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Susan Swart, CIO, International Monetary Fund

November 21, 2016

This is one in a series of interviews with financial services CIOs conducted in collaboration with CIO Straight Talk magazine. Read additional articles by other technology executives at www.straighttalkonline.com.

Among other topics, Susan discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Organization of the IT department given the broad purview of the IMF
  • Sought-after skills and qualities of IT team members
  • Creating a new ecosystem with the engagement of new partners
  • Her path as an executive and advice for women in the field
  • Mentoring programs and the importance of increasing the pool of potential female hires
  • Eye on the trends: AI in surveillance and natural language processing, Fintech, block chain

Susan Swart’s Biography

Susan has been the Chief Information Officer of the International Monetary Fund since 2012. In November 2015 she was named to head the newly created Information Technology Department at the IMF. As CIO she is responsible for the provision of information technology services and leadership in the application of technology to the mission of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF, Susan served in the U.S. State Department and was its CIO from 2008 to 2012, leading the delivery of IT services to 280 Embassies, Consulates, and offices in 185 countries.

Susan holds a graduate degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College and an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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