IMF Inspired: Rising Up for the People, Rising Up for the Planet


Location: Meeting Halls A&B, HQ1-3-430A&B



IMF Inspired: Rising Up for the People, Rising Up for the Planet

A Conversation with Vanessa Nakate

Join Vanessa Nakate, Climate Justice Activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Sabina Bhatia, Deputy Secretary of the IMF, for a conversation on the catastrophic effects of climate change, ways to tackle the climate emergency, and the need to put climate justice at the heart of the conversation. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, will give opening remarks.

Location: HQ1, Meeting Halls A&B. 

A light lunch will be served following the session.

Opening Remarks

Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director, IMF

Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and also served as Interim President for a time. Previously, she served at the European Commission as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources – and as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She was named “European of the Year” and “Commissioner of the Year” by European Voice for her leadership in the European Union’s humanitarian response to crises.


Vanessa Nakate

Climate Justice Activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Vanessa Nakate, 25, is a climate justice activist from Uganda and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement and the Green Schools Project. She began striking for the climate in her home town of Kampala in January 2019, after witnessing droughts and flooding devastating communities in Uganda. She now campaigns internationally to highlight the impacts of climate change already playing out in Africa, as well as promoting key climate solutions such as educating girls. In 2020, Vanessa was named a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as being listed one of the BBC's 100 Women of the year and the 100 most influential young Africans.

Sabina Bhatia

Deputy Secretary of the IMF

Sabina Bhatia is Deputy Secretary of the IMF. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director in the Communications Department. Sabina has a B.A. from Calcutta University and an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.