International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will be on the ground in Washington, DC for the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from April 8–14. 

We asked our experts to share their thoughts on the issues for this year's Spring Meetings:

  • “Finance ministers agreed that global growth is slowing and downside risks are growing, but almost totally ignored trade tensions and calls for enhanced multilateral cooperation. The communiqué does little to reassure public that necessary actions will be taken — Thomas Bernes, CIGI distinguished fellow and a former executive director of the IMF for Canada
  • “These meetings I’ll be watching for continued commitments to gendered analysis of the global economy. Without the full economic, social and political empowerment of women, we will fail to achieve the full potential of macroeconomic prosperity. That is in the interest of all countries.” — Dr. Bessma Momani, CIGI senior fellow and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo.
  • “The 75th anniversary of the 1944 Bretton Woods conference is an opportunity for reflection about why the conference succeeded, how the system that it created has evolved, and what reforms will be needed to ensure a continuing successful evolution in the coming decades. While doing so, we should be aware that Bretton Woods took place at a unique moment in history, in circumstances that do not exist today. What is needed now is further evolution, not a wholesale attempt at replacement.” — James Boughton, CIGI senior fellow and former IMF historian.
  • "Challenges posed by technological advancements in AI, robotics, telecommunications (e.g., 5G) and elsewhere require international cooperation to find common governance solutions so that economic flows can continue crossing borders at relatively low costs while protecting against the undue harm that such flows can cause in certain instances. The last thing that we need is economies decoupling from each other.” — Patrick Leblond, CIGI senior fellow

Watch for the latest commentary and analysis from our CIGI experts and contributors. Featured experts include:

Bob Fay, director of CIGI’s Global Economy Program and former senior director at the Bank of Canada. Expert in monetary policy and international economics.

Susan Ariel Aaronson, senior fellow at CIGI  and professor at George Washington University. Expert on international trade, cross-border data flows and data governance in trade.

Thomas A. Bernes, distinguished fellow at CIGI and a former executive director of the IMF for Canada and several Caribbean countries. Expert on the IMF, international trade, financial institutions and the Group of Twenty. 

James Boughton, senior fellow at CIGI and former historian of the IMF and assistant director in the strategy, policy and review department at the IMF. Expert on the IMF, international monetary systems and finance and development.

Fen Hampson, Director of the Global Security & Politics program at CIGI and co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Expertise: Canadian Foreign Policy, International and Regional Security, Migration Crisis 

Dr. Bessma Momani, senior fellow at CIGI and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Co-author of What's Wrong with the IMF and How to Fix It. Expertise: the IMF, shifts in global economic power, and oil politics.

To schedule interviews with the fellows, or for more information, contact:

Jacob Macpherson

Communications Co-ordinator

[email protected]

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Bessma Momani

CIGI Senior Fellow

Bessma Momani is a senior fellow, joining CIGI in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy, and is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. She is a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Fulbright Scholar. 

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Thomas A. Bernes

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. After a distinguished career in the Canadian public service and at leading international economic institutions, Tom was CIGI’s executive director from 2009 to 2012. He has held high-level positions at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Government of Canada. He became a distinguished fellow in 2012.

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Paul Blustein

CIGI Senior Fellow

 Paul Blustein is a CIGI senior fellow. An award-winning journalist and author, he has written extensively about international economics, trade and financial crises.

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Susan Schadler

CIGI Senior Fellow

Susan Schadler is a CIGI Senior Fellow. She is a former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s European Department, where she led surveillance and lending operations to several countries and managed a number of research teams working on European issues. Her current research interests include the sovereign debt crisis, global capital flows, global financial institutions and growth models for emerging market economies.

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James A. Haley

CIGI Senior Fellow

James A. Haley is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a Canada Institute global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC.