Dr. Reza Baqir was appointed as the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan by the President of Pakistan on May 04, 2019. Before this, Dr. Baqir had eighteen years of experience with the IMF, including as the Head of the IMF's Office in Egypt and Senior Resident Representative and numerous other assignments, including Division Chief of the IMF's Debt Policy Division, Head of the IMF delegation to the Paris Club, and Deputy Division Chief of the IMF's Emerging Markets Division. Dr. Baqir's research has been published in top journals of the economics profession, including the Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Dr. Baqir holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an A.B. (Magna cum Laude) in Economics from Harvard University.