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​Lavan is CRU's Research Director. He and his team for responsible for CRU's product development, data governance, and driving consistency and quality in models and methodologies.

Lavan is an expert in applying agile methods to product development and identifying and targeting customer needs in CRU's data service. As a leader, his focus is on workshops, internal alignment, governance and collaboration. Lavan has spent at least 20 years of experience of models, data, and interpretation at the highest level, with first-hand experience of many applied economic techniques and statistics.

He 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, including on commodity markets.

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.

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