Africa Training Institute Staff

L. Effie Psalida

Director of the Africa Training Institute and AFRITAC South.

Effie Psalida is the IMF Africa Training Institute Director 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.

Gillian Nkhata

Deputy Director at the Africa Training Institute.

Gillian Nkhata is Deputy Director at the Africa Training Institute since August 2017. She has worked at the IMF in several capacities, including in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, in the Strategy and Policy Review Department, and the African Department. Most recently, she was Senior Advisor at the IMF’s Executive Board. Prior to joining the Fund, Ms. Nkhata worked for the European Union (EU) focusing on development and external cooperation issues, and also participated in negotiating ACP-EU cooperation agreements. Ms. Nkhata studied macroeconomics at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Her research interests include debt crisis management, financial interconnectedness, and regional integration.

Charline Ramspacher

Lecturer at the Africa Training Institute

Before joining the Institute in September 2016, Charline Ramspacher was a senior policy advisor at the Central Bank of Luxembourg. In this role she was a member of various Eurosystem committees on market infrastructures and payment systems. There she contributed to the successful reorganization of collateral practices among European national central banks. Charline joined the Central Bank of Luxembourg in 2010 from Clearstream Banking Luxembourg, an International central security depository, where she had held the position of assistant vice president in network management. Prior to this, Charline held various front office positions at the Goldman Sachs Group in the US and London. She holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, both from Temple University in the US.

Ian James Nield

Lecturer at the Africa Training Institute.

Prior to joining ATI in October 2016 Ian Nield was the Monetary Operations Advisor with the IMF’s Bangkok-based Technical Assistance Office for Lao PDR and Myanmar. Ian worked extensively in Myanmar with both the central bank and the Ministry of Finance and Planning across the broad range of functions covered by Monetary Operations. In Lao he worked with the authorities on a number of topics and delivered a series of courses with the common theme of monetary operations. Ian has worked “in and around” financial stability for some 20 years, primarily taking a pragmatic approach to solve problems. In his professional life he has been a research scientist, university lecturer, fund manager, stock broker, and during 1998-2013 a senior official with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Ian studied at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and at Cranfield University in England. He read Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at Waikato where he was awarded an MSc (Hons) degree. At Cranfield he read Physics for his PhD. Ian is married with four children and has a wide range of interests outside the office.

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