SECRETARY OF FUND

Kenyan lands IMF top job

He is expected to begin his work on September 1.

In Summary

• Prior to joining the Fund, Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert.

• Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014. 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, April 18, 2013. Photo/
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, April 18, 2013. Photo/
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The International Monetary Fund has listed Kenyan Ceda Ogada as secretary of the fund. 

Ogada succeeds Jianhai Lin whose retirement was announced previously. He is expected to begin his work on September 1. 

MD Kristalina Georgieva said, "Ogada has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft. He has people leadership."

She added, "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." 

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.

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). 

He has also worked on reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy; and transparency, archives and communications policies.

Ogada was 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 the use of emergency financing for the Covid-19 crisis.

Prior to joining the Fund, Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert.

Before that, he was in private legal practice in the United States. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. 

Edited by R.Wamochie