Global Macro Sessions for the IMF Annual Meetings

October 15, Washington DC



After two years of pandemic disruption, RBWC is back in Washington DC for the IMF and World Bank annual meetings.

Compared to 2020, the world has dramatically changed. To address the adverse effects of covid-19 lockdowns and curfews, governments have mostly chosen to spend more, while central banks have eased their domestic financing conditions by lowering their interest rates and by implementing quantitative easing policies. This has led economies to benefit from a strong rebound from the 2020 low, but also to surges in end consumer prices, especially in the US.

Furthermore, the war in Ukraine has brought negative consequences for the world economy. The reduction of Russian and Ukrainian supplies of energy, raw materials, and food has led not only to a further surge in prices, especially in the EU, but also to recessive effects as the war and the more-acute-than-ever confrontation between the US and China is progressively depressing global demand.

Nevertheless, optimism has not disappeared: these last two years have been crucial for the development of digital finance. However, these new technologies – which can be key to the next generation of monetary and financial systems – raise many questions.

Thus, in 2022 the world seems brand new, likely entering a new era of stagflation, associating high-energy prices, low growth perspectives, high public debt levels and tightening monetary conditions. It might as also face a new technological and geopolitical context, which could totally reshape its international financial and monetary system. This conference will ponder from various important perspectives what  should be done to remain on track.


Draft-Subject to Change 

Venue: Dupont Circle Hotel,

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA


Registration and Welcome Coffee



Session I: Improving the Debt Architecture





Session 2: The Inflation Reset


Session 3: Emerging Markets in a New Era



Session 4: CBDC and Private Stablecoin Coexistence-Challenges Ahead


Session 5: Cross-Border Payment: A Global Public Good?

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order) 

List will be expanded regularly in the next few weeks as other invited speakers confirm their attendance.

Masood Ahmed, President Center for Global Development 
Teana Baker-Taylor, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Strategy, UK/EU, Circle
Francesco Bianchi, Professor of Economics, The Johns Hopkins University
James Bullard, President Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis 
Rashad Cassim, Deputy Governor, South Africa Reserve Bank 
Massimiliano Castelli, Managing Director, UBS Asset Management
Daniel Cohen, President of the Paris School of Economics and Chair of the Finance for Development Lab
Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park
Christian Kopf, Chief investment Officer, Union Investments
Philip Lane, Member of the Board, European Central Bank 
Ousmene Mandeng, Senior Advisor Accenture 
Beat Siegenthaler, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank
Christina Skinner, Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Paola Subacchi, Professor of International Economics & Chair Advisory Board at the Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary, University of London 
Julio Velarde, Governor, Central Reserve Bank of Peru
Xiaochen Zhang, Global Head – Innovation & GTM, International Financials, Amazon Web Services

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