Ceyla Pazarbasioglu is Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR) of the IMF. In this capacity, she leads the work on the IMF’s strategic direction and the design, implementation, and evaluation of Fund policies. She also oversees the IMF’s interactions with international bodies, such as the G20 and United Nations.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Pazarbasioglu served at the World Bank Group (WBG) including as the Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions overseeing a portfolio of nearly $30 billion of operational and policy work and advisory engagements.
Ms. Pazarbasioglu also worked on policy and country issues during two previous tenures at the IMF including as Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, in charge of the work on financial sector regulation and supervision and crisis management.
Ms. Pazarbasioglu, joined the Government of Turkey crisis management team in 2001 to focus on reforming the pension system, establishing the inflation targeting regime, and implementing the “voluntary” debt swap and subsequently served as the Vice President of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey. Prior to this, Ms. Pazarbasioglu was Chief Economist of Emerging European Markets at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London.
She holds a doctorate in economics and finance from Georgetown University and studied at Princeton University (visiting scholar). She has published on financial crises; banking and corporate sector restructuring; regulatory reforms; macro-financial analysis; and debt management.