Masood AhmedMasood Ahmed

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.

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