Sweta C. Saxena is currently on leave from the IMF to serve as the Chief in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. She has led ESCAP's 2019 Flagship report, titled "Ambitions beyond growth" and 2020 Flagship, titled "Towards sustainable economies." At the IMF, she has worked on multilateral surveillance for the G20 countries in the Research Department and on fragile countries in the African Department.
Her research has focused on policy-relevant macro-financial issues, namely, crises and recoveries, contagion, and exchange rates. Sweta has published extensively, including in the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics.
Prior to joining the IMF, she worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Sweta obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Washington and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.