Gerry RiceDirector, Communications Department
Mr. Gerry Rice was appointed Director of the Communications Department (COM) at the International Monetary Fund in December 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Director for COM (2006-2011), formerly known as EXR.
As Director of the COM, Mr. Rice is responsible for IMF strategy on external engagements with media and the Fund's key stakeholders, including legislatures and parliaments, labor representatives, civil society groups, and academics, as well as the Fund's internal communications. The Director works closely with the Managing Director and senior Fund management on the communication of IMF operations, including policy and lending decisions.
Prior to joining the IMF, Mr. Rice had an illustrious 25-year career at the World Bank. Amongst other positions, he served at the World Bank as Communications Director, where he managed all aspects of the World Bank’s external and internal communications.
Over 1999-2000, Mr. Rice returned to his native Scotland to help with the international economic dimensions of the devolution project that was launched with the establishment of the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years. At that time, he published a book entitled "Scotland's Global Opportunity".
Mr. Rice earned his PhD in Modern History from Glasgow University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. His PhD thesis on the establishment of the US Peace Corps was later published as The Bold Experiment. He is also a graduate of Harvard's Management Development Program and has served as Visiting Professor at Glasgow University.