Humanitarian at the helm
She was the only nominee for the job. And at 66, she was too old. But the International Monetary Fund (IMF) waived its age limit of 65 to allow Kristalina Georgieva to become its new managing director in September 2019.
Georgieva studied political economy in Bulgaria. She then travelled to the UK, where she studied at the London School of Economics. She later held important positions in the World Bank and the European Commission. In 2010, she was recognized as “European of the Year” and “EU Commissioner of the Year” for her handling of humanitarian disasters in Haiti and Pakistan.
In a statement, Georgieva said the IMF would have to “deal with issues like inequalities, climate risks and rapid technological change” in order to improve people’s lives. Georgieva took over the job from another powerful international figure — Christine Lagarde, who left the IMF to become the head of the European Central Bank (ECB).