Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development, a non-profit think tank that aims to reduce global poverty and inequality. For the last eight years, he was the Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Middle East and Central Asia Department, overseeing the IMF’s analytical and operational engagement with over 30 countries in the region. Previously, he managed the IMF’s External Relations and Media operations, and was a Deputy Director of the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department.
Before joining the IMF, Masood worked for 21 years in the World Bank on both country and policy issues. As Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, he led the development of the HIPC debt relief program for poor countries as well as the PRSP approach for better aligning international assistance to these countries around their own poverty reduction goals and strategies.
At the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFIF), in the role of senior civil servant, Masood was responsible for managing the UK’s multilateral assistance budget as well as for the formulation of policy positions on current development issues.
Masood is an economist by training, with Undergraduate and Masters Degree from the London School of Economics. He was born in Pakistan, is a UK citizen and lives in Washington, DC.