ENGLISH ECONOMIST AT University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.  known for her work on ‘doughnut economics’.


Keynote Speaker Category: Economics, Environment, Female Speakers, Leadership, Social Challenges, Sustainability, TED Speakers,


Kate Raworth is an economist and the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. Here she focuses on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges.

She founded the term ‘Doughnut Economics’ . Kate and her team believe Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer.

The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

For her full Bio, see below: –


  • A Healthy Economy Should Be Designed to Thrive, Not Grow
  • Business for the 21st Century
  • Why a Doughnut Economy is a Circular Economy
  • Why Economics is Out of Date
  • Why It’s Time for Doughnut Economics

Kate tailors each presentation to the needs of her audience and is not limited to the topics listed above. Please ask us about any subject that interests you and we can check this directly.

Recent Media: 

Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Also Replace Capitalism?

Stay in the doughnut, not the hole: how to get out of the crisis with both our economy and environment intact

Why Technology is not the silver bullet in securing a sustainable future.

Recent work: The DEAL Community Platform launches


How the Dutch are reshaping their post-pandemic economy – 

Kate Raworth – TED Keynote

A healthy Economy should be designed to thrive. 


Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement.

Her book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in the UK and US in April 2017 and translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese.

She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management, as well as a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.

She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and serves on several advisory boards, including the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges program, the University of Surrey’s Center for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

She has written extensively for media including The GuardianThe New StatesmanNewsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programs including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation.”


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