Business & Economics

This year, the policy centre will not be taking a specific focus with our work. While obviously we shall attempt to address the most relevant of policy debates we have taken the decision that a concentrated focus stunts the work of the rest of the centre by forcing the individuals within it to ignore their own interests. 

That being said, we shall be writing two pre-determined thematic policy papers. The first will be on the area of developing economies; specifically focusing on lessons which could be learned from them. This will be written over the first term. The second, written during that respective term, will be an assessment of COVID-19 responses, looking specifically at the economic impacts that different response policies have had.

Over the next year we shall be attempting to produce a wide-ranging and diverse amount of research, which reflects the diversity of background and interests that our centre possess. We hope that this will encourage anyone with specific interests in economic and business policy to join us and get involved with our work, and most importantly in a student society, to enjoy themselves. If so, please contact with any work that you have produced, or may be interested in producing.

Oliver Brufal

Director, Business and Economics Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Alainah Amer


I’m in my third and final year studying International Development. I’m interested in the role free market economics can play in bridging the gap between the developed and developing nations, with a particular focus on trade policy. In my spare time, I enjoy watching cricket, binging Netflix shows, and spending time with my friends and family.


David Vergara Schleich


My name is David Vergara Schleich, and I am a German-Colombian, third-year International Relations student. I am particularly interested in international financial institutions, developmental economics, and the relationship between domestic national security and the international political economy. I am also interested in the politicisation of trade regimes and how global trade patterns today reflect the underlying relations between major political powers.

Anahita Roy

Liaison Officer

I am a second-year politics student and have a particular interest in green economics and immigration labour policy, both of which I feel are, and will be, major areas of contention within our domestic and global society.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.

Our Working Group:

Shresth Goel

I am a 2nd Year Politics student at KCL. My interests revolve around capital markets and their role in the interaction between micro and macroeconomic trends. The ongoing post-pandemic market recovery has induced tectonic shifts in the methods of business management across the board, making this arena a hotspot for policy amendments and additions. I am keen on using this as an opportunity to better understand the long-term foundation of the future of private equity, asset management and best business practices. In my spare time, I find myself playing FIFA while sipping on an unhealthy number of Red Bulls and listening to 60s Jazz!

Sayed Taqi Shah

I am from Nepal and was raised in Singapore. I am a Year 2 International Relations student, and am intrigued by a range of issues to do with Business & Economics.  For instance, I am particularly interested in exploring how different policies shape global markets and vice versa, while emphasising the effects they have on people and societies.  Furthermore in the year ahead, I aim to explore topics such as the green boom and labour migration in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, Olympic weightlifting and coffee.