27th International Input-Output Association Conference
9th Edition of the International School of I-O Analysis
30th June to 5th July 2019, Glasgow, Scotland


Local Organising Committee

There will be two committees: Local Organising Committee and Scientific Programme Committee. Between these two committees, we are confident that we can deliver an exceptional conference for the IIOA in 2019.

The following key people will lead our bid and with the support of a strong network of statisticians, economists, academics, government policy makers and industry professionals across the UK. We plan to invite students, supplemented with the International School of Input-Output Analysis (ISIOA) and Flash Sessions to become part of the LOC support and to engage our next generation of younger scholars in the wide field of I-O analyses.

Local Organising Committee

Sanjiv Mahajan will Chair the Local Organising Committee (LOC), which will arrange conference facilities in coordination with the Glasgow Convention Bureau and the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre. Combined this team will arrange meeting places, presentation equipment, lunches, dinner(s), receptions, refreshment breaks, excursion information, and perhaps activities for accompanying persons. Sanjiv is also one of the sponsors of the 2019 IIOA Conference as well as personally underwriting any additional costs.

As a committee, we are confident that we can deliver an exceptional conference for the IIOA in 2019. The following key people will lead the work and with the support of a strong network of academics, government, policy makers and industry professionals across the UK.

Chair: Sanjiv Mahajan

Sanjiv Mahajan is currently Head of International Strategy and Coordination, leading the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) inputs to a range of economic statistics related international work. Sanjiv is recognised internationally as an expert in National Accounts and Input-Output.

Sanjiv gained a BSc Honours Degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway College, University of London before working in the private sector (as a stockbroker and a retail manager) and then the public sector. Sanjiv joined the then ONS in 1988 and has developed a unique blend of knowledge and experience gained over many years of National Accounts practical compilation, conceptual development, pushing through EU statistical legislation and leading the introduction of many new initiatives improving UK economic statistics. Sanjiv has produced, and contributed significantly to, numerous economic-based articles, technical papers and products produced within the ONS, and outside the ONS, for example, by other government departments, regional and international statistical offices, European Commission (particularly, Eurostat and the European Central Bank), OECD, UNECE, academics, researchers, economists, analysts, and the media.

Sanjiv has been elected to various notable posts, examples include:

  • Council Member of the IIOA since 2012, and became one of the two Vice-Presidents in 2018 – in both cases, the first ever person from the UK Statistical Office.
  • Member of the OECD Bureau of National Accounts - first ever person from the UK Statistical Office.
  • Member of the United Nations Advisory Expert Group (AEG) on National Accounts.

Sanjiv was the Chief Editor of the new UN Handbook on Supply, Use and Input-Output Tables with Extensions and Applications (over 600 pages) published in 2018.

Professor Karen Turner

Professor Karen Turner is Director of the Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) at the University of Strathclyde. Karen’s main research interests lie in developing multiple sector economy-wide models to explore whether ‘the macroeconomic case’ can be made for policy support of range of low carbon energy policy solutions, with current focus on energy efficiency, hydrogen and CCS. This involves using both computable general equilibrium (CGE) and Input-Output (I-O) methods. Karen’s recent I-O work has included several projects (funded by RCUK and others, and both industry and academic collaborations) resulting in high profile papers and reports considering potential multiplier impacts of uptake of electric vehicles, CCS and enhanced oil recovery.

In her role as Director of CEP, Karen also coordinates a range of policy engagement activities involving researchers from Strathclyde and other institutions, including the CEP ‘Energy Conversations’ series, and leads the new ‘Economy, Society and Policy’ theme of the Scottish Energy Technology Partnership.

Professor Graeme Roy

Graeme Roy is Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute since May 2016. Graeme is responsible for the overall strategy and outputs of the Institute. Graeme was previously a former Head of the First Minister's Policy Unit and a Senior Economic Adviser in the Scottish Government working there for over eight years.

Graeme’s research interests are in economic and fiscal policy and Graeme leads on the Fraser's engagement with business and the policy community.

Sandy Stewart

Sandy Stewart is currently Head of National Accounts in the Scottish Government, responsible for producing Scotland’s quarterly GDP estimates, quarterly National Accounts, annual public sector finances statistics, and the annual Supply and Use Tables and Input-Output Tables.

Sandy’s long history of working with Input-Output Tables started in 1990, when Sandy was responsible for compiling the 1989 Input-Output Tables for Scotland (the third set, following earlier tables in 1973 and 1979), which were published in 1993. Also, advising on this project were some legends of the UK Input-Output world: Professor Jim McGilvray, Professor Iain McNicoll and Robyn Lynch of the then ONS.

In 2008, Sandy launched the Scottish National Accounts Project (SNAP) – an ambitious project to attempt to compile experimental consistent National Accounts for Scotland’s onshore economy for each year from 1998. These estimates are now official statistics and sit at the heart of Scotland’s economic statistics system – a major achievement.

