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Dr. Dambisa Moyo

United States

Economist, author of "Dead Aid" (2009) and "How the West Was Lost" (2011).

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Created: 4th Aug 2009
Modified: 19th Oct 2011
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Dr. Dambisa Moyo
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Gender: female
Place of Origin: Zambia

Dr. Dambisa Moyo, the author of Dead Aid (2009) and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead (2011), was born and raised in Zambia, Southern Africa. She completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters from Harvard University. She completed a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and MBA in Finance at the American University in Washington D.C..

Dr. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, SABMiller, Lundin Petroleum and Barrick Gold. She worked at Goldman Sachs for 8 years in the debt capital markets, hedge fund coverage and in global macroeconomics teams. Previously she worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C.

Dambisa is a Patron for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a hedge fund supported children’s charity. She serves on the Boards of the Lundin for Africa Foundation and Room to Read, an educational charity.

Dambisa argues for more innovative ways for Africa to finance development including trade with China, accessing the capital markets, and microfinance.

Dr. Moyo's second book, "How the West Was Lost," was published with Penguin and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2011. This book examines the policy errors made in the US and other Western economies which culminated in the 2008 financial crisis. And discusses why financial and economic experts missed the signs of the credit crunch. It also explores the policy decisions that have placed the emerging world - China, Russia and the Middle East, in pole position to become the dominant economic players in the 21st century.

In March 2011, Dr. Moyo gave a speech entitled, "Women as Agents of Change" at the annual Observance ceremony marking Commonwealth Day in Westminster Abbey. The speech was given in front of 2000 guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron. Also in 2011, The Daily Beast selected Moyo as one of the "150 Extraordinary Women Who Shake The World" along with  Hilary Clinton, Madeline Albright and others.


Dead Aid (2009)

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead (2011)

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