Dame Minouche Shafik

LSE Director (MSc Economics 1986)

I have always understood equality as not about demanding ‘more’, but rather being entitled to the same.

Minouche Shafik

A headshot of Minouche Shafik.
Dame Minouche Shafik

“I’m honoured to be included in the University of London’s Leading Women campaign – in recognition of all the women who have gone before me, and of those who will come after.”

“I have always understood equality as not about demanding ‘more’, but rather being entitled to the same. And I do believe that through this campaign, we have an unprecedented opportunity to promote equality throughout our society and beyond.” 

An economist by training, Minouche has spent most of her career straddling the worlds of public policy and academia. After completing her BSc in economics and politics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she took an MSc in economics at LSE before completing a DPhil in economics at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She was appointed Director of LSE in September 2017.

During her extensive career, Minouche has worked in senior positions at the World Bank, the Department for International Development and the IMF before becoming Deputy Governor of the Bank of England in 2014. In this role, she sat on all of the Bank’s major policy committees and led the Fair and Effective Markets Review.

Minouche currently serves as a Trustee of the British Museum, the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, and is Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College Oxford.  She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in 2015. 

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