The IMF, which represents 187 member nations, works to promote global financial cooperation and stability, facilitate trade, encourage sustainable growth, and reduce poverty.
Collaborating with a team of 200 advisors, Tilla gathers input from the private sector, parliamentarians, trade unions, nongovernmental organizations, economic think tanks, and scholars, then uses this information to develop global financial and economic policies that aim to alleviate poverty and promote development.
“Twenty years ago, global financial institutions didn’t think about gathering input from anyone but government officials,” Tilla says. “We know now that in developing countries, creating policy based on the community’s desires minimizes the chances of policy leading to conflict.
"It is often said that there can be no development without peace, and no peace without development," Tilla adds. "Sustainable economic growth is a major part of building peace."
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Tilla also holds a Ph.D. in public administration and a master's degree in international relations and economics from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Before joining the IMF in 2007, he held positions at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.
— Renée LaReau, April 2012