What's New
May 13, 2021
Tomorrow, May 13th at 1:00 PM EST, the IEO Seminar Series will host Joseph Joyce (Wellesley College), Zheng Liu (SF FRB), as well as Asmaa El-Ganainy (ICD) and Zsoka Koczan (EBRD) on "Capital Flows and Inequality: Do Benefits Flow More to the Top?" This webinar will feature recent analysis of the distributional effects of capital flows. When it's time, join the Webex meeting here: Join Meeting.
April 8, 2021
The IEO published its Spring 2021 Dialogue Newsletter.
March 30, 2021
The IEO Seminar Series hosted Nadia Daar (Oxfam), Nabil Abdo (Oxfam), Stephanie Segal (CSIS), and Pietro Pizzuto (Univ. of Palermo) on "Access, Accountability, Austerity: Tracking Views of the IMF's COVID-19 Response." This webinar featured views from some of the external observers closely tracking the IMF's emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 16, 2021
The IEO Seminar Series hosted Umberto Collodel (PSE & IEO), Julia Estefania Flores (IMF), Siddharth Kothari (IMF), and Francesco Luna (IMF) on "Recent Evidence on the Quality of IMF Forecasts." This webinar featured two recent papers on the value of IMF forecasts and discussed this work in the context of the IEO's 2014 evaluation of IMF Forecasts: Process, Quality, and Country Perspectives.
February 23, 2021
The IEO Seminar Series hosted Jonathan D. Ostry (IMF), Anton Korinek (UVA), Mark Sobel (OMFIF), and Luc Everaert (IEO) on "Dealing With Volatile Capital Flows: What Toolkit Do Countries Need?" This webinar addressed the question of whether, almost a decade later, the IMF's Institutional View (IV) remains a state-of-the-art framework for guiding IMF advice to countries on how to deal with capital flow volatility.

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 staff comprises the Director and 18 other members, including 11 professionals. A majority of the IEO staff is recruited from outside the IMF. The IEO also engages consultants with particular expertise for specific evaluation projects.

IEO Team

Charles Collyns
Prakash Loungani
Assistant Director
Michael Kell
Advisor and Senior Budget Manager
Jun Kim
Advisor and Alternate Senior Budget Manager
Cyrus Rustomjee
Advisor and Senior Personnel Manager
Nicoletta Batini
Lead Evaluator
Louellen Stedman
Lead Evaluator and Alternate Senior Personnel Manager
Yasemin Bal Gündüz
Senior Economist
Miguel de Las Casas
Senior Economist
Jung Kim
Senior Economist
Alisa Abrams
Joshua Wojnilower
Economist and Budget Officer
Roxana Pedraglio
Senior Research Officer and Budget Officer
Sriram Balasubramanian
Senior Research Officer
Yishu Chen
Research Officer
Luigi Durand
Research Officer
Jiakun Li
Research Officer
Annette Canizares
Office Manager
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.