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IMF Managing Director Kristina Georgieva Proposes the Appointment of Antoinette Sayeh as Deputy Managing Director

February 25, 2020

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF), today proposed the appointment of Antoinette Sayeh as a Deputy
Managing Director, effective March 16, 2020. The appointment is subject to
approval by the IMF’s Executive Board.

In announcing her selection of Ms. Sayeh, Ms. Georgieva said:

“We are welcoming back a dear friend and member of the IMF family.
Antoinette is very well known and highly respected, having served as
Director of the African Department between 2008 and 2016 where she led a
major transformation of the Fund’s relationship with our African member

“Antoinette demonstrates a rare combination of institutional leadership,
deep analytical capacity, and an unwavering commitment to fairness. I have
always been impressed by her genuine care for the well-being of the people
we serve and her ability to place them front and center in our efforts. I
personally have known and worked with her for many years in a wide range of
positions that she has held. I look forward to working closely with her
again as she joins the management team.”

Since 2016 Ms. Sayeh, a Liberian national, has been a Distinguished
Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and was also the
external Co-Chair for the recently concluded 19th Replenishment
of the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA19).

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As Minister of Finance in post-conflict Liberia from January 2006 through
June 2008, Ms. Sayeh led the country through the clearance of its
long-standing multilateral debt arrears. Before joining President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, she worked for the World Bank Group for 17
years, holding various senior positions. Prior to that, Ms. Sayeh worked in
Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from
Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a PhD in International Economic
Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

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