Omotunde Johnson is an economics researcher and consultant. After serving in various capacities at the IMF for over 25 years, he retired in 2000. At the IMF, his assignments included (i) operational work related to almost all IMF facilities as well as regular consultations, on a diverse range of countries (in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe); (ii) work on IMF World Economic Outlook; (iii) work on IMF Annual Reports; (iv) technical assistance and workshops on monetary, exchange, and other central banking and financial sector issues; (v) Resident Representative in Ghana (September 1987 – January 1990); (vi) research; and (vii) representing the IMF in international fora, the most important of which was as the IMF representative on a Task Force on Payment Systems Principles and Practices under the aegis of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland (1998-2000), and hence actively participated in drafting the Core Principles for Systemically Important Payment Systems (published January 2001). The last position he held in the IMF was Assistant Director, Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department (now the Monetary and Financial Markets Department). Omotunde has written several publications and consulted widely for organizations such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, ADB, UNCTAD and the peer review secretariat of NEPAD.
He holds a B.A. (1965), M.A. (1967), PhD (1970)—All degrees in economics; from the University of California, Los Angeles.