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Felipe Larraín B.

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FELIPE LARRAÍN BASCUÑÁN, AM '83, PhD '85, economics, is a professor of economics at the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, and the director of the Latin American Center of Economic and Social Policies (CLAPES UC), which he also directed between 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he became a member of the UN Leadership Council for Sustainable Development. He holds a PhD in economics and a master of arts from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

He served as Chile's minister of finance from 2010 to 2014 and from 2018 to 2019. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Since 1985, he has been an economic advisor to the governments of Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. He has also been a fellow of the World Economic Forum. A consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, he also served as a consultant and a member of the board of directors of several companies in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Professor Larraín has published 18 books and 140 scholarly articles in specialized journals and books in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. His co-authored book Macroeconomics in the Global Economy has been translated into 10 languages, including German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.

He has received numerous recognitions and awards, including Best Sovereign Green Bond Issue (2019); Minister of Finance of the Year of the Americas (The Banker, 2018); chosen as one of the 100 most influential world leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (2015); Best Sovereign Bond Issue 2012-2013 (LatinFinance); Vice President of the OECD Ministerial Meeting (Paris, 2012); Minister of Finance of the Year of the Americas (The Banker, 2010); Minister of Finance of the Year of Latin America (Emerging Markets, AméricaEconomía, LatinFinance, 2010-11); Economist of the Year 2010 (El Mercurio).