Roy Batchelor is Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School, City of London. He is Associate Dean for the schools highly ranked MBA programmes, and Director of the Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai. He is a Fellow and Research Professor at the CES-Ifo Institute of the University of Munich, and Visiting Professor of Finance at the British University in Dubai.
After graduating from Glasgow University, Roy worked as a government scientist and economist; then at the UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research, forecasting and analysing the UK economy, and writing on world trade and industrialisation; and at a leading firm of London stockbrokers, where he tried to forecast the stock market.
Roy's research and teaching now focuses on economic and financial market forecasting, the interpretation and use of consumer and business survey data, rationality and behavioural finance, and risk management in financial markets. He has published widely in academic journals in these fields. He has been Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forecasting, and is currently an Editor of the practitioner journal Foresight. He is co-author, with Prof. Pami Dua, of Financial Forecasting (Edward Elgar, 2004, 2 volumes, 1133 pages). In 2008 Professor Batchelor was elected Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters.
In addition to academic work, Roy is active in professional training and consultancy, and has conducted seminars on technical innovations in economics and finance for professional audiences in London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai, and other international financial centres. He was lead speaker at the UK-Korea Business Forum held in Seoul as part of the State Visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II to Korea in April 1999. He has held visiting appointments at Purdue University, the University of Connecticut, the Stockholm School of Economics, and ESCP/EAP Paris.
Roy has also acted as economic adviser to stockbrokers Smith New Court, the London International Financial Futures Exchange, the World Gold Council, to leading market research company Canadean, and many other commercial organisations. He gives expert legal evidence in cases relating to the quality of financial forecasting and trading systems, has conducted research for the European Commission and the UK Treasury, prepared submissions for Parliamentary Committees, and served on the Bank of England's Panel of Academic Advisors.
Roy Batchelor currently co-delivers Business Forecasting seminars for Timberlake.