Alan Sitkin

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Professional Biography

After graduating from the University of California, Alan moved to France and pursued his higher education at l'Institut des Sciences Politiques and HEC Hautes Etudes Commerciales before embarking on a 15-year career as a global capital market specialist working out of Paris, Zurich and London. Over the past 13 years, he has mobilised this experience of international business within an academic framework. Building on an academic translation business specialising in economic and commercial research, Alan's research activities focused initially on politics and finance (c.f. involvement in the currency transaction tax campaign).

This was followed by the publication of an Oxford University Press textbook entitled “International Business: Challenges and Choices”, already in its second edition. Subsequently came work in the new discipline of Ecology and Management, culminating in another textbook. This latter strand has been bolstered since 2010 by Alan's election as Councillor in London Borough, where he has served as Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business since 2014, following a four year stint as Chair of the Council’s Sustainability scrutiny panel. Responsibilities in Alan’s current Cabinet role include strategic leadership on the £3bn Meridian Water development project, founding Energetik aka Lee Valley Heat Network (where he serves as Chairman of the Board), infrastructure and other negotiations with Government and the Greater London Authority, inwards investment and employability.


  • PGCE, Institute of Education, London (1999)
  • MIL, Member of Institute of Linguists (1998)
  • CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, US (1987)
  • MBA, Hautes Ecoles Commerciales, Jouy-en-Josas, France (1984)
  • IEP, Section Economique et Financière, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France (1980)
  • BA Sociology/Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (1977)

Relevant Past Employment

  • February 1993 – April 1998, VP/FVP, Global Options Department/Republic Financial Products
  • OTC FX and bullion option sales and trading; institutional hedging and trading programmes; team management, Republic National Bank of New York (London)
  • June 1989 – January 1993, AVP, European Marketing/sales: Exchange-traded futures and options; OTC FX options, First National Bank of Chicago (London)
  • March 1987 – April 1989, Manager, European marketing/sales:  Exchange-traded futures and options, Cargill Investor Services (Zurich)
  • February 1985 – February 1987, Trader: Derivative products (interest rate options and futures, FX options); deposits, Crédit Commercial de France (Paris)
  • May 1984 – February 1985, Trainee: Project Finance, Retail Banking, Trade Finance (ca. 3 months apiece)
  • August 1979 – August 1980, Freight forwarding and customs house brokerage, Arthur J. Fritz and Company (San Francisco)

Other Outputs

  • Councillor, London Borough of Enfield
  • Chair, Sustainability and Living Environment scrutiny panel
  • Chair, Green Belt Forum
  • Deputy Representative, London Councils Transport and Environment Committee
  • Membership, “New Directions” and “Decentralised Energy Network” regeneration committee
  • Membership, Public Transport Consultative Group

Research Supervision

EBA MA in Management dissertation supervisor


  • (2013). International Business: Challenges and Choices, Oxford University Press (with Nick Bowen). Second edition
  • (2011). Principles of Ecology and Management: International Challenges for Future Practitioners, Goodfellow Publications
  • (2010). International Business: Challenges and Choices, Oxford University Press (with Nick Bowen)
  • (2005). Currency Transaction Tax report, submitted to House of Lords conference
  • (2001). Learning to Teach Modern Foreign Languages in the Secondary School - A Companion to Experience, Routledge (case study, with Norbert Pachler)
  • (1995). Currency risk hedging strategy report, submitted to ACI conference held at Sydbank Denmark; Bank of China Paris
  • (1988). Bund futures conference reports, Zurich/Paris