Miatta Fahnbulleh

Miatta Fahnbulleh

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
New Economics Foundation

Miatta has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering policy to empower communities and change people’s lives. She has been at the forefront of generating new ideas on reshaping our economy inside government and out. Prior to joining NEF she was Director of Policy & Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research. Her work has included the development of policies from devolution to local economic growth, housing, energy and climate change and transport, driving forward the Government’s economic devolution agenda in England, and localism and local economic growth. Miatta has a Masters and PhD in economic development from the LSE and a BA in PPE from Oxford.

Croydon Climate Crisis Commission

Miatta is Chair of the Croydon Climate Crisis Commission. The Commission is formed from a partnership between Croydon Council and the New Economics Foundation and it is part of the wider Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

The independent body has been set up to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and will draw on findings of a new citizens’ assembly on ways to lower the borough’s carbon footprint.

On her appointment as Chair, Miatta said: 

“The urgent need to reduce our environmental impact is now well understood across society, but politics has lagged behind and we have not seen the transformative solutions required. The transition to new low-carbon industries and ways of living must happen quickly, but must also be used as an opportunity to improve the wellbeing of workers, minorities and the poorest in our society.

“Councils across the country will have to grapple with how to respond to the climate emergency and it’s great that Croydon want to blaze a trail for how to work with the local community to develop an ambitious response. I hope that this Commission can help to kick-start concrete action and establish Croydon as a leader in the zero carbon transition.”

Commissioners will be tasked with reaching out into the Croydon community to build alliances and generate action on the climate and ecological emergency. 

Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission 

Miatta is on this Commission to explore the root causes and drivers of inequality and offer solutions to tackle these issues across Greater Manchester.

With a diverse membership of eminent thinkers and doers, the Independent Inequalities Commission will draw upon evidence of the existing and emerging inequalities in the city-region and make specific, hard-hitting and deliverable recommendations for action to improve the lives of residents across Greater Manchester.

Miatta on the plight of the high street

This is one of many interviews with, and articles by, Miatta you can find on the main website for the New Economics Foundation.  In this interview with LBC Miatta discussed the crisis for UK high streets, how coronavirus has exacerbated an existing problem and what the government should be doing to protect and create jobs.

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