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Rain Newton-Smith speaker

Rain Newton-Smith


Rain Newton-Smith is Chief Economist at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), with responsibility for analysis and surveys.

Formerly Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she is led the coordination of emerging markets macro forecast projects, encompassing the monitoring and analysis of maturities in China and involved at a global level in projecting ‘what if’ scenarios. These incorporated international risk scenarios and the potential effects of a Chinese banking-sector crisis.

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Rain worked for nine years at the Bank of England. Her roles included preparing global forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee, evaluating the supply-side determinants of the UK economy, and acting as a research advisor to Richard Lambert, a former member of the MPC. In 2004, Rain started a two-year secondment as an advisor to the UK Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

She was deeply involved with governmental projects investigating Middle Eastern financial stability and economic development matters. Rain’s continuing experience resulted in leading a task force that contributed to the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Report.

In addition to having an MSc in Economics from LSE – concentrating on international trade studied Politics, Rain studied Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.

In 2010, Rain was chosen as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. In 2012 the World Economic Forum officially recognized her as Young Global Leader.

Current specific topics include:

· Global economic outlook

· International risk scenarios

· What does weaker growth over the medium term in China (and rest of BRICs) mean for the global economy?

· Impact of QE and portfolio flows on emerging market prospects

· Prospects for global trade between emerging markets and advanced economies

Rain Newton-Smith has led the CBI response to the British government’s financial interventions during the Coronavirus emergency.


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