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Dr. Dambisa Moyo

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New York, New York, USA

Global Economist & Investor

Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. Her work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; she capitalizes on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.

Keynote Speeches

Investment in a De-Globalizing World

Despite the overarching global economic malaise, and volatility in the financial markets, Dambisa believes there are opportunities for investors in different sectors, regions and across different asset classes. Sectors such as food, technology and transportation and logistics will all benefit as they are necessities. In this presentation, Dambisa explores the opportunities to invest in emerging economies by exploring predictive indicators such as living standards and growth rates. She’ll explore which  asset classes and commodities are trading around historical lows, presenting investors with an attractive investment opportunity. 

Unpacking Technology

At a time of rapid technological advancements and innovation, what impact might these trends have for global growth? On the one hand, technological shifts hold promise to meaningfully, and positively, 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 certain jobs – the hallmark of emerging markets. In this presentation, Dambisa will explore how, by operating at the frontier of innovation and global trends, the private sector can contribute to the creation of new industries and opportunities that should offer employment and support entrepreneurs in the 21st century tech-based economies.

Democracy Under Siege: Timelines & Policy Trajectory after Trump & Brexit

The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum have together tested the limits of people’s faith in democracy. Many have asked if the results were warped by fake news, or by unaccountable tech companies. In this presentation, Dambisa explores our democratic structures & how this impacts global citizenship.  She sheds light on why economic growth is essential to economic stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today. Dambisa provides a roadmap for how your audience can help contribute to more equitable living standards for everybody, not just a small group.

Global Growth Outlook

The defining challenge of our time is how to create solid and sustained economic growth. In essence, how do we restore robust growth in the Eurozone, the United States, and around the industrialised 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? With global challenges and risks mounting, Dr Dambisa Moyo’s work teases out the structural underlying evolving trends that will determine the long term fate of the global economy. 

Audience reviews:

  • She received some of the strongest feedback of any speaker at Summit; several comments on her compelling delivery and insightful messages. Many attendees left excited to read her book. A few suggestions for providing the book electronically, i.e. by a Kindle download, in the future--to avoid attendees having to carry heavy books. I think that's a great option worth exploring. - Manager, Education Content | NACD Event
  • Dambisa did a fabulous job during our annual meeting, and she is a lovely individual. I was fortunate enough to meet her partner and her dog prior to her presentation. So very sweet. - Managing Director, Meetings, Program Development & Marketing | American Chemistry Council Event
  • Enjoyed that she brought up thinking points and context I had not yet considered. Great energy and emanated caring. - IVY Event

Speaker Biography

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.

Dambisa Moyo is a co-principal of Versaca Investments – a family office, focused on growth investing globally. She serves on a number of global corporate boards including: 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Conde Nast, as well as, the Oxford University Endowment investment committee. Her areas of interest are in capital allocation, risk, and ESG matters. She holds a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of four (4) New York Times Bestselling Books. Her newest book “How Boards Work” was ranked number 5 on the Wall Street Journal best business book list.

  • How Boards Work And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World (2021)
  • Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It (2018)
  • Winner Take All: China’s race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012)
  • How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011)
  • Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009)

Dambisa is an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, member of the Bretton Woods Committee and member of Trilateral Commission. Dambisa was named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World; has published in the Financial Times, WSJ, Barrons, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to over 65 countries. In her spare time, she runs marathons and practices Pilates.