist, Ivan Viehoff joined a panel of eminent practitioners, which included Morten Ravn, Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL), to assess the skills of some of UCL’s most promising students. Acting as a judge for the first round of the Economics Debate 2018, an inter-university competition, Ivan helped to put the contenders through their paces by listening to the teams debate the motion "this house believes cryptocurrency is the currency of the future".
As a judge for this competition, Ivan was asked to allocate marks and to feedback constructive comments to each speaker in relation to:
Content – appropriateness of arguments, supporting evidence, examples and analysis
Style – persuasiveness, tone, gestures and establishing rapport with the audience
Method – logic, structure, organisation and teamwork
Commenting on the competition Ivan said, “UCL has provided CEPA with a rich seam of talent over many years and I’m pleased to help students develop their skills and to help maintain a pool of top-level graduate economists. I very much hope that on completion of their studies, some these competitors might decide to develop their careers with a growing international consulting firm such as CEPA.”
The successful team will progress to the quarter finals where they will face rivals drawn from Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Warwick, Bath, Edinburgh or Bristol. Individuals who are interested in finding out more about career opportunities at CEPA should contact the firm with a CV and covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org