Low-Income Developing Countries Conference Session III:

IMF Seminar

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DATE: April 13, 2016

DAY: Wednesday

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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This high-level panel of the LIC conference will discuss how developing countries can address the tradeoffs between short-term macroeconomic imbalances and long-term structural needs in order to implement countries’ development goals.


Low-Income Developing Countries: Conference on Sustainable Economic Development in a Challenging Global Environment


Session I : Inequality, Growth and Resilience

Session II: Scaling-Up Public Investment and Debt Sustainability


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Low-Income Developing Countries Conference Session III:

Economic Development and Stability: The Road Ahead for Developing countries and Key Implementation Challenges

Also available in French.


Moderator: Zain Asher


Zain Asher is an anchor for CNN International based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta. She anchors 'CNN Newsroom' at 2:30pm ET/ 8:30pm CET Monday to Friday on CNNI. In addition, Asher hosts 'Marketplace Africa,' CNNI's premier weekly business show about the continent and its place within global markets. She previously served as a CNN business correspondent based in New York, where she covered economic news from the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy and high-profile IPOs, while regularly interviewing leading CEOs and entrepreneurs. Born and raised in London, Asher graduated from Oxford University where she studied French and Spanish and graduated with a distinction in oral Spanish. In 2006, she earned an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She has lived and worked in Mexico, France and Nigeria and is fluent in French, Spanish and Ibo (her native Nigerian dialect).

Min Zhu


Min Zhu is Deputy Managing Director at the IMF. Previously he served as Special Advisor to the Managing Director of the IMF. He served as a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China. He was responsible for International Affairs, Policy Research, and Credit Information. Prior to his service at China’s Central Bank, he held various positions at the Bank of China where he served as Group Executive Vice President, responsible for finance and treasury, risk management, internal control, legal and compliance, and strategy and research. He also worked at the World Bank and taught Economics at both Johns Hopkins University and Fudan University. He received a Ph.D and an M.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in Economics from Fudan University.

(As of April 2016)

Antoinette Monsio Sayeh

Antoinette Monsio

Antoinette Sayeh is Director of the IMF’s African Department. She was formerly Minister of Finance in Liberia and previously worked for the World Bank for 17 years, including as Country Director for Benin, Niger, and Togo, Country Economist on Pakistan, and Afghanistan, as well as an Advisor in the Bank’s Operations Policy Vice Presidency and as Assistant to its Principal Managing Director. Before joining the Bank, she worked in economic advisory positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning. Ms. Sayeh graduated with a bachelor's degree with honors in Economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in International Economic Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

(As of April 2016)

Arvind Subramanian


Arvind Subramanian is the Chief Economic Advisor to the government of India. He was Assistant Director in the Research Department of the IMF, served at the GATT, and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.  In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.

(As of September 2016)

Francisco Ferreira


Francisco Ferreira is Senior Adviser in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he oversees the Bank’s research programs on poverty, inequality and agriculture. He was formerly the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region, and has also served as Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as co-Director of the World Development Report 2006, on Equity and Development. Francisco is also a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), and has published widely in the fields of poverty and inequality in developing countries. He has taught at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Paris School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Benno Ndulu


Benno Ndulu is Governor of the Central Bank of Tanzania. He served as Sector Lead Specialist with the Macroeconomic Unit for Eastern Africa of the World Bank; Research Manager, Development Economics Group and as Advisor to the Vice President and Manager of Partnership Group Africa Region of the World Bank. Following his PhD degree in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, he taught economics and published widely on growth, adjustment, governance and trade. He also received an honorary doctorate from the ISS in The Hague in recognition of his contributions to Capacity Building and Research on Africa. He has been involved in policy advisory roles worldwide and has served in a wide range of Boards locally and internationally.

(As of April 2016)

Siddharth Tiwari


Siddharth Tiwari is the Director of Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR), which is responsible for developing IMF's policies, overseeing their application at country level, and also coordinating IMF's interactions with G-7, G-20, and G-24. Prior to becoming Director of SPR, Mr. Tiwari was the Secretary of the Fund (the Executive Board, International Monetary and Financial Committee, and the Board of Governors). He has also served as Director of the Office of Budget and Planning; headed country operations in Africa; and the Managing Director’s office. At the Fund, Mr. Tiwari has worked across a wide range of strategic, policy, country, and administrative issues, and held previous positions in the African, Asia and Pacific, and European Departments.