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Curriculum Vitae Ali Michael Mansoor


Wide-ranging technical and managerial experience at the World Bank, the IMF, the Independent Evaluation Office (of the IMF), EU the COMESA Clearing House and the Mauritius Ministry of Finance has involved versatility, creative thinking, setting up and managing multi-cultural teams, rapid evaluation and provision of guidance on a variety of economic topics and an ability to quickly get up to speed on new assignments. Policy analysis and dialogue with macro-economic perspective on economic management issues including trade, regional integration, public finance, fiscal decentralization, migration, financial sector issues and poverty. Practical micro-level experience managing and restructuring an African regional financial organization. Wrote seminal papers on Privatisation at the IMF and at the World Bank on Migration in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union; and Outward Oriented Regional Integration. Pioneered the Cross Border Initiative at the European Commission and managed the restructuring of the COMESA Clearing House to offer new financial services to mitigate risks in trade finance. Wide range of economic work at the IMF, World Bank and EC focused on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, 19 African countries and Indonesia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, the Philippines, Cyprus and Malta. Mauritius Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Port Louis, Mauritius. Financial Secretary Designate responsible for running the Ministry and formulating and implementing reforms envisaged by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development. Office of the Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank Washington DC, USA. Lead Economist with a geographical focus on Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Moldova and sector attention to public finance, banking and finance, trade, and private sector. Clearance of Country Strategies, Adjustment Operations, and Regional Studies with mentoring and guidance to operational teams. Leading Study on Migration in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union and developing a pilot with the UK and the International Organization for Migration to promote circular migration. Resource person on knowledge economy and productivity issues. Office of Iraq Assessment, Washington DC, USA. Advised US Government on decentralization options for Iraq drawing on Indonesian experience and my work on Decentralization and Governance. Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA. Evaluating the role of the IMF in (i) the capital account crises in Brazil, Indonesia and Korea with emphasis on Indonesia and some work on Brazil; and (ii) fiscal adjustment in developing countries with emphasis on the Philippines and managing desk review of 15 country cases. Responsible for budget reporting for Director. International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA. Senior Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department. Responsible for public finance issues on Russia and Indonesia teams and led public expenditure management TA missions. Also contributed to IMF work on issues related to social expenditure, poverty alleviation including a Board paper on tracking HIPC expenditure, a Subsidy

Experience 2006-now










Manual for IMF Staff and Papers on Fiscal Decentralization. Lectured at IMF Institute on public spending. COMESA Clearing House, Harare, Zimbabwe. As Executive Secretary managed the Clearing House on behalf of the Committee of Central Bank Governors while initiating restructuring to introduce new financial services. Lobbied for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and promoted COMESA and the new Clearing House services. World Bank, Washington DC, USA. Country Economist for Madagascar responsible for dialogue on economic reforms, public expenditure reviews, co-ordinating the World Bank Country Team, relations with the IMF and donors, ensuring high quality economic analysis in project proposals and general support to the Country Director. Put in place first Structural Adjustment Credit since restoration of Democracy and prepared a Country Economic Memorandum. European Commission, Structural Adjustment and Regional Integration Unit of the Development Directorate, Brussels, Belgium under World Bank exchange arrangement. Responsible for (i) developing the Cross Border Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa, (ii) the dialogue on economic liberalisation in UEMOA (West African Monetary Union), (iii) assisting the Indian Ocean Commission PRIDE project for private sector development; (iv) structural adjustment in Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles and Zambia. Lectured on role of International Financial Institutions at Universit Libre de Bruxelles and Aix en Provence. World Bank, Washington DC, USA. As Public Finance Economist and Trade Economist, responsible for developing a strategy for Outward Oriented Regional Integration and the path breaking work which led to the Cross Border Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa. Worked on Public Finance and Trade issues in Angola, DRC, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria and Azerbaijan (for membership mission). International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA. Joined under the Economist Programme and served as an Economist in the European and Fiscal Affairs Department working on public expenditure, budget management and privatisation. Worked on Cyprus, Cote d Ivoire, Guinea, Italy, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia. Co-authored seminal paper on Privatisation, provided TA on Budget management and occasionally lectured at the IMF institute. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA: PhD in Public Policy Candidate (thesis not completed) and Masters in Public Policy. 1976-1980 London School of Economics, UK: MSc (Mathematical Economics and Econometrics) and BSc (Mathematical Economics and Econometrics). Mauritian, Born 23 Feb 1957, Married, Three Children (22, 20 & 14)

Education 1980-1982 1980-1983


Papers & Publications Securing Gains from Migration in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, (2005), World Bank, Washington DC, USA Lessons from Indonesia for Iraqi Decentralization, Presentation to the Office of Iraq Assessment, (2005), Washington DC, USA Evaluation of Fiscal Adjustment in IMF-Supported Programs, Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund, (2003) (co-author), Washington DC, USA IMF and Recent Capital Account Crises: Indonesia, Korea, Brazil, Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund, (2003) (author of Indonesia portion) , Washington DC, USA Macroeconomic Management and the Devolution of Fiscal Powers, IMF Working Paper, (2002) (co-author with Paulo Drummond) , Washington DC, USA Indonesia: Decentralization Opportunities and Risks, IMF Working Paper published in Ahmad, E and V. Tanzi (eds.), Managing Fiscal Decentralization, Routledge, 2002 Indonesia: Managing the Transition to A Decentralized Fiscal System, IMF Technical Assistance Report, July 2000 Manual On Best Practices In Price-Subsidy Reform, IMF, June 2000

The Implications of the COMESA Free Trade Area and the Need for New Financial Services to Modernise the Trade Finance and Payments Systems, Paper presented to the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference, June 1999 Madagascar: An Agenda for Growth and Poverty Reduction, Ali Mansoor and Juan Zalduendo, World Bank, 1999 Paper for COMESA Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors on Setting Up of an Agency to Offer the Africa Guarantee Facility, November 1998 Proposals on the Future Role of the Clearing House to Handle Risk More Effectively, Paper presented to COMESA Central Bank Governors, November 1997 The Cross Border Initiative, Ali Mansoor, Development Policy Management Network Bulletin, Volume II, Number 1, April 1994 Budgetary Impact of Privatisation, Ali Mansoor, printed in How to Measure the Fiscal Deficit, edited by Mario I. Blejer and Adrienne Cheasty, IMF, 1993 Experiences of Economic Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons for a Fresh Start, Africa Development Perspectives Yearbook, 1990/91, Industrialisation based on Agricultural Development, University of Bremen Research Group on African Development Perspectives, 1992 Intra-regional Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank, 1989 Fiscal Implications of Privatisation, Ali Mansoor, IMF FAD Working Paper, 1988 Privatisation and Public Enterprises, Richard Hemming and Ali Mansoor, IMF Occasional Paper 56, January 1988