If there is a book that everyone should read, especially if you’re a leader whose work impacts people’s lives, it is the one written by the Egyptian economist, Minouche Shafik, “What We Owe Each Other” (2021).
It is a book that proposes to rethink a new social contract for the post-COVID19 era. This new social contract must take into account childhood, education, health, work, old age and the relationship between generations.
It presents very interesting questions that make you reflect on topics such as, how can we teach children to learn throughout their lives? Especially if we take into account that people will live longer and their retirement may not be at 60 but at 80. Also, If we take into account that we will live and work longer, and that technology will be increasingly complex and it will cover more and more areas of our lives, continuous learning is our only salvation to not to become obsolete.
It was through this book that I met Minouche Shafik. She is a renowned economist who is currently Director of the London School of Economics (LSE). She has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as well as a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.
At 36 years old, she was already the vice president of the World Bank.
During her time in the Bank, she assisted in private sector relations, which improved the performance of a $50 billion portfolio. Having an English nationality, she has served in various public positions in the British government.
Shafik is an inspiring economist, with a great capacity for reflection that is highly sensitive to reality. She is a visionary who is at the service of solving the main challenges that humanity faces today and in the future. It is very worth knowing her.