Abebe Aemro SELASSIE
Director African Department, International Monetary Fund
Abebe Aemro Selassie is an economist and international civil servant. He is currently Director of the African Department of the International Monetary Fund where he oversees the Fund’s work in 45 sub-Saharan countries—a position he has held since 2016. Under his leadership, the IMF’s engagement with the region has been invigorated, including through financial support of some $50 billion to support countries’ post pandemic recovery efforts and foster greener more inclusive growth. Working alongside the region’s leaders, Mr. Selassie strives to support African countries realize their unparalleled potential. Mr. Selassie began his career in the Economist Intelligence Unit in London before returning to his native Ethiopia to take up the position of Principal Economist in the Office of the President in 1992. Since joining the IMF in 1994 he has held various senior positions overseeing lending programs, including for Portugal during the Eurozone crisis, and designing economic policy. Mr. Selassie also serves as an advisor to the Global Commission for the Economics of Water.