Imène Rahmouni-Rousseau

Director General of Market Operations, European Central Bank

Imène is the Director General of Market Operations at the ECB, in charge of implementing the single monetary policy for the euro area, together with the National Central Banks of the Eurosystem. Her responsibilities include lending operations and collateral, asset purchase programmes, and foreign exchange reserve management, as well as market monitoring and intelligence. Imène sits in the BIS Markets Committee and chairs the ECB Market Operations Committee and the Bond Market Contact Group. She was previously the Director of Markets at Banque de France, the French central bank, and worked for five years at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, where she led the vulnerability analysis team of the Financial Stability Board Secretariat.

She is the author of a number of articles on financial markets and monetary policy implementation, most recently on Eurosystem asset purchases and money market rates, and has also co-chaired a 2018 BIS Markets Committee report on monitoring of fast-paced markets. She also co-authored several articles over the years on financial innovation (CDOs, hedge funds, ETFs, shadow banking..). She holds a Master’s degree in economics and finance from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1997) and from Sciences-Po (1998).