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Episode 18: Dambisa Moyo

A Global Economist, Redefining a New Path for Humanity

Janice Ellig, CEO and founder of Ellig Group, sits down with real leaders in this series of game-changing conversations, bespoke to fellow champions of change. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity.

We are honored to speak with Dr. Dambisa Moyo, an international economist, best-selling author, celebrated intellectual and public speaker who is recognized for her fresh and innovative ideas. As a citizen of the world and global contributor, Dambisa analyzes the macroeconomy, global affairs, and board leadership, on this month’s episode of Leadership Reimagined, “A Global Economist, Redefining a New Path for Humanity.” Join us as we discuss Dambisa’s unique perspectives, and balanced contrarian thinking with measured judgment and economic insights for investible societal solutions.

Episode 18: “A Global Economist, Redefining a New Path for Humanity”

As a child, Dambisa spent her very early years accompanying her family to the United States as her father received his Master’s degree, followed by a PhD at The University of Wisconsin. She returned to Zambia, her home country in Africa for primary and secondary school and attained an undergraduate degree in chemistry.  As a young adult, Dambisa shares how the realities of Africa shaped her perspective on many of the topics she speaks and writes about today. Having productive and open conversations around important issues such as business, politics, finance, and social challenges were highly encouraged by her supportive parents.

Episode 18: Dambisa Moyo

“Questions around how we improve livelihoods for as many people as possible and continuing to push the idea for human progress was always something my family discussed at the table…”

Dr. Moyo’s path took her to American University for her MBA before joining the World Bank as a consultant in the Bank’s Europe, Central Asia and Africa Departments where she co-authored the World Bank’s annual World Development Report. After receiving a Master of Public Administration from Harvard and a PhD in Economics from Oxford, she spent nearly a decade at Goldman Sachs as a research economist and strategist advising developing countries on the issuing of bonds. Dr. Moyo currently serves on the boards of Chevron, 3M and Condé Nast and on the Oxford University Endowment and previously on the boards of Barclays Bank, Seagate Technologies and SABMiller.

Please find a Harvard Business Review article written by Dr. Dambisa Moyo on “10 Questions to Guide Boards Through the Pandemic” published April 2020. In addition to her full list of publications, you can find all four best-selling books by accessing her website.

It is with great privilege we present to you “A Global Economist, Redefining a New Path for Humanity” with Dr. Dambisa Moyo.

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As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

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