Dambisa Moyo

International economist, expert on macroeconomics and global affairs.


Shortlisted for the 2021 Ideas into Practice Award. 


Named by TIME Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.


Recipient of the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award.


Moyo analyses the macroeconomy and global affairs, balancing contrarian thinking with measured judgement and turning economic insight into investible ideas. In her 2009 book, Dead Aid, she illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty. In How the West Was Lost she reveals the crucial – and radical – policy actions that must be taken to stem the tide of economic decline in the West, while Winner Take All examines the financial and geopolitical effects of China’s great commodity rush. 


Marathon-running author, Moyo is on the boards of Barclays Bank, SABMiller and Barrick Gold and was an economist at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nearly a decade. She was also a consultant to the World Bank and was named by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum. She was awarded the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award. Moyo completed a PhD in economics at Oxford University and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.


Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is Another Way For Africa (Penguin, 2009); How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (Penguin, 2011); and Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World (Allen Lane, 2012); Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth – And How to Fix It (Basic Books, 2018); How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better In A Chaotic World (The Bridge Street Press, 2021).


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“Global influencer on public policy makers.” 

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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