Deputy Director, European Department, International Monetary Fund
Uma is currently Deputy Director in the European Department at the IMF, and oversees the work on a portfolio of countries in the region including Ukraine. She was previously in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, and led the work on the design and operationalization of the IMF’s new Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST). She also oversaw the work on the IMF’s non-concessional (GRA) lending policy and led the work on several complex IMF programs in the Western Hemisphere and the Middle East. She has wide experience in country crises including during the Asin crisis, the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring, and most recently the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine. In addition to the RST, Uma has helped shape the IMF’s lending toolkit as a key architect of the IMF’s Flexible Credit Line and Precautionary and Liquidity Line. Some of her key analytical contributions include her work on the IMF’s role in crisis prevention, co-authoring Advancing Financial Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, policy paper on Building Resilience in Developing Countries Vulnerable to Natural Disasters and co-editorship of a book on Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean. She holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
Ukraine's post-war economic outlook: long-term growth, stability and reconstruction
Can international support and economic reforms secure Ukraine's post-war stability?