Ofcom has today announced that Dr Luisa Affuso has been appointed as its new Chief Economist.
Dr Affuso joins Ofcom from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which she joined in 2012, and where she is currently a director in the economics group leading the Competition Economics team. In this role, she has advised on a number of high-profile competition policy matters, covering UK and international markets and including cases relevant to the sectors Ofcom regulates.
Before joining PwC, Dr Affuso consulted for a range of organisations including economic consultancies, the World Bank and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Previously she was an academic, working at the University of Cambridge and London Business School.
Dr Affuso has an MSc and PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a postgraduate diploma in European Competition Law from Kings College London.
She will start at Ofcom on 8 October and replaces Ofcom’s current Chief Economist Peter Culham, who is retiring.
Dr Luisa Affuso said: “I am very excited to be joining Ofcom. Communications markets are extremely important both for the performance of the economy, and in people’s everyday lives. I look forward to making a positive contribution to ensuring they work well for everyone.”
Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to appoint Luisa. The Chief Economist plays an important role at Ofcom, helping to ensure our decisions are underpinned by expert economic analysis.
“Luisa brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the role, and we look forward to welcoming her to Ofcom. I would also like to thank Peter Culham for his significant contribution to Ofcom during his time here.”