Regional Director Middle East and Africa, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Pratibha Thaker leads The Economist Intelligence Unit's Middle East and Africa team and is also the overall manager of the other regional teams. She is responsible for establishing a clear vision of objectives, activities and products that will add value for stakeholders. Directly managing a large pool of external contributors and an in-house team of regional and country specialists, Pratibha provides the intellectual leadership necessary to ensure that the EIU's analysis and forecasts for the Middle Eastern and African markets are the most insightful available to international decision-makers. This involves overseeing analysis, research and modelling for governments, corporations, NGOs and foundations around the world.
Pratibha has many years' experience ensuring that the EIU's forecasts and analysis for countries' economies are closely integrated with our global macroeconomic outlook. Areas of focus range from political and macroeconomic analysis to private-sector issues such as business development strategies, market entry and expansion strategies, and new global emerging markets (particularly India's and China's deepening relationship with frontier markets and world trade). Pratibha has the analytical skills and the regional expertise required to diagnose problems and devise viable solutions. She frequently chairs and speaks at conferences in Africa, the Middle East and Asia on subjects such as the business case for Africa, the impact of low oil prices for the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), global food security, urban sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Pratibha has an MSc and a BSc in economics from the University of London. She also holds an MA in area studies from SOAS, University of London.