Liberia’s economist – Dr Antionette Sayeh appointed deputy IMF boss


New IMF Deputy Managing Director - Dr Antoinette Sayeh. Courtesy photo.

Monrovia – LiberiaAntoinette Monsio Sayeh, born 12 July 1958 in Monrovia, Liberia is a Liberian economist. She served as the Director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from July 14, 2008 to August 31, 2016.

She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Prior to her term at the IMF, she served from January 2006 as Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the second woman in Liberia’s history to hold that position, the first being Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Her appointment has attracted delight from Liberia’s President, His Excellency George Weah. Mr Weah – who took power for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had this to say:

“I wish to congratulate Liberian economist, Dr. Antoinette Sayeh on her new role as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is a proud moment for all of Liberia and a welcoming development for the continent of Africa – as she’ll be the first Deputy Managing Director of the IMF from Africa in 21 years.”

“I have no doubt in Dr. Sayeh’s ability to diligently espouse the vision of the IMF and its aims to reducing global poverty, encouraging international trade, and promoting financial stability and economic growth in developing Countries.”

“I’m certain that her selection will help enhance the fundamental mission of the IMF across the globe in ensuring the stability of the international monetary system. Once again, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, I wish to congratulate you, Dr. Sayeh; on your new role and Godspeed as you embark on this new career journey.”

More about Dr Sayeh

Sayeh is a graduate of Swarthmore College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she received her MA and Ph.D in International Economic Relations. Sayeh has also worked for the World Bank as country director for Benin, Niger, and Togo and worked on public finance management and civil service reform in Pakistan.

According to the BBC, Sayeh has “delighted international financial institutions” as Minister of Finance.

From 2007, Sayeh was a member of the World Bank Group’s High Level Advisory Council on Women’s Economic Empowerment, which was chaired by Danny Leipziger and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul


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