In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Meg Lundsager and Shihoko Goto on the International Monetary Fund’s new leadership under Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. We also focus on the tenure of former Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the changing role of the IMF in a shifting global order, and that institution’s biggest worries headed into 2020.

Guests

Meg Lundsager currently consults on international economic, financial, and regulatory issues.  While United States’ Executive Director on the International Monetary Fund Executive Board (2007-2014), she focused on achieving effective IMF input into lending programs in Europe, securing adequate IMF resources, supporting low income countries, and strengthening IMF oversight of exchange rate policies.  She negotiated increased emerging market representation at the IMF and promoted enhanced ethical standards and internal oversight functions. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment at the US Treasury Department (1996-2000), she negotiated multilateral financial services agreements and aspects of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.   She also analyzed portfolio allocation decisions of institutional investors as an Atlantic Fellow in London.  She has a Masters in International Economics from the University of Maryland and a BA from American University.

Shihoko Goto is the Deputy Director for Geoeconomics and the Senior Northeast Asia Associate at the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. She is a leading expert on economics and politics in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as U.S. policy in the region. A seasoned journalist and analyst, she spent ten years reporting from Tokyo and Washington for Dow Jones and UPI on the global economy, international trade, and Asian markets and politics. A contributing editor to The Globalist, Goto previously worked for the World Bank and has been awarded fellowships from the East-West Center and the Knight Foundation, among others.

Moderator

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.