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Lavan is CRU's Research Director and in this role is responsible for CRU's models and methodologies. He has 20 years of experience as an applied economist, with first-hand experience of a very wide range of applied economic techniques.

Lavan joined CRU in March 2014 from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies where he was a Senior Research Fellow on oil, macroeconomics and finance. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at the Bank of England, in a variety of roles, but specializing in econometrics, modelling and forecasting.

Lavan has edited or co-edited four books on monetary policy and the transmission mechanism of interest rates, one of which was awarded central banking book of the year and is widely published in leading journals, most recently on the financialisation of commodity markets.

At CRU, he has worked with our Consulting team across most sectors, most notably in demand and price forecasting, as well as in assisting our customers with the preparation of scenarios using industry knowledge and expertise.

Lavan has a PhD from the European University Institute, a Masters from Warwick and a BA from Trinity College Cambridge. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Articles by our industry expert


China’s commodity vulnerability

China has come a long way from the zì lì gēng shēng – “regeneration through one’s own efforts” – of Maoist economic policy. The nation that once so steadfastly insisted...

By Lavan Mahadeva 03 August 2018   
Topics: Aluminium Raw Materials, Coal, Copper, Noble Alloys and Minor Metals, Steelmaking Raw Materials, Technology Metals

Case study

Designing investment strategies that take account of commodity cycles

Topics: Aluminium, Coal, Copper, Steelmaking Raw Materials