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Young and talented students from prestigious universities and business schools met at ESCP's London Campus on 22nd & 23rd February to participate in the 2019 Energy Trading Challenge.

Jointly organised by our MSc in Energy Management (MEM) students, in collaboration with Smart Global, ESCP, and its Research Centre for Energy Management (RCEM), this year’s challenge sponsored by Glencore - one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities, with 90 offices in over 50 countries - provided an excellent platform for students to learn key insights on trading oil and gas products. 

London Campus Dean Prof. Dr Simon Mercado, Prof. Dr Kostas Andriosopoulos, Executive Director of the RCEM and Academic Director of ESCP's Energy Management Programmes, and Luke Horswell, Director of Smart Global delivered the welcomed 205 attendees representing 23 universities at this truly international competition. 

Key facts:

  • 205 participants from the most prestigious universities and business schools of Europe, the Americas and the UK met to share their knowledge, exchange ideas and compete against one another.
  • Attendees benefited from excellent networking opportunities at the drinks reception hosted at ESCP London Campus.
  • A roundtable on the topic of “What does the future hold for oil & gas markets?" was held in tandem with the event.
  • Students from ESCP, London Institute of Banking & Finance, London Business School, Cranfield University, University College London, London School of Economics and Political Science - (LSE), University of Sussex, University of Strathclyde, Toulouse School of Economics, CASS Business School, Imperial College London, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), University of Dundee, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas, Université Paris-Dauphine, University of The West of Scotland, King’s College London, and many others were awarded for their participation.

Speakers included:

Cecile Tibi-Rambal, VP Market Risk Management, Total
Gary Middleditch, Co-Head Trader at Arcadia Petroleum Ltd
Eifion Llyr Thomas, Junior Trader / Commercial Analyst, Glencore
Reece Harrison, Naphtha trader, Glencore
Lucie Roux, Senior Writer, Atlantic LNG – S&P Global Platts

Winning teams

The teams benefited from two days of professionally-crafted trading scenarios representing two full months in the Energy industry. The final results were based on combined relative performance across numerous trading sessions.

Top ten teams included students from: ESCP, The London Institute of Banking and Finance, Toulouse School of Economics, Imperial College London, London Business School and Cranfield University.   

We are already looking forward to the 2020 edition of this great event!