Rabah Arezki heads the commodities research team in the IMF Research Department. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and at the University of Oxford. During his career at the Fund, he has worked in the IMF Institute and Africa, Fiscal Affairs, Middle East and Central Asia Departments. He has led and participated in various IMF missions such as surveillance, program, training and technical assistance in West Africa, Gulf Countries, Iraq, Liberia and the Maghreb. He has delivered lectures at IMF regional training centers in Austria, Kuwait and throughout Africa as well as at academic institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Rabah has written on commodities, international macroeconomics and development economics. He has published widely in academic and other journals, including the Economic Journal, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the European Economic Review, the World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and World Development. He has also been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Les Echos, El Mundo, Il Sole 24 Ore. He is also a frequent contributor to Finance and Development magazine and is the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin.
Akito Matsumoto is an economist in the Commodities Unit in the IMF’s Research Department, where he monitors commodities market developments and studies their linkage to the world economy. He was an economist at Nomura Research Institute and the Nomura Securities Co., before entering the PhD program in University of Wisconsin. He also worked at the Bank of England and the Board of Governors during his graduate study.