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Dr Dóra Fazekas

Managing Director, Cambridge Econometrics

Be proud of what you know and what interests you. Do not let others discourage you or talk you into letting your passion go.

What do you do?

I head up Cambridge Econometrics’ Budapest office. I lead our teams’ contributions to economic analysis to inform policy-makers in the fields of climate, energy and the circular economy.  I write proposals, manage our research and consultancy projects to the European Commission, national governments and international organisations. I also present the findings of our research from environmental modelling and socio-economic analysis.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose environmental economics as a minor in my Masters degree and knew then, this was my topic. But already earlier, I had a passion for the environment, I was part of hiking school group, we used to collect waste during our excursions and my dad was a horticultural engineer from whom I inherited and learned the love of plants, gardens, the nature.

I then did a PhD in environmental economics and have been working in the field for the past 15 years. The importance and added value of nature and the threat of climate change have increasingly been in the news and public domain, so I know I chose the right topic where my contribution can make an impact.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

"I can sit at the table, have suggestions, challenge and question others."

I am now managing a branch office of a well-known international economic consultancy. Coming from Eastern Europe made it more difficult for me to treat myself as equal to the Anglo-Saxon leaders and to raise my voice and stand up and confidently present at conferences, seminars.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in my field as every day I learn something new. Every project starts with a scoping exercise and a review of what has been done to date in that specific area. Be it, environmental taxes, or carbon pricing policies or economic diversification. I love working with ambitious and smart colleagues who care, who are also passionate about making an impact.

Best advice for the next generation

Pursue your dreams. If you are interested in chemistry, go for it. Be proud of what you know and what interests you. Do not let others (teachers, parents, mates) discourage you or talk you into letting your passion go.

Fun fact

I am a mother of two young children. Getting home after work often feels like the start of a second shift after my office job has ended. Although this ‘job’ is sometimes more challenging.  I am definitely making an impact there too! I love my kids’ questions, especially the ones that make me think and frequently I have to google the answers. e.g. in which direction does the Earth turn or how long does an ant live or who invented patience!