FORMER LIBERIAN MINISTER OF FINANCE AND DIRECTOR OF THE AFRICAN DEPARTMENT AT THE IMF (JULY 2008-AUGUST 2016)
DR. ANTOINETTE MONSIO SAYEH is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. Previously, she oversaw and enhanced the International Monetary Fund’s engagement with its sub-Saharan African members as director of the African Department from July 2008 to August 2016.
As Minister of Finance in post-conflict Liberia, Sayeh led the country through the clearance of its long-standing multilateral debt arrears, the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Decision Point, the Paris Club, and its first Poverty Reduction Strategy, significantly strengthening its public finances and championing public financial management reform.
Before joining President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, she worked for the World Bank for 17 years, including as country director for Benin, Niger, and Togo; senior country economist on Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as an advisor in the Bank’s Operations Policy Vice Presidency and as assistant to its principal managing director. Sayeh also worked in economic advisory positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning.
She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in International Economic Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.