Agathe Demarais

Agathe Demarais

Formal First Name

Agathe Demarais is the Global Forecasting Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, a leader in business intelligence. In her role, Agathe leads EIU’s global economic and geopolitical forecasting, connecting the dots in the analysis of the organization’s analysts across the world. A thought leader on global affairs, Agathe is the author of Backfire, a book on the global ripple effects of US sanctions. She is a leading voice on global issues, with a specific interest in sanctions, European affairs, Russia and the Middle East. She spent five years in Russia and three years in the Middle East, where she developed her knowledge of financial sanctions and policymaking. She draws upon her extensive expertise in emerging markets, deep policy-making knowledge and her experience in investment banking to help a wide variety of audiences make sense of complex developments. Prior to the EIU, Agathe was a Senior Policy Adviser for the French Treasury in Russia and Lebanon, where she worked directly on sanctions and other economic and financial issues.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Agathe manages EIU's global forecasting team and heads the publication of EIU’s monthly global macroeconomic outlook.

  • She also leads the EIU’s global economic and geopolitical forecasting, with a special interest in trade, development and sanctions-related issues.

  • Previously, she served as EIU's Europe Director and Principal economist



  • Board of Trustee, The Economic Charitable Trust

  • Younger Generation Leader, European Leadership Network

  • 2022/23 Cohort Member, Franco-British Young Leaders

  • Member, World Economic Forum's Expert Network