Linda Scott is the Emeritus DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Linda is best known for her creation of the concept of the Double X Economy — a perspective that describes the global economy of women in both the developed and developing world, and the roles of women not only as consumers, but as investors, donors and workers. The Double X Economy encompasses the full range of women’s impact as economic participants, leading her to be selected as one of Prospect Magazine’s Top 25 World Thinkers in 2015. The Double X Economy blog works to inform, empower, and support the recognition and growth of women’s involvement in the global economy.
Linda Scott works with multinational companies, NGOs, and governments on programs designed to help women economically. She also founded The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy, an annual symposium born out of Oxford that brings together institutions and individuals working on women’s empowerment to share learning and form collaborations. At last year’s Power Shift, Linda presented a global petition at the United Nations to get women’s financial inclusion on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and called for a more thorough accounting of the costs of excluding women from full participation in the world economy.
Professor Scott’s vision of the women’s economy was featured on the Financial Times’ “Thinking Big” video series and her work has been covered by The Economist, BBC, The New York Times, the Guardian, and other world press vehicles. Scott regularly contributes to leading economic blogs, including the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes, and she serves on the External Advisory Council to the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. She is also a Senior Fellow of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and serves on the Access to Markets subcommittee of the International Business Women’s Leadership Council.
Currently, Linda’s research focuses on the potential for market-based approaches to provide economic empowerment and entrepreneurial opportunities for poor women in developing nations. (Corporate Summit on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart Empowering Women Together). Currently, Linda’s research is focused on developing and testing new measures to access the impact of large scale women’s empowerment projects.