Lesslie Ann Valencia

University of Leeds



My research develops an explanation of economic growth through firm development. It follows Edith Penrose’s theory of the growth of the firm and Stephen Hymer’s multinational theory to analyse the impact of innovation, relationships and institutions on economic growth, with the assumptions of Post-Keynesian economics of fundamental uncertainty and social conflict.

Professional experience

Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds, 2020-2023

Winner of Partnership Award for Postgraduate Researcher 2023
Runner-up of the Partnership Awards 2021

Consumer Goods Strategy Analyst, Minsait by Indra, 2017

Digital strategy consultancy of consumption goods firms. Strategy analysis of technology and retail-based firms for future growth projects, among them operation management, process development and growth strategy

Senior Consultant, Global Strategy Group KPMG, 2012-2015

Development of organic and M&A strategies for financial and strategic buyers/ clients. Among them are strategic growth, market entry projects (economic sector analysis and strategy development), and commercial due diligence projects for financial and strategic acquirers.

Most projects were from sectors such as automotive, financial services, hospitality, mining, tourism, culture, and pharmaceutical, which focused on Mexico and Latin America, working with multicultural teams around the globe.

Research interests

Agent-based models Business Cycles Competition Consumption and Growth Development Economics Distribution and Growth Kalecki Latin American Economics Political Economy Of Firms And Industries