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Global Shifts in Economics, Politics and Business: What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful in our Future World?

Dambisa Moyo, Ph.D.
International economist and author

Monday, November 17, 2014
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

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Lindsey Cole at 212-327-8183

Dr. Dambisa Moyo will discuss the most disruptive forces afoot today that risk undermining economic growth and political stability around the world. She will detail the growing attraction of policymakers (especially across the emerging markets) away from liberal democracy and market capitalism, and towards more state-centric economies and de-prioritizing democracy. Global headwinds such as advances in technology, demographic shifts and natural resource scarcity (in arable land, potable water, energy and minerals) will likely exacerbate these trends, and lead policymakers and politicians to introduce inferior policies that will, longer term, worsen global growth, deteriorate living standards, and create significantly greater political and market volatility around the world.

Dr. Moyo is an international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs. She has travelled 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.

Dr. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, SABMiller, and Barrick Gold. 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. She is also a contributing editor to CNBC and is regularly published in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Dr. Moyo 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). She was awarded the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award and 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 completed a PhD in economics at Oxford University and holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.



The Rockefeller University’s Insight Lecture Series is designed to foster wide-ranging discussion of issues of sciences, health, politics, arts, and humanities within our scientific community on campus. Over the years, the series has included writers Malcolm Gladwell and Joyce Carol Oates, economist Jeffrey Sachs, actor and filmmaker Alan Alda, architect Frank Gehry, diplomat Henry Kissinger, and other leaders in their fields of endeavor.

In addition to Dambisa Moyo, the 2014-2015 Insight Lecture Series includes virologist Nathan Wolfe, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband, Harvard Professor and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, publisher and poet Jonathan Galassi, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and investor, philanthropist, and innovator Esther Dyson. Please visit to view a complete list of dates and more information about our guest speakers.

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