Lauren Rosborough Watt

Guest Lecturer, Otago MBA

  • Area of Specialisation:
    • Macroeconomics
    • Monetary Policy
    • Exchange rates
  • Faculty/Key Office:
    • Manager, Economics, CalPERS
    • Investment Committee Member, The Anglican Pension Board (2015-2016)
    • Senior Advisor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand (2012-2015)
    • Trustee, Westpac UK Superannuation Fund (2009-2012)
  • Education:
    • BCom (Hons) Economics, University of Otago
    • Member STA, UK
Economics is integral to everyday life - this course will show you how.

International teaching and industry experience:

Lauren has a fulfilling career covering a number of areas under the economics banner.  These include working as a Macroeconomist at a leading NZ bank, a Strategist for Commercial and Corporate banks in international wholesale financial markets in London, an Advisor on financial markets and monetary policy for the central bank, and a trustee and member of various pension and wealth funds.  She currently manages the Economics team at CalPERS, the US' largest pension fund and the 6th largest in the world with US$318 billion of assets under management.  

These experiences provide her with a uniquely broad viewpoint and the ability to translate seemingly complex ideas into simple concepts that are easy-to-understand by the non-expert.

Reasons Lauren enjoys teaching in the MBA programme

The MBA programme is reciprocal.  It is not just about helping students to understand the world with an economic framework.  The variety of experiences from the class enhance the course by adding depth and colour to the lectures and by more starkly linking the theory with reality.

Global Perspectives in her Teaching

This course focuses on how economics can be applied to the business world and everyday life both in New Zealand and globally.  Not only do the assignments and group work reflect overseas scenarios, demonstrating how the applications of this course are wide-ranging, but the focus of the course is on the framework of Western economies and its transmission mechanisms, which can easily be transposed to most other economies.  Taking a step back, economics at its very core is understanding the environment people live and work in and the decisions that they make.  It can't get more global than that.‚Äč