Dr. Dambisa Moyo Profile

Winner of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement award and named by TIME magazine as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an economist with an unrivalled knowledge of international business and global affairs. She is CEO and founder of the Mildstorm Group, a boutique firm providing investment strategies for its clients. She is also a board member at Barclays bank, SAB Miller and Barrick Gold; she has also held posts at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank.

Highly educated with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance from American University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University, Dr. Moyo travels the world examining the risks and opportunities in both emerging and developed markets.

Elected to the World Economic Form’s Young Global Leaders Forum, Dr. Moyo has written three 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. She is a contributing editor at CNBC and her work is regularly featured in such prestigious publications as the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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    Dambisa Moyo is the CEO and founder of the Mildstorm Group. Mildstorm is a boutique firm that analyzes the global macroeconomy, world financial markets, and works with clients to devise investment strategies.

    Dr. Moyo examines the risks and opportunities across the global landscape, including developed, emerging (BRICs), and the frontier economies in Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. She has traveled to nearly 60 countries over the past decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge base on the political, economic, and financial workings of the global economy.

    Ms. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, SABMiller, the global brewer, and Barrick Gold, the global miner. 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.

    She is the author of three 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.

    In 2013, Dr. Moyo was awarded the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award named for the Nobel Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Friedrich Hayek. She 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. Dr. Moyo 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.

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Dr. Dambisa Moyo brings her unrivaled economic expertise to a series of speeches that examine the current global situation and outline the opportunities and risks that are emerging in the wake of the financial crisis.

Whether the audience needs to know about internal developments in the US economy, the economic risks and opportunities involved in investment in China or the disastrous consequences of current international aid policies, Dr. Moyo can bring the insider knowledge and the insight and clarity of vision that no investor can afford to miss.

Snapshot of the Global Macroeconomy
International economist Dambisa Moyo identifies and contrasts the tactical, short-term challenges (debt and deficit management) versus structural problems (unemployment, depleted infrastructure etc) affecting the global economy. Dr. Moyo will explain the four directions that the global economy could take over the coming years in the aftermath of the financial crisis. She highlights the risks in the global macroeconomy and geo-political order with weaker global growth and the possibilities of the disintegration of the G-20, disagreements on the path of banking regulation, increased protectionism via outright trade policies and FX interventions (such as beggar-thy- neighbour policies). Against this backdrop, Dr. Moyo considers the convergence economically and politically and advises on the best strategic plans for global businesses.

Meeting the challenges of the evolving global economy
Dambisa Moyo offers recommendations for how global businesses will make investment decisions, manage their people, finance expansion across products and geographies, mitigate risk how to remain profitable, be competitive and expand their businesses in an economically challenging global economy. Having visited over 50 countries, she leverages her experiences, on-the-ground network and relationships with politicians, policymakers, business persons and opinion leaders to inform a practical strategy for businesses investing across the developed and developing world. She explains what businesses and households have to do to strengthen their balance sheets, and details the policy actions that governments must take to ensure the West is on a constructive long-term economic path.

A Call Against Complacency
For over 300 years, the market based capitalist model, built on a culture of incentives, has been successful in creating economic growth, powering industrialization, driving western competitiveness, and meaningfully reducing poverty around the world. Over the last 50 years deliberate government policies in the US have incentivised bad behavior and caused widespread negative unintended consequences and eroded the three key drivers of economic growth; capital, labor and productivity. Dambisa Moyo details the policies that will induce individuals to make the right choices that will lead to America’s long-term economic success. She will explain what policies America needs to engineer a turnaround and set the US and Western economies back on track.

The American Dream versus the Chinese Vision
Dambisa Moyo contrasts the on-going economic challenges of the West and the Rise of the Rest — countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China. She explores how deliberate policies in the US led to the erosion of capital, labor and productivity — the three key ingredients that drive economic growth. Dr. Moyo outlines how, against the recent prosperity of the BRICs, the US economic difficulties and Europe’s debt crisis tip the global balance and impact living standards of the average American. She details the interlinkages of debt, trade and geo-politics between the two major world economies and scenarios of how their interdependency can be triggered to survive or disintegrate.

