Judith is a specialist in private investment and financial development in developing countries at the Overseas Development Institute, the leading global affairs think-tank. Recent work includes examining banking and capital market development, domestic resource mobilization, infrastructure financing, cross-border capital flows and blended private-public co-investment.
She has acted as expert advisors to ICAI, the UK parliamentary 'watchdog', the World Economic Forum (WEF- Digital inclusion), CDC Group, various FCDO expert panels and is co-investigator for a $2 million ERSC-DFID grant for research into financial development working with the Africa Economic Research Consortium and SOAS. Clients have included the UNCTAD, UN Economic Commission for Africa, DFID, UN-WIDER, the European Commission and a number of national governments, central banks and development agencies in Africa and Asia.
She has worked in-country across sub-Saharan Africa including in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia. Her work has attracted media coverage including in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC (World News, Business Report, Victoria Derbyshire, Today Program, Focus on Africa), CNBC and CNN.
She holds a doctorate from the School of Africa and Oriental Studies at the University of London, has authored numerous books and papers and has more than two decades' experience as an investment banker at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank in New York, Tokyo and London.