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World Bank's Georgieva approved as new IMF chief

Key Points
  • Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva was confirmed on Wednesday as managing director of the IMF
  • Georgieva has built a reputation during her time at the World Bank as a champion of gender equality and leader in the global fight against climate change
The seal of the International Monetary Fund(IMF) is seen outside of the headquarters building in Washington, DC on April 8, 2019.
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Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva was confirmed on Wednesday as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the IMF said, becoming the first person from an emerging economy to head the global lender.

A center-right politician who grew up in Bulgaria under communism, Georgieva has built a reputation during her time at the World Bank - where she has been on a leave of absence from her post as chief executive officer during the IMF nomination process - and the European Commission as a tenacious straight-shooter, champion of gender equality and leader in the global fight against climate change.