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IMF's managing director: "Solving the Problem of Global Imbalances"

30 January 2006

ATTENTION: Business, economics, and foreign affairs editors and writers

Contact: Ute S. Frey
(510) 642-0342 frey@haas.berkeley.edu

Rodrigo de Rato, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will share his global economic perspective in a talk, "Shared Responsibilities: Solving the Problem of Global Imbalances," at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

The event is part of the Dean's Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the Haas School's Clausen Center for International Business and Policy. It is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3

Arthur Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. The business school is on Gayley Road between Hearst Avenue and Bancroft Way.

The IMF is an organization of 184 countries that fosters global monetary cooperation and sustainable growth and seeks to reduce poverty. Rato began a five-year term as managing director and chairman of the IMF's executive board in June 2004. Prior to his IMF appointment, he had served since 1996 as the vice president for economic affairs and as minister of economy for Spain. He is a native of Spain and a 1974 graduate of the UC Berkeley MBA program.

The Haas School's Dean's Speaker Series invites business and public policy leaders to share their expertise with the Haas School and UC Berkeley communities several times a year.