Between 2013 and 2016, the Scottish Government loaned Sandy to the UK Statistics Authority, where Sandy headed its Monitoring Programme, to Police Scotland to advise on its compilation of recorded crime statistics, and to the Improvement Service to set up a local areas deprivation model for community planning purposes.

Sandy then returned to the Scottish Government in 2016 to lead the National Accounts team.

Professor Hervey Gibson

Hervey Gibson started working with Input-Output as an undergraduate in the 1960s, and in 1970, Hervey became a Member of the Input Output Society, the British forerunner of IIOA. As Division Economist for the Mond (General Chemicals) Division of Imperial Chemical Industries, Britain's largest industrial company at the time, Hervey used I-O as a key tool for industrial market research. In 1978, after a commercial career in the chemical industries of the UK and Sweden, Hervey joined the Cambridge Growth Project, directed by Richard Stone, Nobel Laureate and joint founding President (with Wassily Leontief) of IIOA. Hervey was Director of the User Service of the Project, and in this role helped to operationalise Terry Barker's multi-sectoral dynamic I-O model and established the consultancy Cambridge Econometrics.

Hervey then moved to the British National Oil Corporation and after this was privatised, Hervey became Head of Economics for the Scottish Development Agency (now Scottish Enterprise) where he was closely engaged with the construction and use of Scottish I-O Tables. Since 1993, Hervey has divided his time between academia and consultancy: Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University; affiliate at Glasgow University; and Chairman at Cogent Strategies International Ltd.

Hervey's work has covered competitive strategy, clusters, innovation systems and cities, and social accounting and capacity building. Hervey constructed a time series of Scottish I-O Tables for 1951-95, as the backbone of the first ever Scottish National Accounts (Caledonian Blue Book, 1997), and in 2007 built the first National Accounts for Northern Ireland.

Hervey's Detailed Regional Economic Accounting Model, DREAM(r), disaggregates into 200+ localities and 700+ industries/products. It is by far the largest economic model of the UK and has had over 200 applications since the Millennium, mainly in economic development but including quality control contributions to the UK National and Regional Accounts.

Since 2017, Hervey has been Director of SAFER, an African social accounting project with a focus on the informal economy and the economy-wide role of health, notably the HIV, AIDS and related epidemics. SAFER is developing very large social accounting frameworks aimed at tangible capacity building, knowledge storage, and technology transfer within and between national statistical institutes, academic practitioners, and global partners.

2019 IIOA Conference LOC Support Team

The LOC will be supported by the Glasgow Convention Bureau team and the University of Strathclyde, TIC congress team as well as various people forming the Conference LOC Support Team.

The Conference LOC Support Team will be Chaired by Sanjiv Mahajan and the Lead will be Caroline Lewis (Head of Economic Expert Engagement, Office for National Statistics).

The Conference Assistants will be as follows:

  • Nathan Birch
  • Higher Executive Officer - External Engagement, Office for National Statistics
  • Gemma Thomas
  • Senior Executive Officer - External Engagement, Office for National Statistics
  • Sharon Shaw
  • Executive Officer - External Engagement, Office for National Statistics
  • Georgia Tasker-Davies
  • Senior Executive Officer - External Engagement, Office for National Statistics
  • Samantha Lawrence-Comfort
  • GNI Workstream Manager, Office for National Statistics
  • Kerry Partridge
  • Project Support Officer, Office for National Statistics
  • Joshua Howse
  • Statistical Officer, Office for National Statistics
  • Harriet Houlsby
  • Assistant Economist, Scottish Government
  • Elliot Lamb
  • Assistant Economist, Scottish Government
  • Alison Allmark
  • Policy Officer Secretary to the Fair Work Convention, Scottish Government
  • Ludmila Kopaskova
  • Statistician, Scottish Government
  • Michelle Russell
  • Fair Work Policy Officer, Scottish Government
  • Sarah Bierbaum-Williams
  • Assistant Statistician, National Records of Scotland
  • David Leonard
  • Economist, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Chris Ganley
  • Statistician, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Mark Looney
  • Economist, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Suzanne Bradley
  • Statistician, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Brian Stanfield
  • Statistician, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Rohan Sachdev
  • PhD Student, Strathclyde University
  • Edeo Kalo
  • PhD Student, Strathclyde University
  • Peter Thorpe
  • 4th Year Economics Student, Strathclyde University
  • Gabriel Aboyadana
  • PhD Student, Strathclyde University
  • Isobel Sheppard
  • FAI Administrator, Strathclyde University
  • Nicho Ntema
  • Director, Sharpeville 2020 Development Group

The LOC Members are very grateful and appreciate the support and input from all of the 2019 IIOA LOC Support Team Members. Individually and collectively, their contribution forms a critical input to the success of the 2019 IIOA Conference.