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Who we are

The London Academy of Trading’s flagship 3 month Diploma is accredited by ABE, our short courses are Certified by CPD and the overall Academy is accredited by BAC enabling international students to study at LAT in London on Short-Term Study Visas (STSV).

Our courses are designed to help individuals improve their understanding of financial market trading with a view to career development or to supplement existing income through trading. All students can access our trading mentors ten hours every day for advice and guidance, helping them develop robust and structured trading strategies combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

We are extremely flexible; you can study around other commitments, either on our London trading floor, online or through our blended option, combining online study with days on campus. Our courses range from two days to our accredited 12 week Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading, and our teaching faculty is comprised of experienced traders and analysts from major financial institutions including HSBC and Bloomberg.


What our students say

LAT doesn't have a "make easy money" policy. Instead they build up your knowledge and skills to become a successful trader.

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Our team

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    Dessy Ohanians


    Dessy has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, with an extensive experience in the education industry both in the private and public sector. Dessy is deeply involved in education projects and roles alongside her position at LAT, being a mentor for charitable foundations and serving as governor for two London schools.

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    Paddy Osborn

    Academic Dean

    Paddy brings more than 30 years of financial markets experience to LAT, and has been Academic Dean since 2011. After graduating from Reading University, Paddy traded Japanese Warrants & Convertible Bonds before joining TraderMade, providing financial software and data to global banks. Since 2006 he has provided analysis and education for several financial institutions including HSBC, CALYON, Morgan Stanley, Nordea Markets, LIFFE and LSE. In addition to his work at LAT, Paddy lectures at UK Business Schools in Financial Trading for MSc students, and provides financial articles to media outlets.

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    Asanka Weeratunge

    Programme Manager

    Asanka completed his degree in Theoretical Physics with German from Loughborough while pursuing a career as a commercial pilot. He then found an interest in financial markets and enrolled on the Level 5 Applied Financial Trading programme, receiving a Distinction Grade and going on to work as a Technical Analyst for TradeMade Systems, providing professional Technical Market Analysis for multiple Financial Institutions within the City of London. Having stayed in touch with LAT, he was invited back to join the Team while continuing to manage and trade a private fund.

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    Ron William

    Senior Lecturer

    Ron William, CMT, MSTA, is an accomplished strategist, trader and educator/mentor, with 18-years of financial market experience, working for leading economic research and institutional firms; producing macro research and trading strategies. His market insights acquired industry recognition by multiple finalist awards, and is featured regularly across notable publications and media programs.

    Ron serves as an active trading mentor, specializing in trading psychology, using the NLP model & latest peak performance training. A big supporter of leading industry and education groups, Ron is a board member of the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), Swiss Association of Market Technicians (SAMT) and Honorary member of Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA).

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    Alastair Craig

    Trade Mentor and Lecturer

    After graduating from Loughborough University Alastair forged a career as an Operations / Project Manager within the fast paced world of Mass Produced Consumer Goods. Having found a passion for Financial Markets he enrolled in the Level 5 Professional Financial Trading program where he obtained a Distinction Grade before going on to trade a private fund.

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    Stephen Pope

    Senior Lecturer

    He has worked in the world of finance since 1982 and has performed duties as a salesman, market maker trader and analyst. Stephen brings this wealth of experience gained at American, British, French, and Japanese institutions to bear in his analytical work.
    He has a broad base of client service having advised national agencies such as Central Banks, Government Ministries, and Sovereign Wealth Funds and from the private sector, Commercial and Investment Banks, Insurance Companies, Pension Funds and Publicly Listed Corporations.
    Clients have been covered in all geographic regions and time zones embracing 36 nations.
    Stephen gained his BA (HONS) Economics (II.I) from the University of Warwick in 1982 and his MBA from Henley Management College in 1995.
    He is also a visiting Professor of Economics and Business for the University of Maryland for the global campus, a guest markets commentator at GAIM conferences and the BBC. In addition he works as an external consultant delivering training to summer interns and new hires at major European and U.S. banks such as Credit Suisse, Union Bank of Switzerland and J.P. Morgan Chase.
    For local school children, he privately teaches Economics and Mathematics to GCSE and A-Level on a one to one basis as well as in small groups.
    He gained professional examination awards from the Association of International Bond Dealers (Now called the International Capital Markets Association) in 1988, is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
    Stephen writes for “Forbes” online magazine under the title, “MarketMind” on a range of economic, financial and political matters within a European context.

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    Christopher Eagle

    Consultant Lecturer

    Chris is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aquila Markets. He has held sales and trading roles in Foreign Exchange and Fixed Income businesses at Investment and Commercial Banks over his twenty plus year career. He spent much of his early career at Morgan Stanley, both in New York and London, before spells at RBS, UniCredit and CIBC. His recent roles have included Managing Director at Jefferies, and Global Head of FX for Marex Spectron. Chris holds a BSc degree in Biochemistry from the University of St. Andrews.

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    Marcel Schouten

    Junior Trading Mentor

    Marcel has been investing and trading in financial markets for 15 years. He has degrees in Physiotherapy and Sport Science (PG), which he used to establish a Healthcare franchise, developing healthcare centres in Financial Institutions in the Netherlands. This involvement with financial institutions inspired him to focus more on his trading and investing activities, and he sold his business in order to successfully manage a diverse investment portfolio and private fund. Marcel achieved a Distinction in the Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading in 2017, and he joined the LAT Team in 2019 to share his investment and trading knowledge, and to help new LAT students to achieve their personal goals.

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