International Council 2022

Date and time
End date and time
Attendance restrictions
by invitation only
Hybrid conference

In the nearly 80 years since the original Bretton Woods Conference, the global economy has experienced unprecedented growth but a complex confluence of challenges are now threatening a global recession and creating an uncertain picture for the future. Rising commodity prices and inflation have disrupted supply chains and trade flows while tightening financial conditions and debt distress weigh heavily on the global economy especially for low-income countries and emerging markets. The war in Ukraine has further exacerbated geopolitical tensions and the risk of economic fragmentation. The recent implosion of crypto markets and a potential energy crisis remind us that issues surrounding technology and climate change are both urgent and global.

At this unique moment, the international community must chart a path forward for more effective multilateral action in a world that is simultaneously interconnected and increasingly fragmented. This year’s conference will explore the complex confluence of geopolitical, economic, environmental, and technological forces impacting the global economy and how multilateralism must play a role in shaping a better future.


Kindly contact Ms. Chuyun Hu, Program Associate, at if you have any inquiries.



Program: 3:15pm-4:45pm EDT
Reception: 4:45pm-6:30pm EDT
 Location: IMF HQ1, Meeting Hall A-B Rooms,

700 19th Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20431


If you plan to attend in-person, pre-registration is required before Sept. 12, 2022: kindly send an e-mail to, with the subject line “IC22 In-Person Registration” and include your full name and title.
We will follow up shortly after, with specific instructions on how you can obtain accreditation with the IMF.
Remote viewers will be able to watch the in-person sessions through the IMF Connect Live Stream.
All in-person sessions follow local authorities and IMF’s Covid-related guidance as enforced at the time of the event.


In Conversation with World Bank President David Malpass 

Wednesday, October 12, 3:15 – 3:30 PM EDT │ In-person, IMF Campus 

  • David Malpass, President, World Bank Group
  • William R. Rhodes, Vice-Chair, Bretton Woods Committee (Moderator)

In Conversation with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva 
Wednesday, October 12, 3:30 – 4:00 PM EDT │ In-person, IMF Campus 

  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • John Lipsky, Vice-Chair, Bretton Woods Committee (Moderator)

In Conversation with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 – 4:45 PM EDT │ In-Person, IMF Campus

  • The Honorable Janet L. Yellen, Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury
  • William C. Dudley, Chair, Bretton Woods Committee (Moderator)




Has the Global Debt Crisis Arrived? 
Tuesday, October 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event 

  • Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics 
  • John Lipsky, Vice-Chair, Bretton Woods Committee
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Mark Walker,  Senior Managing Director/Sovereign Advisory, Guggenheim securities, LLC
  • William R. Rhodes, Vice-Chair, Bretton Woods Committee (Moderator) 


In Conversation with U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Trade and Development Alexia Latortue 
Tuesday, October 11, 2:30 – 3:15 PM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event

  • Alexia Latortue, United States Treasury, Assistant Secretary for International Trade and Development
  • Afsaneh Beschloss, Co-Lead Climate Finance Project Team, BWC and CEO, RockCreek (Moderator)



The Promise of Crypto and Ensuring Effective Regulation 
Thursday, October 13, 11:00 AM –12:00 PM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event 

  • Richard Berner, Clinical Professor of Finance, New York University 
  • William C. Dudley, Chair, BWC & Co-Lead, Future of Finance Working Group 
  • Greg Johnson, CEO, Rubicon Crypto
  • Carolyn Wilkins, Co-Lead, Digital Finance Project Team, BWC; Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University (Moderator) 


Fireside Chat with USTR Katherine Tai 
Thursday, October 13, 1:00 – 1:45 PM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event 

  • Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative
  • Doug Irwin, John French Professor of Economics in Department of Economics, Dartmouth College (Moderator)



Member Meeting
Friday, October 14, 9:00 – 10:00 AM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event 

Members are invited to join BWC's Executive Committee - Bill Dudley, John Lipsky, and Bill Rhodes - to discuss progress on BWC's strategic plan and future initiatives. Please join to share your questions, comments, and ideas.


Fireside Chat with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 
Friday, October 14, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT | Zoom Virtual Event

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization 
  • José Viñals, Group Chairman, Standard Chartered (Moderator) 


Global Governance Reform: What’s Needed from the Multilaterals

Friday, October 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT │ Zoom Virtual Event

  • Nancy Lee, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development 
  • Joaquim Levy, Chair, Multilateral Reform Working Group, BWC 
  • Hung Tran, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Geo Economics Center, Atlantic Council 
  • Axel Weber, Co-Chair, Multilateral Reform Working Group, BWC 
  • Emily Slater, Executive Director, Bretton Woods Committee (Moderator) 


By Invitation Only
Reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm EDT
Dinner: 6:00 - 8:00pm EDT


The Leadership Dinner is an exclusive opportunity for BWC Board and Advisory Council members, members of the Distinguished Giving Society, select organizational members, sponsors, and International Council speakers. 





Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Melissa Smith, Director of Membership and Giving, at to explore available options.