What's New
April 4, 2023
Tuesday, April 4 at 11:00 AM EST, the IEO will host a Virtual Event to launch our book celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the IEO. Charles Collyns and Prakash Loungani will offer introductory remarks drawing from the main themes in the book. Alison Evans (World Bank IEG), Philip Jennings (IMF), Pablo Moreno (IEO), and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu (IMF) will then provide perspectives on the IEO's work and challenges. When it's time, join the Webex meeting here: Join Meeting.
March 21, 2023
The IEO hosted a Virtual Seminar on its evaluation of The IMF's Emergency Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The IEO team leader, Prakash Loungani, summarized the report's findings and recommendations, followed by comments from Sean Nolan (IMF), Rosemary Lim (IMF), and Alejandro Werner (Georgetown Americas Institute).
March 20, 2023
February 28, 2023
The IEO Seminar Series hosted John B. Taylor (Stanford University) on How Monetary Policy Got Behind the Curve—and How to Get Back to Rules-Based Policy. John B. Taylor briefly reviewed the proceedings of a recent Hoover Institute conference marking the launch of the book he just edited jointly with Michael Bordo and John H. Cochrane, How Monetary Policy Got Behind the Curve—and How to Get Back (Hoover Institution, 2023). Other policy issues—fiscal policy, price shocks, military conflict, exchange rates, the international monetary system—that are related to central bank strategies figured into the discussion.
January 20, 2023
The IEO Seminar Series hosted J. Chris Giancarlo (Digital Dollar Project), Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli (IMF), and Natalie Smolenski (Texas Bitcoin Foundation) on The Fight for the Future of Money— A Discussion with “CryptoDad”. Chris Giancarlo led off with a discussion of his recent book CryptoDad: The Fight for the Future of Money (Wiley, 2021). Following this presentation, Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli and Natalie Smolenski offered insights on the cost-benefit trade-off of digital monies, looking at their potential impact on banks and other financial institutions, the role of sovereign regulatory responses and that of Fund policy advice. 

our work 

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) was established in 2001 to conduct independent and objective evaluations of Fund policies and activities. Under its Terms of Reference, it is fully independent from the Management of the IMF and operates at arm's length from the Board of Executive Directors.

our mandate

The IEO's mission is to:

Enhance the learning culture within the Fund, strengthen the Fund's external credibility, and support Institutional governance and oversight. 

about us

IEO Team

Charles Collyns
Vivek Arora
Deputy Director and Senior Budget Manager
Prakash Loungani
Assistant Director
Cyrus Rustomjee
Assistant Director and Senior Personnel Manager
Nicoletta Batini
Lead Evaluator
Miguel de Las Casas
Lead Evaluator and Alternate Senior Personnel Manager
Yasemin Bal Gündüz
Senior Economist
Anthony De Lannoy
Senior Economist
Jeremie Cohen-Setton
Natalia Kryg
Joshua Wojnilower
Economist and Budget Officer
Jiakun Li
Research Officer
Sriram Balasubramanian
Senior Research Officer
Lukasz Jannils
Research Officer and Budget Officer
Elena Pinillos
Projects Officer
Arun Bhatnagar
Senior Admin Assistant
Andrea Nicole Tumbaco
Staff Assistant

be a part

The IEO is based at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, USA. In addition to the regular staff positions at the IEO (recruited from the outside and seconded from the IMF staff) there are a variety of options to work for the IEO as a consultant. Long-term consultants are hired for the duration of an entire project or more. Short-term consultants cover particular aspects of a project. Some of the short-term consultants stay based in their home country while working for the IEO.