Rain Newton-Smith

CBI Chief Economist and Former Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics

Rain Newton-Smith is Confederation of British Industry Chief Economist. She and her team provide business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks. Previously, Rain was head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China.

"A Globally Renowned Economist"

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  • Global Economic Outlook
  • Geopolitical Risk
  • Brexit
  • Emerging Markets
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Trade
  • COVID 19 Economic Recovery


She presents in English.

How she presents

Rain's blend of research and business experience translates into powerful and pragmatic advice.

In Detail

Rain is frequently involved at a global level in projecting 'what if' scenarios. These incorporate international risk scenarios and potential effects of a Chinese banking-sector crisis. Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Rain worked for nine years at the Bank of England. Her roles included preparing global forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee, evaluating the supply-side determinants of the UK economy, and acting as a research advisor to Richard Lambert, a former member of the MPC. In 2004, Rain started a two-year secondment as an advisor to the UK Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. Rain has an MSc in Economics from and also studied Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.


Rain provides macroeconomic forecasts and analysis on China's role in the global economy and the development of Asia, helping a range of companies and international financial institutions to expand into new markets and grow their business.



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