Inside China: China’s Economic Risks and Opportunities
By 2020, China is forecasted to become the largest economy in terms of GDP. Dr. Moyo details the implications of China, the worlds most populist nation, taking the helm for global trade, geo-politics, and the worlds financial infrastructure (equities, FX, bonds). Domestic policies will transform China from an investment based economy to consumption driven, this will affect China’s linkages and reach across the emerging world — where 90 percent of the worlds population lives. Dambisa Moyo will present the challenges that China faces and the risk to her ascendancy including: demographic shifts, commodity scarcity, shadow financing, and a non- democratic political infrastructure. Whether its businesses, politicians or individuals, we can’t afford to not understand what we are up against.

China’s Race for Commodities and What it Means for the World
Dambisa Moyo explains the three-pronged strategy that forms China’s systematic and deliberate global campaign for global resources. The scale of China’s race for resources is astounding — current spending is approximately US$1 billion a week to secure commodity assets worldwide. China is set apart from other countries and her strategy directly affects commodity prices and geo-politics. Dr. Moyo will outline how China’s aggressive approach — buying mines and agricultural land, re-routing rivers, and lending billions of dollars in cash in return for access to oil fields — places her in a unique position, particularly across the worlds emerging economies. Dambisa Moyo explains why China’s resource campaign has far-reaching implications for the price of resources and the manner in which commodity prices trade on and off global market exchanges.

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa
Dambisa Moyo explains why US$1 trillion of aid sent from rich West countries to Africa has been an economic and political disaster. Despite good intentions, aid led to slower economic growth, higher poverty levels and incompetent government in recipient countries. Dr. Moyo explains exactly what policies the international community should adopt to support African countries in their efforts to create sustainable economic growth and put a significant dent in poverty. Dambisa Moyo provides a historical context for how the aid model has evolved over the past 5 decades and the range of economic and political problems aid introduces to poor countries, trapping them in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty.

The Hunt for Alpha Leads to the Frontier
Dambisa Moyo applies her extensive knowledge and experience to detail the superior, uncorrelated risk- adjusted investment returns of Frontier Economies — the emerging economies excluding the BRICs. She contrasts the investment opportunity of developed and emerging economies, in order to highlight the significant returns available in both the public markets (for example, stocks bonds, FX and credit) and private equity across frontier economies such as Vietnam, Turkey, Nigeria, Columbia, and Estonia. She will also advance how the macroeconomic outlook of these economies are both compelling and buttressed by solid economic fundamentals. Moreover, she will provide insight around risk and liquidity in the frontier economies, explain rapidly changing perceptions, and reveal significant investment opportunities for savvy investors.

Africa’s Time is Now
Based on IMF forecasts, sub-Saharan Africa is poised to be the world’s third fastest growing region in 2013 and 2014. This is due to solid debt and deficit dynamics, attractive labor trends and upward mobility and numbers of young workers, and important productivity gains. Dambisa Moyo provides a snapshot of the macroeconomy and markets to illustrate the investment opportunities for corporations and financial investors. She explains how the African investment landscape is more than just a commodity story — as over 85% of the roughly 1,000 stocks that trade on Africa’s 19 stock exchanges are non—commodities, indicating significant investment opportunities in the banking and insurance, logistics, telecommunications and retail sectors. Dambisa Moyo will detail how capital markets development in stocks and bond markets (20 African countries have credit ratings from leading international ratings agencies) offer investors an opportunity to invest in Africa’s consumer and economic themes. Companies ignore Africa’s investment trend and opportunities at their own peril.

The Markets and Macro Outlook for the US
Where should investors look to invest in the US economy? Global economic challenges in the aftermath of the financial crisis are well known: unsustainable debts and deficits, ageing workforces, declining productivity and ballooning entitlements, such as pension liabilities and healthcare, that governments and societies will struggle to pay for. Dambisa Moyo explains the range of options and monetary and fiscal policies tools needed to address these challenges. Dr. Moyo draws on her nearly 10 years at Goldman Sachs to outline the most compelling US investment opportunities in stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, FX and cash.

