- International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
- Felipe Larraín, Luca Ricci, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, Hermann González, Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov, and Andrés Pérez
- Published Date:
- October 2019
Felipe Larraín has been the Minister of Finance of Chile since March 2018, serving for the second time in this role under President Piñera after successfully leading the Ministry between 2010–2014. He has a vast experience as an international consultant, academic, editor and author of 14 books and over 120 professional articles, published in Latin America, U.S.A., Europe, and Asia. Immediately prior to his current post, Mr. Larraín was Director of the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies (CLAPES UC) and Professor of Economics at Universidad Católica de Chile. In the past, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Since 1985, he has served as an economic advisor to several governments of the region. Larraín has a PhD and a MA in Economics from Harvard University, as well as a BA in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Luca Antonio Ricci is Division Chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, where he is leading missions to Chile. He previously held positions in the Research, African and Middle Eastern departments of the IMF. He also worked as Managing Director and Head of International Economic Research at Barclays Capital for a year. Prior to joining the IMF, he was Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Researcher at the University of Konstanz. Mr. Ricci received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His analytical work has focused on exchange rates, financial contagion, financial liberalization, optimal inflation, macroeconomic insurance, external debt, growth, trade, and firms’ location choices.
Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel is Professor of Economics at Universidad del Desarrollo. Dr. Schmidt-Hebbel held the position of Chief Economist of the OECD. He was Chief of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Chile during the previous 12 years. Before that he was Principal Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank in Washington. Dr. Schmidt-Hebbel has been Chairman of Chile’s Advisory Fiscal Council and President of the Chilean Economic Association. He has advised and consulted with 85 international organizations, global and national corporations, 40 governments, 30 central banks, and many universities. He has been widely published in the fields of international finance, macroeconomics, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and development. Mr. Schmidt-Hebbel holds a PhD in Economics from M.I.T., and a BA and a MA from the Catholic University of Chile.
Hermann González is Head of Macroeconomic Policy & Chief Advisor at the Ministry of Finance of Chile. In his current role, he oversees the overall macroeconomic performance of the Chilean economy, is responsible for the macroeconomic forecasts of the Ministry, and leads the design of reforms with macro-fiscal impacts. Immediately prior to his current post, Mr. González was Vice President of the Advisory Fiscal Council and was Principal Economist at BBVA Research Chile. In the past, he was head of macroeconomics at the Budget Office at the Ministry of Finance, and economist at the Central Bank of Chile, among others. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Universidad de Chile Law School. Mr. González has a MA in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov is a senior economist in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, currently on the Chile desk. Previously, he worked on Panama and the Dominican Republic and served as advisor to executive director at the IMF’s Executive Board. His research has focused on international macroeconomics, emerging markets, sovereign spreads, and trade. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Andrés Pérez is Head of International Finance at the Ministry of Finance of Chile and G20 Finance Track Deputy for Chile. Mr. Pérez previously worked at the Central Bank of Chile, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the World Bank, and the private sector. He has also taught macroeconomics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has published macro-related research. Mr. Pérez has an MBA, MPP, and a BA in Economics, all from the University of Chicago.