Masood Ahmed, world expert on poverty reduction, is one of the two senior most Muslim civil servants (the other being Anwar Choudhury) holding the position of Director General, Policy & International, since 2003 at the Department for International Development (DFID). He was head-hunted from the IMF, where he served as Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Dept, 2000-03. At the Fund, Masood Ahmed was closely involved on issues relating to low-income countries, including coordinating the implementation of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) and the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) approach.
His distinguished career includes twenty years at the World Bank, which he joined as Senior Economist in 1979. Between 1987-91 he was the Bank’s Division Chief for North Africa, and then promoted to head up the International Finance Division and subsequently Head, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Network. In 1998 he was an Acting Vice President of World Bank, responsible for Private Sector Development and Infrastructure. In December 2003 he was one of the experts called to give evidence to the House of Commons International Development Committee.
Mr Ahmed’s Blogs
- Financial Support for Arab Countries in Transition
- Arab Countries in Transition Under the Spotlight
- Meeting the Employment Challenge in the GCC
- Bringing the Informal Sector into the Fold
- What to Do About Unemployment in the Caucasus and Central Asia
- Mideast Braces Itself for a Multi-Year Transition
- What the Arab Spring Has Taught Us
- Inflation in the Middle East—Looking at the Right Numbers
- The MENA Jobs and Growth Challenge: How Can Finance Help?
- Subsidies—Love Them or Hate Them, It’s Better to Target Them
- Unleashing Growth Potential in the Middle East
- Is There a Silver Lining to Sluggish Credit Growth in the Gulf Countries?
- More than 18 Million Jobs Needed!
- Raising Competitiveness: Recipe for Tapping into the Middle East’s Growth Potential
- Reviving Credit Growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia: What Can Policymakers Do?
- Downturn After Boom: Slow Credit Growth in Middle East, North Africa
- IMF Youth Dialog: Addressing Mideast Unemployment
- Unlocking Central Asia’s Huge Potential
- Did Islamic Banks in the Gulf Do Better Than Conventional Ones in the Crisis?
- Mideast Oil Exporters Face the Crisis Head On