Paul jets off on a flying visit to Alibaba

AlibabaVolterra Partner Paul Ormerod had a flying, two day visit to the Alibaba Business School in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba are the world’s number one e-commerce company in terms of turnover. This was a follow-up to the workshop held in the Alibaba board room last November. A range of issues related to understanding consumer behaviour in the networked world was discussed by the small number of invited participants. One of the sessions was held in a tea ceremony restaurant directly on the famous West Lake.  Paul said ‘It made a nice change, I never even saw the lake last time, I had the impression that Hangzhou was just like Manchester but wetter’.

Image: Alibaba Coffee by Charles Chan licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.