"Long-Term Growth Prospects in the Middle East and Central Asia" on March 22, 2016


"Long-Term Growth Prospects in the Middle East and Central Asia" on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion hosted by The Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
Dr. Uri Dadush, Senior Associate and Director of the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center
Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, Institute of International Finance
Moderated by Dr. John Lipsky, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute


12:00 - 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may complete the registration form for access to cover the event.

Media Contacts

Stacy A. Anderson
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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Randa Elnagar
International Monetary Fund

About the Speakers

Mitsuhiro Furusawa assumed office as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in March 2015. Furusawa joined the IMF after a career in the Japanese government, including several senior positions in the Ministry of Finance. Immediately before coming to the Fund, he served as Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Among his recent ministry postings, Furusawa served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs (2013-2014), Director-General of the Financial Bureau (2012-2013), and Senior Deputy Director-General of the International Bureau (2009-2010). Furusawa’s overseas postings for the Japanese government have included IMF Executive Director (2010-2012), Minister (Finance) at the Embassy of Japan in the United States (2007-2009), and Counselor (Finance) at the Embassy of Japan in France (1997-1999). A 1979 graduate of the University of Tokyo with an LL.B. degree, Furusawa also graduated in 1983 from the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

Masood Ahmed became Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department in November 2008. He obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics, where he also served on the economics faculty. He was born and raised in Pakistan. Ahmed has previously held senior positions in the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) where he served as Director General for Policy and International Development, and in the World Bank where he was Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. He was Director of the IMF’s External Relations Department before taking his current role.

Dr. Uri Dadush is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He focuses on trends in the global economy and is currently tracking developments in the eurozone crisis. Dadush is also a Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, Morocco. Dadush is interested in the impact of the rise of developing countries for financial flows, trade and migration, and the associated economic policy and governance questions. He is the co-author of four recent books and reports: Inequality in America: Facts, Trends and International Perspective (Brookings, 2012), Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets Are Reshaping Globalization (Carnegie, 2011), Currency Wars (Carnegie, 2011), and Paradigm Lost: The Euro in Crisis (Carnegie, 2010). He has published over a dozen Carnegie papers and policy briefs and numerous journal articles. Before joining Carnegie, Dadush’s experience was split between the public and private sector, where he led a number of business-turnaround situations. In the private sector, he was president and CEO of the Economist Intelligence Unit and Business International, part of the Economist Group (1986–1992); group vice president, international, for Data Resources, Inc. (1982–1986), now Global Insight; and a consultant with McKinsey and Company in Europe. In the public sector, he served as the World Bank’s director of international trade and director of economic policy. He also served concurrently as the director of the Bank’s world economy group, leading the preparation of the World Bank’s flagship reports on the international economy for over 11 years.

Hung Q. Tran is Executive Managing Director at the Institute of International Finance (IIF). Before assuming the responsibilities of assisting the CEO in the overall management of the IIF in December 2009, he was Counsellor and Senior Director of Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Policy. In this role he was responsible for the Institute’s emerging market policy work and global capital market analysis. Prior to the IIF, Tran served for six years at the IMF as Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where his responsibilities included the overall management of the Fund’s semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report. He also served from 1998-2001 in London as the Managing Director and Chief Economist/Global Head of Research for Rabobank International. He had spent the prior 12 years with Deutsche Bank with assignments in New York, Frankfurt and Singapore including serving as Director of Global Fixed Income Research from 1987-1990 and as Co- Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Research from 1991-1995. Earlier in his career, he worked in international fixed income research for Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers in New York.


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