Ira W. Lieberman Ph.D. was President and Chief Executive Officer of LIPAM International, Inc., from October 2004 to December 2020. In this capacity, he advised governments, not-for-profit institutions, and private companies in emerging, transition, and developing market countries. Much of his advisory work has been focused on the microfinance sector where he has served on the board of directors of several institutions in the sector and has raised funds primarily for microfinance investment funds in Africa.
Ira worked for the World Bank in Washington DC from 1993–2004 and from 1985–1987 in several positions, including the following: Senior Advisor, ECA Region from February 1993 to July 2004; Acting Director of the Global Small Business Department for the World Bank Group (IFC and IBRD); Chief Executive Officer of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), the international secretariat for the microfinance sector; Senior Manager for Privatization and Restructuring Private Sector Development Department; and Ira worked in several countries on crisis resolution and postcrisis industrial restructuring—Mexico (1985-1987), Korea (1998-2001), Turkey (2001- 2002) and Argentina (2002)
On leave from the World Bank from July 2003 to July 2004, Ira worked with the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) as a Senior Economic Advisor to George Soros, focusing on creating a microfinance investment fund for Southeast Europe. He continued his employment with the Open Society Institute until November 2004. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ira had almost 20 years of experience in the private sector
Ira has been a director of several companies including several publicly listed companies. He has also served on the boards of several not-for-profit institutions primarily focused on microfinance and social (impact) investing.
Ira has written extensively and has been published on four principal topics—the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; privatization and restructuring; financial crises and workouts/ resolution strategies; and microfinance. His latest books are In Good Times Prepare for Crisis (Brookings Press, 2018), as co-author, The Crisis of 2020-2021 and Beyond (2022), and as co-editor, The Future of Microfinance (Brookings Press, 2020).
Ira has a BA from Lehigh University an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. (D.Phil.) from Oxford University.