The Way Forward: Building Resilience and Reshaping Development


Location: IMF Connect



A conversation between IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank Group President David Malpass.

World Bank Group President David Malpass and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will kick off the Spring Meetings with a discussion on the complex challenges facing the global economy.

Three years since the pandemic started, uncertainties and risks still weigh heavily on the global economy. Stubborn inflation, the cost-of-living crisis, and slower growth effects all of us, but especially hurts the poor and most vulnerable. Record high debt is holding back developing countries, and the effects of climate change are threatening lives and livelihoods around the world. On top of all this, Russia’s war in Ukraine and geopolitical fragmentation makes international coordination even more challenging. This conversation will explore how to better finance global public goods and address these challenges together.

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Noreyana Fernando

Noreyana Fernando is External Affairs Officer for development finance in the World Bank’s the ECR Multilateral and International Affairs team. She was previously with the World Bank Human Development communications team, where she supported communications for the Human Capital Project, HD Vice President and cross-cutting projects. She was the Partnerships Lead for the 2019 World Bank Youth Summit. Before joining the Bank, she was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. A Sri Lankan national, Noreyana holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has worked as a TV/radio reporter in Colombo.



Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, IMF

Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and also served as Interim President for a time. Previously, she served at the European Commission as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources – and as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She was named “European of the Year” and “Commissioner of the Year” by European Voice for her leadership in the European Union’s humanitarian response to crises.

David Malpass
President of the World Bank Group

David Malpass currently serves as President of the World Bank Group. Mr. Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Mr. Malpass was an international economist and founder of a macroeconomics research firm based in New York City. He served as chief economist of Bear Stearns. Previously, Mr. Malpass served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Developing Nations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Economic Affairs. Mr. Malpass earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his MBA from the University of Denver. He was a CPA and undertook advanced graduate work in international economics at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.