Adnan Mazarei Joining Peterson Institute for International Economics

Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is pleased to announce that Adnan Mazarei, deputy director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will be joining the Institute as a nonresident senior fellow in January 2019.

Mazarei was appointed deputy director of the MCD department at the IMF in December 2011 where he oversees the department’s strategy and policy initiatives for the region. Most notably, he managed the IMF’s strategy and global coordination of the support for the Arab Spring countries and for the economic policy response to the recent refugee crisis in the Middle East.

“Adnan’s done great work at the IMF on a wide range of issues including his leadership in managing the Fund’s engagement strategy with Middle Eastern countries during the Arab Spring and other reform efforts,” says Adam S. Posen, PIIE president. “At Peterson, he will continue to work and advise on issues related to the major economies of the Middle East and Central Asia, and the long-term financial and macroeconomic challenges they face. His wide-ranging practical expertise will strengthen the Institute’s coverage of this important region, and our efforts in the area of economic transition and reform more broadly.”

Earlier in his career, Mazarei served in the Strategy Policy and Review Department at the IMF where he focused on resolving financial crises in emerging markets. In 2006, Mazarei was instrumental in resolving the Russian financial crisis, through a debt restructuring program that included a rescheduling of a large Paris Club debt. He also contributed to the IMF’s policy work on the international financial architecture and sovereign debt issues. Additionally, he helped write the Santiago Principles that established best practices and guidelines for managing sovereign wealth funds.

Mazarei earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of a book on sovereign wealth funds, and has published research on exchange rates and on the economies of Iran and Lebanon.


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