Ceda Ogada, a Kenyan has been named as the International Monetary Fund’s next Secretary and Director of the Secretary’s Department.
Mr Ogada has worked with the Washington headquartered lender for 21 years and during that period, he progressed to the point pf being picked as the institution’s Deputy General Counsel in 2014.
“Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as a strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment,” said IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
The IMF has expressed confidence in Ogada’s abilities and listed the management of the Eurozone crisis during the global financial crisis as one of the Kenyan’s biggest achievements.
Prior to joining IMF, Mr. Ogada worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as a legal expert.
He received his preparatory education at Lenana School and Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi and holds a Liberal Arts degree from New Hampshire Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School.
Mr. Ogada is expected to step into his new role effective September 1, 2020 replacing Jianhai Lin who is set to retire.