High level opening CD Talk on “Building a Strong Post-Pandemic Recovery”


Location: HQ1-BL-517 (AV CORE)

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This opening capacity development talk will highlight the criticality of strengthening economic institutions to ensure a durable and lasting recovery – and building forward a more sustainable, inclusive economy. The talk will also discuss the current trends, priorities, partnerships, and challenges for economic institutions and development partners in technical assistance and training. This event will open the stage for thematic CD Talks.


Opening Remarks



Antoinette M. Sayeh

Deputy Managing Director, IMF


Prior to becoming Deputy Managing Director of the IMF in 2020, Antoinette Monsio Sayeh has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) since November 2016 and was Co-Chair for the recently concluded 19th Replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA19), the World Bank’s Fund for the poorest. She previously oversaw and significantly enhanced the International Monetary Fund’s engagement with its sub-Saharan African members as Director of the African Department between July 2008 and August 2016.

As Minister of Finance in post-conflict Liberia (January 2006 through June 2008), she led the country through the clearance of its long-standing multilateral debt arrears, the HIPC Decision Point, the Paris Club, and its first Poverty Reduction Strategy, significantly strengthening its public finances and championing public financial management reform. Before joining President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, Ms. Sayeh worked for the World Bank for 17 years, including as Country Director for Benin, Niger, and Togo; Senior Country Economist for Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as an Advisor in the Bank’s Operations Policy Vice Presidency and as Assistant to its principal Managing Director. Before joining the Bank, Ms. Sayeh worked in economic advisory positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning.


Sharmini Coorey

Director, IMF Institute for Capacity Development



Sharmini Coorey, a national of Sri Lanka, has been the Director of the Institute for Capacity Development since 2012. Before heading the Institute, Ms. Coorey was Deputy Director in the IMF’s African Department where she oversaw the Fund’s work in a number of countries including South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and the CEMAC region. Ms. Coorey has also worked in the IMF’s European Department, Asian Department, Western Hemisphere Department and the Policy Development and Review Department.


Vitor Gaspar

Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department


Vitor Gaspar, a Portuguese national, has been Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund since 2014. Prior to joining the IMF, he was a Special Adviser at Banco de Portugal. He served as Minister of State and Finance of Portugal during 2011–13. He also held a number of positions in European institutions. Notably, he was director general of research at the European Central Bank from 1998–2004.

Mr. Gaspar holds a Ph.D. and a post-doctoral agregado in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa; he graduated from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Marjeta Jager

Deputy Director-General for the Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission




Marjeta JAGER is currently Deputy Director-General for the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) at the European Commission. Ms JAGER has been working in the European Commission since 2005, starting as Director for Security in DG Energy and Transport and later being Director for international energy and transport files and coordination, as well as being Head of Cabinet of the Transport Commissioner. Before joining the Commission Ms JAGER was more than a decade working on the accession of Slovenia to the EU for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she was the first Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I) of Slovenia to the EU.

Catherine Pattillo

Deputy Director, IMF African Department


Catherine Pattillo is Deputy Director of the African Department of the IMF, where she oversees the work of a number of country teams, capacity development among other roles. Prior to that, she served in the Fiscal Affairs Department where she was chief of division responsible for the IMF’s Fiscal Monitor. Since joining the Fund from a position at Oxford University, she has worked in the Research Department and on countries in Africa and the Caribbean, and the Strategy, Policy and Review Department where she worked on low-income country issues, and emerging issues such as gender, inequality, and climate change. She has published widely in these areas. She received her Ph.D in Economics from Yale University.

Takuji Tanaka

Executive Director for the IMF for Japan



Takuji Tanaka is the Executive Director of the IMF for Japan. Prior to that, he held several senior positions at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, including Director General of Kanto (Central area including Tokyo) Local Finance Bureau, Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs, Deputy Director General of International Bureau and the secretary to the Finance Minister. He was a Co-COO of the Innovation Network of Japan, the public-private VC/PE.