Rain Newton-Smith

Chief Economist, Confederation of British Industry

United Kingdom


Rain Newton-Smith

Rain Newton-Smith is the Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry. 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. She provided 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. Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England and also led a team with responsibility for developing a risk assessment framework for the UK financial system.

While at the Bank, she also went on secondment to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. where she was adviser to the UK executive director. Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader. She is currently co-Chair of the Young Global Leaders Taskforce on the Circular Economy. In 2016, she was listed in City AM’s Power 100 women.

"My highschool teachers taught me to think differently, to ‘live deliberately.. and suck the very marrow out of life’. I’m eternally grateful to them for tapping into my enthusiasm, opening up my world and my ability to shape it. My only hope is that my children and those around the world will have the same opportunities. Great teachers shape the world, and create the future, we need to get behind them."