Felipe Larraín Bascuñán
Felipe Larraín was Chile´s Finance Minister (2010-2014), and Vice President (February 2014). He earned his PhD (1985) and MA (1983) in Economics from Harvard University, and has vast experience as an international consultant, academician, and editor. He is the author of 12 books and 120 professional articles, published in Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia.
He is currently Director of the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies (CLAPES UC) and Professor of Economics at UC Chile. From 1997 to 1999 he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard. He has served as an economic advisor to Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela. He has acted as a consultant to the UN, the World Bank, the IADB, the IMF, and has also been a board member of several companies and institutions in Chile, Latin America, the US and Europe. In 2014 he joined the UN´s Leadership Council on Sustainable Development (SDSN) and the World Bank´s Doing Business Advisory Board.
Among his awards and honors: named one of 100 Most Influential World Leaders (AACSB, 2015); best sovereign bond issue 2012-13 (Latin Finance, 2014); Vice President of the OECD Ministerial meeting (Paris, 2012); 2010 Finance Minister of the Year for Latin America and the Americas (The Banker, Emerging Markets, Latin Finance, and America Economia); 2010 Economist of the Year (El Mercurio); 2002 Alumnae of the Year (UC); award for distinguished service as Economic Advisor to the President of Bolivia (1986); Raúl Yver Award to the best student in his class at UC (1980); Luis Cruz Martínez Award to the student with the highest score of the Chilean Universities Admissions Exam and the best high school transcript of Chile (1976).
Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1958, he is married and the father of five children.