Lydia Prieg is a policy adviser, specialising in the financial sector. She works with NGOs and those in the financial services industry to help restructure the international capital markets to make them more fair, stable and sustainable, with a particular focus on exploring their impact on development.
Prior to joining Oxfam, Lydia spent three years as a researcher at the New Economics Foundation, where she worked on a range of issues including the too-big-to-fail problem, tax avoidance, regulation of derivatives and capital flows, private investment in developing countries, and competition problems in UK retail banking. Before that, she worked in banking; on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, selling interest-rate-derivatives (bonds, interest-rate-swaps and inflation-swaps) to UK banks, building societies, asset managers and pension funds.
Lydia has an MA in Physics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation explored UK legislative politics. During her studies in London, she also worked part-time in the UK parliament for the Labour Party.