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Dambisa Moyo Speaker Biography

Global Economic Thought Leader and Best-Selling Author

Baroness Moyo of Knightsbridge, Member of the House of Lords, is a marathon-running author and international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs. She is a co-principal of Versaca Investments – a family office, focused on growth investing globally. She has traveled to more than 75 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge base on the political, economic, and financial workings of emerging economies, in particular the BRICs and the frontier economies in Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Her work examines the interplay between rapidly developing countries, international business, and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment.

Global Economist

Dambisa Moyo serves on the boards of 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Conde Nast, as well as, the Oxford University Endowment investment committee.  She was an economist at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nearly a decade, and was a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C.


Dambisa 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 is a member of the Atlantic Council, and the Directors Council of the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA).

Awards and Accolades

She was awarded the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the Nobel Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Friedrich Hayek. Dr. Moyo has been a participant at the Bilderberg Conference and the U.S. Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Conference. In addition, she serves on the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils on Global Imbalances.


She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa, How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead, and Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World and Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It. Her latest is How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World.


Dambisa is a contributing editor to CNBC, the business and finance news network. Her writing regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.


She completed a PhD in economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.

Dambisa Moyo Speaking Topics

The World After COVID19 - A "Marshall Plan" for Africa

In this lecture Dambisa Moyo explains how a modern "Marshall Plan" could help prevent humanitarian tragedy and pay dividends for generations, three Reasons why Africa urgently needs a substantial aid injection, and how the West could reap the benefits of this plan and action to help Africa.

China and the Race for Global Resources

As the population in China advances economically, the Chinese government has made a strategic and concerted effort to secure natural resources that can be used in its domestic industries. These moves have consequences for the global community, in part because international conflicts over resources commonly turn violent. Increasingly, China wields market power and sets global commodity prices. Dambisa Moyo will explain the three-pronged strategy that forms China’s systematic and deliberate campaign for global resources in the context of decreasing demand and falling commodity prices. China’s aggressive approach places her in a unique position, particularly across the world’s emerging economies, and has far-reaching implications for economic growth and trade in the future.

Age of Technology: A Tale of Innovation, Opportunities and Risk

At a time of rapid technological advancements and innovation, the risks and opportunities are immense, and the responses from corporations and public policy are crucial to economic growth. On the one hand, technological shifts hold promise to transform livelihoods by enhancing the efficiency and ease of information transfer, connectivity and communication. Yet, there remain legitimate concerns on the net effects of technological advances—particularly in respect to whether and how automation will disrupt and erode (low skilled) jobs—the hallmark of emerging markets. For every gadget that enables us to process data and information faster and more cheaply, there is a burgeoning social and public policy challenge of rising unemployment that has dire consequences for growth and could engender significant costs for society by reducing employment. Technological advances present a rapidly growing social and public policy challenge for every country, across all sectors.

The Future of 21st Century Corporations: A Broader Mandate

In recent years, businesses have been called upon to take a broader, more self-enlightened role in the global economy—beyond just making widgets and profits. Whether it’s through a triple bottom line lens or corporate social responsibility initiatives, modern companies are expected to take on broader responsibility for the economic and social well-being of the communities in which they operate. Clients, host governments, customers and investors are increasingly demanding a broader rationale for companies to exist. As these practices and norms continue to emerge, it is crucial for companies to adequately examine and address some of the challenges for companies operating across political systems in a transnational business environment. Individuals need to be aware of the potential impact their decisions may have on corporations and clients in the future. The level of social responsibility for the business community will continue to become even more intertwined with the viability of a corporation as businesses face new regulatory frameworks, technological shifts and growing competition.

Global Shifts in Economics, Politics & Business: What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful?

The defining challenge of our time is how do we create solid and sustained economic growth and continue to meaningfully put a dent in poverty across the world. In essence, how do we restore robust growth in the Eurozone, the United States and around the industrialized economies creaking under mounting debt, challenging demographics and stagnating productivity? And how do we boost growth in the developing world—home to 90 percent of the world’s population and where, on average, 70 percent of the population is less than 25 years old—as a period of unprecedented economic expansion begins to slow in some places and regress in others? Dambisa Moyo will address the structural and tactical implications of global macroeconomic trends and why this time is different.

An Unconventional Path to the Corporate Boardroom: Five Lessons for Women Learned from My Own Success (and Failure)

Dambisa Moyo Books

How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World
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Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It
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Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World
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How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly–and the Stark Choices Ahead
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Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is Another Way for Africa
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Dambisa Moyo Speaker Testimonials

Dr. Moyo's presentation was one of the best I have seen. The information she offered was timely and fact-filled. Her presentation encompassed so many important areas that will affect the financial plans of families and generations to come.

- | 2017 Investment Advisor Forum

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How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World
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Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It
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