AFRITAC South Staff

L. Effie Psalida

Effie Psalida is the IMF AFRITAC South Coordinator as of July 2015. She joined the International Monetary Fund in 1992 and most recently served in the Institute for Capacity Development as Chief of the Global Partnerships Division. Ms. Psalida has worked on countries in Africa, Central and East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dovindutt Baichoo

Joined AFRITAC South in October 2013 as Economist. He previously worked at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mauritius, as lead analyst and has significant experience in the area of macroeconomic and fiscal policy, public financial management, debt management and Government Finance Statistics (GFS). During his career at the Ministry he also served as Director of various corporate bodies in the financial services sector and represented the Ministry in international meetings. He contributed to the introduction of the Tax Expenditure Budget, transition from the GFS 1986 to the GFS 2001, reform of the Statistics Act and the graduation of Mauritius to the IMF Special Data Dissemination Standards (SDDS).

Ravi Mohan Periyakavil Ramakrishnan

Has over thirty years of experience in central banking operations and financial sector regulation and supervision at the Reserve Bank of India. His specialization includes implementation of Basel II and III, Risk Based Supervision, Cross Border Supervision, and International Financial Reporting Standards. He represented India in a number of Groups of Basel Committee on Banking Supervision such as the Definition of Capital Group, Standards Implementation Group on Operational Risk, Accounting Task Force and the Colleges Working Group. He was a member of the Accounting Standards Board of India for a decade. His last posting at the Reserve Bank of India was as the Head of Department of Banking Supervision. He holds a Masters Degree in Physics from the Kerala University, India and a Masters Degree in International Banking & Finance from the University of Birmingham, U.K

Anna Carina Selander

Carina Selander is the resident advisor in monetary policy at the IMF Afritac South as of May 1 2015. Prior to this she was working at Swedish central bank, the Riksbank. Carina has been working within forecasting and modeling as well as with Technical assistance at the Riksbank since 2009. In the area of technical assistance she has thus worked on countries in Africa and Central Asia prior to taking up the position at the Afritac South. Carina holds a teachers Diploma from the Mitt Sweden University and a Phd in Economics from Umea University in Sweden.

Peter Francis Murphy

Peter Murphy joined AFRITAC South in June as Public Financial Management (PFM) resident adviser. He has been a senior economist in the M1 Division of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department since 2010. Prior to joining FAD, Mr. Murphy was a World Bank task manager for three years for PFM and Public Administration reform in the Government of Cambodia. He has also been a lead adviser to the Governments of Ghana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda, and a short-term expert in Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Kenneth Head

Appointed to AFRITAC South in September 2015 as the Regional Customs Administration Adviser, Ken arrived from the Caribbean having spent nearly four years as the CARTAC Regional Customs Administration Adviser. He served for over 30 years in HM Customs and Excise in the UK working in management, policy, operations, training and investigations in both Customs and VAT. From 1993 to 1997 he served as the UK Customs attaché to the Netherlands based in The Hague providing expert advice to HM Ambassador on all pan-European Customs and VAT fraud related matters. Since 2004, he has worked in the private sector and has extensive experience in delivering technical assistance and managing capacity building and modernization programs in customs administrations in developing economies including Angola and Suriname.

Gregory Legoff

Gregory Legoff joined AFRITAC South in August 2015 as a Real Sector Statistics Advisor. He had a similar position at the IMF Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre in Suva, Fiji from 2012 to 2015. He previously worked on national accounts statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra, Australia from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, Gregory worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France, mainly on international trade statistics. Gregory holds a Masters Degree in Statistics.

Sybi Hida

Sybi Hida joined the AFRITAC South in September 2015 as Macro Fiscal Resident Advisor. Previously he worked in The Gambia as an IMF macro fiscal resident advisor. Sybi has worked for the Ministry of Finance of Albania where he has been closely associated with macroeconomic and fiscal policy formulation, economic policy advice, and public finance management. He left the ministry as General Director of Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy and was elected a Member of Parliament for four years. He also worked for about two years at the European Department of the IMF. Sybi holds a Masters Degree in Economics.

Jean Luc Helis

Jean Luc Helis came back to AFRITAC South in March 2017, as Public Financial Management (PFM) resident adviser, after a first assignment during the period May 2011 and May 2015. He has been a senior economist in the M2 Division of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department since 2004. Prior to joining FAD, Mr. Helis was a civil servant from the French Ministry of Finance, then a European Union pre-accession adviser in Hungary. He has also been a lead adviser to the Governments of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. He also led and participated in numerous IMF missions to Africa and Asia.

Thabo Letjama

Thabo Joined the IMF AFRITAC South team as a Resident Tax Administration Adviser on 9th December 2015. Prior to this role, he has been working for the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) where he served for Thirteen years. His experience spans from heading and managing Finance, Administration, Procurement, Customs Operations and being the Commissioner General of the LRA. Before joining the LRA, he worked as a Financial Manager in a telecommunication company, and also worked as auditor with KPMG Lesotho. His tax administration experience is largely premised on leading the LRA tax operations and leading the LRA transformation effort. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Faith Stewart

Faith Stewart joined the IMF in February 2016 as a Resident Advisor in Financial Market Infrastructures and Payments serving two Regional Technical Assistance Centers: AFRITAC South (AFS) and East-AFRITAC (AFE). She is based at AFE in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. For the past 8 years Faith has worked as an international consultant, with the IMF and other multilateral institutions, supporting financial market infrastructure development and capacity building initiatives in Africa and Southeast Asia. As a former commercial banker and central banker, she has significant experience in both the policy and operations aspects of financial market and financial sector development. During her tenure at the Bank of Jamaica, she successfully led Jamaica’s national payments system reform agenda, spearheading the implementation of the systems and the supporting legal and institutional framework.

Brenda Sylvester

Brenda Sylvester joined AFRITAC South in September 2016 as Results Based Management (RBM) Advisor. She joined the International Monetary Fund in January 2005. Prior to her assignment at AFRITAC South, Brenda worked in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM) as a Technical Assistance Officer, where she played an instrumental role in strengthening the overall effectiveness, management, and execution of MCM’s TA program in countries such as Ukraine, South Sudan, Nigeria, The East African Community, Libya, Afghanistan, Jamaica, and Suriname.

Office Staff

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Office Manager

Varsha Lowtoo Jadunundon

Administrative assistant

Diya Mungra

Administrative assistant

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Accounting / Administrative assistant

Jeetendra Kawal

Administrative assistant

Arlette Marcel

Office attendant

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