From France, Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce graduated in 2007 with an MIA degree focusing on International Finance and Business. He is now Executive Director - Senior Economist, Global Geopolitical Strategist with Standard Chartered Bank in London.

Describe your background prior to attending SIPA.

My education prior to SIPA was in econometrics, finance and international relations. I started my career in the public sector, working for the French embassy in Washington, D.C. and in the U.S. Congress. I moved to the private sector to work in finance with HSBC Asset Management where I worked for almost five years both in Paris and New York.

What are you doing now?

After SIPA, I went to work for Standard Charted Bank where I am currently responsible for global geopolitical economic analysis, assessing global risks and their economic implications. My role involves regular contact with policy makers and multilateral institutions and I often provide economic analysis in the global media. Previously, I covered the economies of the Middle East and North Africa for eight years for the Bank, based out of Dubai.

What motivated you to choose SIPA?

I chose SIPA because one of the most senior executives at HSBC Asset Management, the Global Head of Emerging Markets, had gone to SIPA, and I discovered that he was not the only one in our line of business. They all had only praise for SIPA.

How do you think SIPA helped you achieve your goals?

SIPA’s program is rich, diverse and addresses most of the challenges you will face in an international environment with constantly moving parameters. In an international career you have to be able to keep adapting to a changing environment, and the complexities of today’s world requires the ability to analyze various layers of information – whether contextual, political or financial – in order to come up with the right decision making process. In a nutshell, a holistic approach to the world’s problems today has become paramount. SIPA definitely addresses this better than any other program I know.