Schism: The Coming Economic & Political Paradigm
Developing countries — where 90 percent of the world lives — are at a crossroads. They are facing a choice between the US model of democracy and private capitalism or the Chinese model of state capitalism and no democracy. Dr. Moyo explains why, in the eyes of many people and policymakers who live across the emerging world, the Western model is under threat, and why the model adopted by China offers a compelling option. With over 70 percent of the population under the age of 25 years across developing countries, there is a growing momentum to focus on delivering economic outcomes and improvements in living standards and de- prioritizing efforts in support of democracy. Dambisa Moyo explains why this pivot is under way, the consequences for geo-politics and global economics, and what the US and the West must do in the face of the choice to compete or cooperate with these emerging economic and political trends.

The Coming Global Commodity Crisis
Since 2009, commodity prices have increased over 150%. Dambisa Moyo reveals how commodity scarcity is one of the biggest challenges the world will face over the next decade, leading to higher commodity prices, increased risk of commodity-related conflicts (already there are 25 on-going conflicts around the world with their origins in commodities), and a notable decline in living standards. She details how insatiable commodity demand emanating from a rising global population, increasing wealth, particularly in the emerging world, and rapid urbanization, will outstrip the worlds resource supply of arable land, water, energy and minerals. She explains how forecasts for technology innovations, substitutes (such as shale and non-fossil fuels — solar, wind, nuclear) are overestimated and overly optimistic, and how their risks are not adequately understood. In this context she will discuss how and which specific commodities investors ought to buy versus sell across tradable (energy, minerals) and non-tradable (land, water) commodities, which are all scarce, finite and depleting.

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Books by Dr. Dambisa Moyo:

Winner Take All

Winner Take All
We all know the world’s resources — the commodities that underpin our daily lives and economies — are scarce. But how many of us know what that really means for the global economy today?

Winner Take All represents the penetrating research Dambisa Moyo has conducted to uncover the realities behind the numbers. By looking at the developing trends in our commodities markets, and recent geo-political shifts, she has revealed the true state of the contemporary world and the shape it will take over the coming decades. This is not just about oil.

Commodities permeate virtually every aspect of the modern world: from the energy complexes that power transport and the electricity grid, to the water needed for all life. From land for food production to the long list of minerals without which technology ceases to exist.

What Moyo shows is we are in the middle of unprecedented times. She details how China has embarked on one of the greatest commodity rushes in history and examines the effects this is having on us all. Where is China taking control of land and water? Who is giving up their title to these precious resources? What will be the financial and geopolitical effect of all this?

And is large-scale resource conflict inevitable or avoidable?

Winner Take All is a challenging look at the hard facts we all need to face if we want a just, balanced and peaceful global economy for the 21st Century.

How the West Was Lost

How the West Was Lost
Amid the hype of China’s rise to global power, the most important story of our generation is being pushed aside: how the West’s rapidly growing population of the unskilled, unemployed, and disaffected threatens the nation’s wealth and stature.

In How the West Was Lost, the New York Times bestselling author and economist Dambisa Moyo sheds light on how a host of shortsighted policy decisions have left the economic seesaw poised to tip away from the Western industrialized economies and toward the emerging world. Faced with this impending calamity, the West can choose either to remain open to the international economy or to close itself off, adopting protectionist policies that will give itself time and space to redress these pervasive structural problems.

Incisive and illuminating, How the West Was Lost not only exposes the policy myopia of the West that has led it onto a path of economic decline but also reveals the crucial—and radical—policy actions that must be taken to stem this tide.

Dead Aid

Dead Aid
In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse.

In Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth.

In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer. Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid-dependent and seen poverty increase, Moyo 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, leaving them with nothing but the “need” for more aid.

Debunking the current model of international aid, Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world’s poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty—without reliance on foreign aid or aid-related assistance.

Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.

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