Lawyer Ceda Ogada appointed IMF Secretary

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, has appointed Mr. Ceda Ogada as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department.

Mr. Ogada is poised to succeed Mr. Jianhai Lin, who retired at the end of August. Ceda Ogada will therefore begin his new role on September 1, 2020.

“Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as a strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment,” Ms. Georgieva stated.

Mr. Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014. During this time, he has worked on virtually all aspects of the Fund’s work, including advising on the governance of the Fund, on country operations, helping to develop Fund policies and implementation guidance, and providing technical assistance to member countries.

A statement from the IMF stated that key projects that he has worked on include the Fund’s enhanced policy to address governance and corruption issues; ensuring the adequacy of the Fund’s lending resources; reforms in lending policy such as the establishment of the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT); reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy; and transparency, archives and communications policies.

He was also heavily involved in the work on Euro area crisis countries during the global financial crisis. More recently, he has led the Legal Department’s work in promoting good governance and transparency in several countries, including with respect to the use of emergency financing for the COVID-19 crisis.

He has been with the IMF for over 21 years, with over six years spent as the Deputy General Counsel.

Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Ceda Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert and before that he was in private legal practice in the United States.

A citizen of Kenya, he holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

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