Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born author and global economist, has recently been introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.
Dambisa Moyo, now Baroness Moyo of Knightsbridge, was born in Lusaka, Zambia. She is best known for her theories on macroeconomics and global affairs. She is also a New York Times bestselling author for four of her five books, including How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly – And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead (2011), How Boards Work: And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World (2021), and Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World (2012).
With organizations like the World Bank and Goldman Sachs on her resumé, she is currently a board member of Chevron Corporation and Condé Nast. She is also on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Economic Imbalances.
The House of Lords, founded in the 11th century, is the second chamber of the United Kingdom’s parliament, the first being the House of Commons. The House of Lords’ roles entails formulating laws, holding the government accountable, and reviewing civil codes and policies.
The millennia-old parliament has been criticized for its low diversity, with the percentage of female members only 28% as of May 2022. It was also reported in an article by BBC in 2015 that there were no black or minority ethnic people among the senior staff of the House of Lords.
Baroness Valerie Amos became the first black woman to serve as a Minister in the House of Lords in 2003. Several black women have joined the British Parliament since then, including most recently, Dambisa Moyo.
Announcing on her Twitter page on December 5, Dambisa shared, “Today, I have the great honour of being introduced into the House of Lords as Baroness Moyo of Knightsbridge.”