Dr. Benu Schneider

Dr. Benu Schneider
 

 

Benu Schneider holds a doctorate from the University of Kiel, Germany, and is the author of several books and papers on international finance. She has combined academic and consultancy work with hands-on policy advice and technical assistance to countries, which particular focus on macroeconomic policies, domestic financial sector reforms, international finance and financial architecture. Her work on capital flight from developing countries became a seminal book in that area of work. She has authored policy papers, including one analyzing the Indian money market for the Narasimham Committee of Banking Reform; the recommendations of which have had considerable influence and been implemented. In 1997 she provided technical support to the Indian Committee on Capital Account Convertibility, which laid the path for a gradual approach to capital account liberalization. In recent years she has led an international study group to improve the architecture for sovereign debt restructuring. She has made presentations at many national and international conferences, including the Paris Forum, G24, and the World Economic Forum etc. The IMF launched her research and edited volume on international standards and codes.

 

 

She is retiring from the United Nations in a role providing substantive support and briefings to the UN inter-governmental processes, organization and substantive research for stakeholder meetings and consultations, leading teams for research and major reports on financing for development. She was previously based at the Globalization Division, UNCTAD, where she led technical assistance efforts for countries preparing for Paris Club negotiations on debt restructuring and served as the UNCTAD observer rep at the Paris Club. Prior to joining the UN, she held a professional position at the Overseas Development Institute where she conducted policy oriented research and advisory work on capital account liberalization, capital flight, international financial architecture, and international standards and codes. During her career in India, she held the position of Professor at ICRIER, a leading think tank and also the position of full time advisor at the Reserve Bank of India, carrying out policy work on monetary policy and the management of capital flows, besides other academic posts in India and Germany.