ECONOMYNEXT – Sharmini Coorey, a Sri Lanka national who joined the International Monetary Fund in 1986, as director of its Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), which she helped set up.
“Sharmini is one of the great leaders in the Fund,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a statement.
“She has made incredible contributions throughout a stellar Fund career, which began in 1986.
“She was instrumental in establishing ICD, the Fund’s new department for capacity building.
“Her leadership was key in providing strategic direction for the governance, management, and funding of the IMF’s capacity building activities, making it an ever more potent instrument in the service of our membership.
“The restructuring of ICD’s own capacity development delivery has also helped to strengthen macroeconomic frameworks for forecasting and policy analysis, both inside and outside the Fund.”
She will retired from the Fund in October.
Coorey had worked in the European, Asia and Pacific, Western Hemisphere, and Policy Development and Review departments, including surveillance work on the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, and Canada.
She had done program work on Korea, Estonia, and Mexico.
She also served on the Editorial Committee of IMF Staff Papers and was a visiting researcher at George Washington University’s Elliot School for International Affairs.
Immediately before leading ICD, she was Deputy Director in the African Department (AFR) where she oversaw the Fund’s work in a number of countries including South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and the CEMAC region. (Colombo/Sept14/2021)