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Industry Guest Speaker Anthony Catachanas at Cambridge Makes Waves For Sustainable Energy Market

Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) is considered a prestigious school for business and management training for aspiring leaders worldwide to develop management, organizational, research and performance skills. The two courses at CJBS, Master’s in Finance and MBA, enable students and organizations to grow in a way that helps tackle the financials and business problems that exist or arise in the market, and train individuals to develop strategies so that they can take actions to keep the businesses afloat.

As an alma mater, Anthony B. Catachanas has been a noted industry speaker at the Cambridge Judge Business School, where he sheds light on the challenges faced by aspiring leaders and offers advice on persisting while achieving goals. He also convinces young leaders to get involved in policies regarding efficient energy sources and sustainability. Each term, the purpose of these speaking sessions is to enable the students enrolled in CJBS to connect one-on-one with renowned industry leaders and entrepreneurs and grow their networks. 

Working in the Foreign Affairs Directorate General of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and then as a Statistics Trainee for the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany, Anthony developed his skills as a Research Analyst. The Statistics Traineeship at the ECB is typically reserved for candidates with PhDs, and very quantitative degrees and Anthony had none of that. Anthony believes that education and experience do not define how successful you are in your career and what you can achieve. Rather, it is about choosing ways to apply your knowledge and skills.

Understanding the nuances in the construct of government institutions and the making of international policy always attracted Anthony, and he was exposed through his family and upbringing in Brussels to a very globalized view of the world. This exposure allowed him to pursue a career in the private sector across several different disciplines in the financial industry, where he found his next big love in the global energy market: a sector that marries the need for creative financial solutions and global policy. He founded his own company, Victor Hill Capital Group, to redevelop the energy infrastructure and promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to Anthony, “We at Victor Hill don’t follow the crowd, our aim is to target less mature energy markets and add value to them.”

One thing that Anthony finds both interesting and useful is how to tackle the changing energy systems and develop plans to address the gaps in emerging energy markets worldwide to shift to a more sustainable energy system. To create an impact and help accelerate the energy transition, Anthony’s company manages funds listed on the main market segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

Through a transition toward a more sustainable and electrified world, Anthony believes that energy concerns will become less dependent on global commodity supply chains and more reliant on local sources of energy supply. The impact on the climate is a global concern, but the solutions are very much local. This requires that the market engages with local players on a multitude of levels, with government as well as private stakeholders funding this sustainable mission.

Anthony’s core values are to work in an interdisciplinary team with a global perspective. This setting or work environment requires a high degree of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding, and a very broad understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of differences in thinking between the various financial and other disciplines at the table. The result is a culture of acceptance of differences, allowing people to co-exist and voice opinions. These are the tenets of high-performance working culture.

Anthony often refers to his time working at Goldman Sachs as a life-enriching experience. The firm, in his words, was “extremely well-run.” The internal culture that he experienced there was a culture of openness and collaboration. It fostered and created conditions for people to thrive and flourish whatever their discipline or knowledge base. The firm hired forward-thinking and intelligent people. But what made people appear intelligent was the firm’s ability to create the right conditions for them to become the best of what they could be. These life-rewarding lessons are what that Anthony often speaks of in his talks at the Judge Business School in Cambridge, United Kingdom.