Shamik Dhar, Chief Economist and Director for Economics, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Join us to hear from Shamik Dhar, Chief Economist and Director of Economics at the FCO. In his speech, Shamik will focus on the idea that the high-water mark of globalisation has probably passed, looking at world trade trends, the early days of the Trump Administration, Brexit and the rise of protectionism. He will give his view on the global economic outlook and highlight the UK’s ‘Global Britain’ initiative as an important counter-narrative to the sometimes lazy equivalence drawn between Trump and Brexit. Shamik will also cover China, the EU and assess some big risks including the potential for a trade war and likely political ‘suprises’.
There will be ample opportunity for attendees to put their questions to Shamik and for networking before and after the briefing.
About the speaker
Shamik is the Chief Economist and Director for Economics at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (having started there in September 2014). He has had 30 years experience as a professional economist, alternating between private and public sectors. He started at H.M Treasury in the late 1980s, moving on in the 1990s to Oxford Economic Forecasting and the Bank of England, (where he ran the UK forecast team and was a senior manager in Monetary Analysis). In 2000, he moved to Morley Fund Management, then in 2004 co-founded Fathom Consulting, a leading economics consultancy, before moving back into asset management with Aviva Investors in 2009.
Shamik has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.