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Dr. Christopher Payne

Chief Economist

About Dr. Chris

As Chief Economist at Peninsula, Chris is responsible for producing research that guides investment strategy and builds public awareness of our research-centric approach. To his role, Chris brings 25 years of experience in banking and finance spanning the Gulf, US, UK and Asian Emerging markets.

Prior to joining Peninsula, Chris was chief economist at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), acting as economic advisor to the Governor. He was responsible for further developing the DIFC’s 2024 growth strategy; and, in addition, advised the Dubai Government on its economic reform program. Based in Kuwait, Chris was Head of Research at the Institute of Banking Studies, where he worked closely with the commercial banks and the Central Bank of Kuwait.

Chris has also worked in the US and UK. Working for Bloomberg LP in Washington DC, he wrote extensively on banking regulation, monetary and fiscal policy; often presenting his findings on Capitol Hill. In the UK, he worked for JPMorgan and F&C Asset Management, specializing in Korean and Taiwanese equities.

Chris is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with
PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the mid-1990s. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (first class) from Cambridge University, England; and Masters (Distinction) and Doctorate degrees from the London School of Economics. He is the author of two books, “The Consumer, Credit and Neoliberalism” (Routledge: 2012); and “The Economists’ Diet” (Simon & Schuster: 2018); and has provided commentary and analysis on financial and economic issues in the US and UK media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic and political analysis of GCC and global markets
  • Extensive emerging market investment experience
  • Expertise in the analysis of banking and financial institutions
  • Extensive media experience, including appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg and CBS; and publication in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Bloomberg News

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