Ralph Chami

 Ralph Chami
Adjunct Professor


BS, American University of Beirut; MBA in Finance and Statistics, University of Kansas; PhD in Economics, The John Hopkins University



  • Fraglie and conflict-affected states
  • Climate change
  • Remittances and migration
  • Financial Markets and banking
Ralph Chami is currently Assistant Director and Chief of Financial Policies Division in the Institute for
Capacity Development at The International Monetary Fund. He developed the internal training curriculum
for IMF economists as well as revamped the external training curriculum of member countries. Between
2009 and 2014, he oversaw the Regional Studies Division covering 32 countries in the Middle East and
Central Asia Department, and Mission and Division Chief for Fragile states such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen,
Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia. He is the recipient of the 2014 IMF Operational Excellence Award for
his field work on fragile states. His book “Macroeconomic Policy in Fragile States,” co-edited with Raphael
Espinoza and Peter Montiel, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2021. Before joining the
IMF, Ralph was on the faculty of Finance Department, Mendoza Business School at the University of
Notre Dame, USA. Ralph has a BS from American University of Beirut, MBA in finance and statistics from
the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University. His areas of
expertise include fragile and conflict-affected states, climate change, remittances and migration, financial
markets and banking.