Nishan Degnarain

Nishan Degnarain

Visiting Senior Fellow

Institute of Global Affairs

About me

Nishan Degnarain co-leads the Blue Finance Initiative at the LSE’s IGA.  The initiative engages Government, business and academic stakeholders around a Sustainable Blue Economy framework which can support countries transition to a sustainable ocean environment, including the relevant governance, investment opportunities, risk tools and implementation vehicles.

He is an economist who recently published “Soul of the Sea in the Age of the Algorithm,” focused on how the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will transform global ocean governance.  He Chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Oceans where he developed and launched a new three year Special Initiative on the Ocean, brokered a major UN Declaration on illegal fishing (Tuna Traceability Declaration) and works with major technology companies on breakthrough solutions for the ocean. Nishan sits on the Board of the National Ocean Council of Mauritius and is an international member of China’s CCICED, advising the Chinese Government on their National Ocean Strategy.

Nishan was formerly the Senior Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Mauritius, a Member of Mauritius Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, and held various positions at the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the World Bank and McKinsey & Company. He holds degrees in International Development from the University of Cambridge and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and was recognised by WEF as a Young Global Leader.



Oceans, Sustainable Development, Small Island Developing States, Africa, Monetary Policy, Technology