Dharshini David

A highly experienced broadcaster and economist, Dharshini covers financial news for the BBC. In January 2020 she was appointed to be the BBC's Global Trade Correspondent. Prior to that she was covering BBC’s Economics Editor’s brief across national TV and Radio and online and presents  business news for Radio 4’s Today programme. She is as comfortable holding policymakers to account as explaining complex concepts to general audiences. She started her career as an economist in government, and was subsequently HSBC Investment Bank’s UK Economist. She left the trading floor to cover financial stories for the BBC in London and went on to present Panorama and the BBC’s Wall Street coverage from New York as the financial crisis took hold.  She has also presented business, political and general news programmes for Sky News, including the flagship “Sky News Tonight” show alongside Adam Boulton. 

Dharshini is the author of the “The Almighty Dollar” (Elliott & Thompson 2018) which explains in accessible terms the economic foundations that underpin the modern world. She is a highly experienced and versatile conference chair and speaker.

During her career, Dharshini has  advised Tesco's board, and its then CEO Sir Terry Leahy, on broadcast media strategy, acted as an economic consultant to Daiwa Bank, and sat as a non-executive member of one the Financial Conduct Authority’s boards