What's New
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.
February 11, 2021
The IEO has posted its 2021 Work Program. The Work Program introduces a new evaluation of the IMF’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, outlines the evaluation pipeline, and discusses an upcoming conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the IEO in 2001.
February 9, 2021
The IEO Seminar Series hosted Liviu Voinea (IMF) on "Will Inflation Return from the Dead?" After Voinea's novel explanation for why inflation in advanced economies has remained low for so long, Joe Gagnon (PIIE) and Marianna Riggi (Bank of Italy) offered their own perspectives on the Phillips curve and the prospects for inflation in advanced economies. Ayhan Kose then described the drivers of inflation in emerging market and developing economies and whether their good inflation performance can be expected to persist.
January 28, 2021
The IEO Seminar Series hosted Jeff Sachs (Columbia) on "A Renewed Commitment: SDGs in a Post-COVID World." Before Sachs' keynote remarks, Mark Plant (CGD) focused on the IMF's role in meeting SDG13 (climate action) and related environmental goals.
January 20, 2021
The IEO has posted a menu of Possible Topics for Future IEO Evaluations. Comments are welcome and can be sent to ieo@imf.org.

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
Jiakun Li
Research Officer
Annette Canizares
Office Manager
Arun Bhatnagar
Senior Admin Assistant
Andrea Nicole Tumbaco
Staff Assistant

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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.