Fostering Data Transparency: The IMF Data Standards Initiatives


Location: Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660


This session discusses the importance of data transparency as a global public good and the capacity development work in which the IMF has been engaged with its members and partners. The objective of this work is to support members’ timely publication of data essential to policymaking, markets, and the public. Data transparency has become all the more critical in the face of heightened fiscal challenges. The presentation will focus on the IMF Data Standards Initiatives designed to provide a tailored framework for helping members strengthen data transparency practices.  




Antti Karhunen, Director for “Sustainable Finance, Investment and Jobs; Economy that works for the People” at the Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission

During his over 25 years of service in the Commission, Antti Karhunen has worked on many EU policy areas. Before his current assignment, Antti served in INTPA senior management as Principal Adviser, focusing on trade and the Green Deal. He was also, for several years, Head of Unit steering EU policy on the role of the private sector and trade in development, in which role he helped design investment-related work of the DG.


Bert Kroese, Director, IMF Statistics Department

Mr. Kroese is Chief Statistician, Data Officer, and Director of the Statistics Department at the IMF. Before joining the Fund, he worked for 25 years at Statistics Netherlands. He served in various expert, management, and (senior) director roles in the fields of methodology and economic statistics. From 2013 until 2022, he acted as Deputy Director-General and CIO with special focus on and responsibility for IT and Innovation. In 2014 and 2020 (at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic), he was acting Director-General for a short stint.


Lusine Lusinyan, Deputy Division Chief, Statistics Department, IMF

Lusine Lusinyan is a Deputy Division Chief in the Strategy, Standards, and Review Division of IMF’s Statistics Department. She previously worked in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department and was a mission chief and desk economist in several country teams in the Western Hemisphere Department, including Curaçao and Sint Maarten, Argentina, and Canada. Prior to this, she was in the European Department, working on the Italy desk, and Fiscal Affairs Department. Her research has focused on structural reforms, productivity, energy issues, fiscal decentralization, and international monetary system. She holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute.


Dorian M. Noel, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; Governor of the Board of Governors of the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Noel is a former Commonwealth Scholar to the ICMA Centre (The Business School for Financial Markets) at Henley Business School, University of Reading, where he obtained his PhD in Finance. He is also a former Commonwealth Academic Fellow to the Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Noel holds a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) professional designation from the CAIA Association. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago (IBF), Dr. Noel was conferred with the title of Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.