Director General, Economics and Markets

Jaee Samant


Jaee Samant is acting Director General for Economics and Markets at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Between December 2016 and April 2017 she was Director General, Strategy, Growth, People and Legal at BEIS. Prior to this she was Director General for Skills, Deregulation and Local Growth at the the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

She joined BIS in 2013 as Labour Market Director. Before BIS, she was the Home Office’s Crime Director. Jaee has been a civil servant for almost 25 years and has worked at the Department of Employment, the Department for Education and Employment and the Cabinet Office before joining the Home Office in 2004. She has also worked on secondment to the BIG Lottery Fund and the BBC.

Jaee spent some of her childhood in India, Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to the UK in 1980. She worked in banking for a year before joining the civil service.

Director General, Economics and Markets

The Director General is responsible for the following areas:

  • better regulation
  • business frameworks
  • consumer and competition
  • labour markets
  • regulatory delivery
  • Office of Manpower Economics

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Strategy, Growth, People and Legal, BEIS

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Director General, Skills, Deregulation and Local Growth, and Legal, BIS

    • 2016 to 2016