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The Authors

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Joannes Mongardini, Tamon Asonuma, Olivier Basdevant, Alfredo Cuevas, Xavier Debrun, Lars Engstrom, Imelda Flores Vazquez, Vitaliy Kramarenko, Lamin Leigh, Paul Masson, and Genevieve Verdier
Published Date:
April 2013
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Joannes Mongardini is currently deputy division chief in the African Department at the IMF and has served as IMF mission chief on Benin, Burundi, Namibia, Republic of Congo, and Swaziland. He has authored a series of IMF publications on African economic issues, as well as on Europe and the Middle East. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tamon Asonuma is currently an economist in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the IMF. Since joining the IMF, he has worked on economic policy covering Myanmar, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. His recent research work has focused on sovereign debt and renegotiations, exchange rates, and portfolio flows. His work has been published in several journals and book chapters. He obtained a PhD in Economics from Boston University in 2011.

Olivier Basdevant is a senior economist at the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked as a policy advisor to central banks (New Zealand, Estonia), as well as ministries of finance (Russia, Lithuania). Olivier Basdevant was also a university lecturer in France (Sorbonne), and South Africa (Pretoria).

Alfredo Cuevas is the head of the Regional Studies Division of the African Department at the IMF. He has been the senior representative of the IMF in South Africa, and has led several country teams in Anglophone and Lusophone Africa. He was formerly affiliated with the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department and with the Banco de Mexico.

Xavier Debrun joined the IMF in 2000, working mainly in the Fiscal Affairs and Research Departments. In 2006–07, he was a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel—Brussels’ leading think tank—and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. His research interests include monetary integration and macro-fiscal issues. He has published widely in prominent professional journals (European Economic Review, The Economic Journal, and Economic Policy, among others).

Lars Engstrom is a senior economist in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the IMF. He has extensive experience from work on economic and financial issues related to African countries, including as a former IMF resident representative in Rwanda.

Imelda M. Flores Vazquez is currently an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She received her PhD from New York University in 2012. She worked at the IMF as a summer intern in 2011.

Vitaliy Kramarenko is currently the coordinator of the IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Center for Southern Africa (AFRITAC-South). He received a doctorate degree in International Economics from Grenoble University (France) in 1995. He joined the IMF in 1995 and has since worked on countries in Africa, Europe, and Middle East and Central Asia.

Lamin Y. M. Leigh is currently a deputy division chief and mission chief for Botswana and Namibia in the IMF’s African Department. He joined the IMF in 1995 and has worked on countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia and Pacific. He received a PhD in Economics from Oxford University (England) in 1995.

Paul R. Masson is currently monetary union advisor to the Government of Rwanda, and head of Weatherstone Consulting. He taught at the University of Toronto from 2004 onward, after earning a PhD from the London School of Economics, and working at the Bank of Canada, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the IMF. He has published extensively in the areas of monetary economics, international finance, public finance, and macroeconomic modeling, including several books, notably the Monetary Geography of Africa.

Geneviève Verdier is a senior economist in the African Department of the IMF. She completed a PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2003. Her research interests include economic growth, international macroeconomics, and financial development. Prior to joining the IMF in 2006, she was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. She also worked as an economist at the Bank of Canada.

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