Rain Newton-Smith

CBI Chief Economist

Rain Newton-Smith is Chief Economist at The Confederation of British Industry.

Formerly, she was Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China.

Prior to this, Rain worked for nine years at the Bank of England. Her roles included working on monetary policy and forecasting for the Monetary Policy Committee. 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 LSE, focusing on international trade.

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02 February 2018

CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey