In 2009, the Executive Board selected Mr. Moisés Schwartz of Mexico as Director of the IEO. Before IEO, Mr. Schwartz was President of the National Commission for Retirement Savings in Mexico. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as an Executive Director of the IMF, representing Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and Venezuela. Prior to that, Mr. Schwartz held several senior positions in Mexico’s public administration, including as the Finance Minister’s Chief of Staff and Director General of International Financial Affairs within the Ministry of Finance. He has also served as Director of Macroeconomic Analysis and Director of Economic Studies in Mexico’s Central Bank. Mr. Schwartz earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Tecnológico Autonómo de México and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Before joining the IEO in 2006, he was Director at the World Bank Institute, which delivers capacity-building programs in developing countries. Prior World Bank assignments included senior positions in its Evaluation Unit, as well as in the units responsible for operations in the Balkans, Russia and Ukraine. At different times, he held positions at the International Monetary Fund and in the Bank of Israel, and at the Planning Institute of Jamaica. Mr. Lamdany holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Takagi joined the IEO in April 2013 after more than 20 years of teaching at Osaka University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. As a specialist in international monetary economics, Mr. Takagi is the author or coauthor of over 160 publications, including an undergraduate textbook that has sold 30,000 copies in the Japanese academic market. He began his career as an economist at the IMF and subsequently worked at the Bank of Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Finance; he spent 2002-06 as Advisor at the IEO. Mr. Takagi holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.
Ling Hui Tan
Ms. Tan joined the IEO as an Advisor in April 2013. Prior to that, she was a Division Chief in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, responsible for the Institute’s macroeconomics training program in Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Tan was previously in the IEO during 2007-09; she has also worked in the IMF’s European Department. Her research publications include papers on trade and structural policy issues in various academic journals. Before joining the IMF she was an assistant professor at McGill University in Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Before joining the IEO in August 2009, she was a Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, leading missions to several Caribbean countries. Prior IMF assignments included working in the European and Finance Departments. In this capacity, she has written on a wide range of issues, including financial sector stability, the “new economy,” auction theory, the demographic shock, capital flows, and the impact of natural disasters on debt sustainability. Ms. Wagner holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University.
Before joining the IEO in 2009, Mr. Dhar worked at the World Bank, most recently as Economic Adviser in the Africa Region, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a B.Sc. (Econ) degree from the London School of Economics.
Before joining the IEO in 2015, Ms. Sgherri held positions in several IMF departments—including Institute for Capacity Development, Research, European, and Strategy, Policy, and Review Department. She also worked as senior economist at the ECB’s DG-Research and as research fellow at the ESRC Macroeconomic Modelling Bureau and De Nederlandsche Bank. She holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Warwick. Her published works focus on international monetary and fiscal policy.
Ms. Stedman joined the IEO in November 2008. She previously worked for over seventeen years at the U.S. Treasury, including as Director of the Office of International Monetary Policy and Financial Attaché in London. She holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Miguel de Las Casas
Mr. de Las Casas joined the IEO in April 2013. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Advisor to Executive Director at the IMF Executive Board. He previously worked for ten years at the International Affairs Department of the Banco de España. He holds a Masters in International Relations from IE Business School.
Before joining the IEO, Ms. Zhou was a senior economist in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Market Department and mission chief for Morocco’s FSAP. Prior IMF assignments include working in the Asia & Pacific, European, and Middle East & Central Asia Departments. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Zhejiang University.