Soumaya Keynes


 



Soumaya Keynes was born in Britain on 1 August 1989, to Zelfa Hourani and conservationist Randal Keynes. She has one sibling, her younger brother, Skandar Keynes (born September 5, 1991), a political adviser and former actor. Soumaya Keynes also worked as a child actress.


On her maternal side, her grandfather was Lebanese author Cecil Hourani, an advisor to the late Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba. The Hourani family were immigrants to Manchester from Marjeyoun in southern Lebanon. Cecil's two brothers were Albert Hourani, a historian of the Middle East, and George Hourani, philosopher, historian, and classicist.[citation needed]. Keynes is also of Persian and Turkish descent on this side of her family.Her maternal grandmother, Furugh Afnan, was the great-granddaughter of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Baháʼí Faith, making Keynes a great-great-great-granddaughter of Baha'u'llah. 

On her paternal side, she is the great-great-niece of John Maynard Keynes, a British economist who had a large impact on macroeconomic theory and policy. 

Soumaya Keynes herself says it is partially because of this relationship that she initially avoided macro-economics in her studies, focusing instead on microeconomics.


Soumaya Keynes  attended Trinity College, Cambridge for both her undergraduate and master's degrees.She completed a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics in 2010 (1st Class) and a MPhil Economics in 2011. She completed her MPhil with distinction.

It was during her time at the University of Cambridge that she learned of, and decided to join, the Institute for Fiscal Studies


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