Dharshini David

Dharshini David is a highly experienced broadcaster and economist who covers financial news for the BBC. In January 2020 she was appointed to be the BBC's first Global Trade Correspondent. 

She has worked as an economist for the UK government, on the trading floor for HSBC Investment Bank, advised the Tesco Board about broadcasting and covered the credit crunch from Wall Street.

Dharshini is as comfortable holding policymakers to account as explaining complex concepts to general audiences. 

Career

Dharshini began her career working as a government economist before moving to the trading floor with HSBC Investment Bank as their Senior UK Economist.

In 2000 Dharshini joined the BBC as an economics correspondent working on national news bulletins for BBC One, BBC News 24 and BBC World. She also presented Panorama. 

Moving to New York in 2006 she took up the role of BBC New York Business Presenter covering the emerging credit crunch on Wall Street and presenting World Business Report.

In 2008 Dharshini joined Tesco as Head of Broadcast advising the board on broadcast media relations and implementing media training for directors.

In 2009 Dharshini moved back to London as business and economics correspondent for Sky News where she also presented business and general news programmes.

A break from broadcasting saw Dharshini join Daiwa Capital Markets as an economic consultant while also being appointed as a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel of the Financial Conduct Authority,

She moved back to the BBC in 2018 as Senior Economics correspondent followed in 2020 with her appointment as the BBC’s first Global Trade correspondent. Dharshini is also Chief Business Presenter for Radio 4’s Today programme.

Books

The Almighty Dollar, published in 2018, explains in accessible terms the economic foundations that underpin the modern world. 

The Eco Dollar: How the Global Green Economy Really Works for Business, the World and You, to be published in May 2023, is an exploration of the rapidly changing global green economy.