Baroness 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.
Minouche Shafik, Baroness Shafik DBE

“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.” 

Nemat (Minouche) Shafik is a leading economist, whose career has straddled public policy and academia. She was appointed Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science in September 2017.

She did her BA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her MSc at LSE and her DPhil at the University of Oxford and, by the age of 36, had become the youngest ever Vice President of the World Bank. She taught at Georgetown University and the Wharton Business School. She later served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development from 2008 to 2011, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2011-2014 and as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2014-2017, where she sat on all the monetary, financial and prudential policy committees and was responsible for a balance sheet of over £500 billion.

Minouche has served on and chaired numerous boards and currently serves as a Trustee of the British Museum, the Supervisory Board of Siemens, the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Economy Honours Committee. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015. In July 2020 Minouche was made a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords.

Her new book What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract is out now.

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