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Robert Gregory is a deputy unit chief in the IMF’s Strategy Policy and Review Department, working on Lending Policy. Previously, he worked in the European Department covering Iceland, and prior to that on Morocco and Nigeria. Robert began his career at Accenture, and has also worked for the UK Treasury and Barclays Bank. He recently returned to the IMF from a secondment to the UK Government, working on trade policy.
Fiscal policies have provided large emergency lifelines to people and firms during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also invaluable to increase a country’s readiness to respond to a crisis and to help with the recovery and beyond. (more…)
Karen Ongley is an Advisor in the IMF’s African Department and is currently Mission Chief for Sierra Leone. Since joining the IMF in 1998, Karen has worked on a range of low- and middle-income economies including Afghanistan, Albania, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Yemen, and West Bank & Gaza. She has also worked extensively on IMF lending policies and other policy issues. Prior to joining the IMF, Karen worked on tax policy and international economy issues at the Australian Treasury, and as a policy advisor to a Cabinet Minister. She has degrees from the University of Sydney and Newcastle University.
By David Lipton
Across sub-Saharan Africa, a visit to a school offers both a vision of hope for the future, and a reminder of the difficulties in attaining that vision. My recent visit to Sierra Leone and Niger brought this duality into sharp focus. (more…)
Vivian Malta is an economist in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, where she has been working on analytical projects that tackle, at the same time, macroeconomic and inequality issues. Prior to joining the Fund, she worked as an economist at the World Bank’s office in Brazil, analyzing the economic outlook for that country, with more focus on fiscal policies. Vivian has also spent two years working in the financial industry as a macroeconomics researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from FGV-EPGE and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from PUC-Rio (both in Brazil). During her graduate studies she spent a year at Columbia University in the City of New York and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a visiting scholar.