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Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development. He joined the Center in January 2017, capping a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the IMF, World Bank, and DFID.
Ahmed joined CGD from the IMF, where he served for eight years as director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, earning praise from Managing Director Christine Lagarde as a “visionary leader.” In that role, he oversaw the Fund's operations in 32 countries, and managed relationships with key national and regional policy makers and stakeholders. In previous years, he also served as the IMF's director of External Relations, and deputy director of the Policy Development and Review Department.
From 2003-2006, Ahmed served as director general, Policy and International at the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID). In that role, he was responsible for advising UK ministers on development issues and overseeing the UK's relationship with international development institutions such as the World Bank.
Ahmed also worked at the World Bank from 1979-2000 in various managerial and economist positions, rising to become Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. In that role he led the HIPC (heavily indebted poor countries) debt relief initiative, which has to- date brought relief from debt burdens to 36 of the world's poorest nations.
Born and raised in Pakistan, Ahmed moved to London in 1971 to study at the LSE where he obtained a BSc Honors as well as an MSc Econ with distinction. He is a UK national.
Ahmed is a leading expert on Middle East economics, having served on the Advisory Board of the LSE Middle East Center, as well as on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa.
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WASHINGTON – On behalf of the staff of the Center for Global Development (CGD), President Masood Ahmed released the following statement Thursday:
“As a Washington, DC-based think tank, focused internationally to fulfill our global development mission, the incidents of the past weeks have compelled us to look locally. And we are saddened and angered by the individual injustices and institutionalized discrimination that we have seen, from the taking of George Floyd's, Breonna Taylor's, and other Black lives to violent reactions against peaceful protesters. We join our local community and communities across the country—as well as all over the world—in calling for justice, working to end institutionalized racism and violence, and affirming that Black lives matter.
“Our mission at CGD is to conduct research and craft policy proposals to combat global poverty and promote global prosperity. Central to human development and prosperity is good governance grounded in fundamental human rights: civil, political, and judicial systems that advance equal rights, safety, and openness for everyone, especially the historically marginalized and victimized. It takes a concerted effort of conscientious people working together to undo the structural wrongs of the past and build a better future. This is just as true in low-income countries as it is in wealthy countries like the US.
“We are also looking internally at our staff and culture, at the areas where we haven’t done enough to advance and promote diversity. We are committed to doing better.”
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