About the Authors


December 12, 2007


Teresa Curristine has 20 years of experience working in the PFM field. She is Deputy Division Chief at the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, where she provides advice to governments on managing their public finances. She leads projects and teams working on a variety of public financial management issues in Asia and Latin America. Previously she worked for the OECD, where she ran the OECD Network on Performance and Results and managed cross-directorate projects on public sector modernization and improving public sector efficiency for the Germany Presidency of the European Union. She has published several articles and edited three books: Public Financial Management and its Emerging Architecture, Performance Budgeting in OECD Countries, and Modernising Government: The Way Forward. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Oxford from where she received her Ph.D.

Richard Allen is a former staff member and Deputy Division Chief of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. Since April 2021 he has been a consultant on public finance issues. He has contributed to the Blog since its launch in 2007 and a Co-Editor for ten years. He is also a Senior Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before joining the IMF Richard was a senior official at the UK Treasury, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, and a board member of the European Investment Bank. He has advised the governments of 80 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on public finance topics. He is the co-editor of The International Handbook of Public Financial Management, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015, and the author of many other books and articles on PFM and fiscal issues.