Sweta Saxena is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Research Department, where she works on multilateral surveillance issues. Before that, she worked on fragile countries like Sierra Leone and South Sudan in the African Department. Prior to joining the IMF, she worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Washington and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Sweta’s research has focused on policy-relevant macro-financial issues, namely, crises and recoveries, contagion, and exchange rates. Ms. Saxena has published extensively, including in the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics.
As a practicing Buddhist, Sweta also spends her evenings and weekends reading about behavioral science to understand why people behave the way they do. She writes her personal blog called Buddhist Economics that has more recently started to question the basic assumptions in economics. She is a very active participant at the IMF’s Toastmasters Club. Sweta is going on leave from the Fund at the end of April to work at the United Nations in Bangkok!
Tony Annett is currently Assistant to the Director, Communications Department, International Monetary Fund. From 2009-14, he held the position of Speechwriter to the Managing Director. He has recently returned to the Fund after three years of Leave Without Pay, working with Jeffrey Sachs at Columbia University on the intersection of ethics, economics, and sustainable development. In that capacity, he remains involved in the Ethics in Action initiative—a project that meets at the Vatican and brings together religious leaders, academics, business and labor leaders, development practitioners, and activists to develop and promote ethically-grounded practical solutions to sustainable development challenges. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and a B.A. (first class degree and gold medal) and an M.Litt. from Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a doctorate in humane letters, honoris causa, in 2017 by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, and was inducted into its College of Fellows. He is on the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is also Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.