Latin America Conference 2013

Speaker Bios

Pedro Aspe | Co-Chairman, Evercore Partners; Former Treasury Secretary of Mexico

Pedro Aspe, born in Mexico City in 1950, is co-Chairman of Evercore Partners (EVR), a leading investment bank in the USA, and CEO of EVR Mexico. Since 1996 EVR Mexico has advised in more than 250 transactions, including private equity placements, mergers & acquisitions, Real Estate Investment Trusts, project financing and municipal bonds. In 2006, Protego combined with Evercore Partners, based in New York and it became a public company in the NYSE. Dr. Aspe has been a professor of Economics at ITAM and has held a number of positions with the Mexican government: was founder of INEGI (National Bureau of Statistics), Secretary of the Budget and Secretary of Treasury of Mexico. Dr. Aspe is a member of the Board of McGraw-Hill (NY) and of Televisa (Mexico). He is also a Board member of CIDE and CENTRO in Mexico City and co-Chairman of the North American Forum. Currently he sits on the Advisory Board of Marvin & Palmer (Wilmington), Inditex Mexico the Mario Molina Center (Mexico) and Endeavor (México).

Mark Garmaise | Associate Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson

Mark Garmaise's primary research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, real estate, entrepreneurship and banking. With his co-author Tobias Moskowitz, he received the 2004 BGI Brennan Award for the best paper published in the Review of Financial Studies and the 2005 BGI Brennan Runner-up Award for the best paper published in the Review of Financial Studies.

Garmaise teaches the core corporate finance course and an elective on venture capital and private equity. He was awarded the 2005 Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award, the 2006 Eric and "E" Juline Excellence in Research Award, the 2007 Citibank Teaching Award for most outstanding MBA teacher and the 2009 Fully Employed MBA Teaching Excellence Award. He has published in the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Finance and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Dr. Garmaise taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business before joining the faculty at UCLA Anderson. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from Stanford University and an A.B. in Mathematics and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College.  

Jose de Gregorio | Professor of Economics, Universidad de Chile; Former Governor, Central Bank of Chile

José De Gregorio is Full Professor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Chile. He was Governor of the Central Bank of Chile from 2007 until 2011. He was formerly Vice-Governor from 2003, and member of the Bank's Board from 2001. During 2000 and 2001, Mr. De Gregorio was Minister of the combined portfolios of Economy, Mining and Energy.

Between 1997 and 2000 he was professor and head of post-graduate programs at the Center of Applied Economics at the University of Chile. He also served on the executive of the Latin American Doctoral Program in Economics, carried out jointly by Mexico's ITAM, Torcuato di Tella University, Argentina, and the University of Chile. From 1994 to 1997, he was Coordinator of Economic Policy at the Ministry of Finance, Chile. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as an economist in the research department of the International Monetary Fund. He has been visiting scholar at the IMF and the World Bank, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics, and visiting professor at the Anderson School, UCLA. During his professional life has received a number of honors and awards, such as "Central Banker of the Year in Latin America for 2008," awarded by The Banker.

He has a degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Chile, where he received the "Marcos Orrego Puelma" award for the best graduate for his year. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1990. He has published extensively on issues including monetary policy, exchange rates, international finance and economic growth. He has served as member of editorial boards for several academic journals. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (Lacea).

Francisco Gil Diaz | President, Telefónica México; Former Treasury Secretary of Mexico

Francisco "Paco" Gil Díaz, President of Telefónica México and former Treasury Secretary of Mexico. Prior to heading Mexico's Treasury Department, served as President and chief executive officer of Avantel, a telecommunications company.

With a remarkable breadth of experience in Mexico's economic and financial affairs, Francisco Gil Díaz's career includes his position as chief of economic projections in the President's Ministry, economist at Banco de México (Central Bank), general manager for Economic and Financial Studies of the Treasury, manager of Banco de México's Data Analysis and Organization Unit, revenue policy general director of the Treasury and later undersecretary of the same. At Banco de México, Gil Díaz later held the position of director of Economic Research. He also has served as both professor and coordinator of ITAM's (Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology) Economics Program.

Mr. Gil Díaz is a member of the following boards: the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson School of Management; RAND's Pardee Ph.D. program; the governing board of the Iberoamerican University (UIA), and CIDAC. a Mexican think tank. He is also president of the Pacific Academy of Advanced Studies. Mr. Gil Díaz also serves as independent board member of the Mexican Stock Exchange; BBVA Bancomer, Mexico's largest private bank; GEO, the largest housing builder in Mexico; and in the advisory boards of of Chrysler de Mexico and SSA Mexico, a Seattle based operator of Mexican cargo ports.

He is also professor emeritus and honorary doctor from ITAM and has been published in the fields of public finance, monetary theory, fiscal policy, money and banking, deregulation of economic activity, crisis management, telecommunications, international trade and economic development. Gil Díaz received his B.A. in economics from ITAM and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Luiz Eduardo Franco de Abreu | CEO, NSG Capital, Brazil

Founding partner and CEO of NSG Capital and member of the Council of Economic and Social Development of the Republic of Brazil. Mr. Abreu was the CFO of Banco do Brasil, CEO of BB - Banco de Investimentos, Chairman and CEO of BRB - Banco de Brasília and BRB DTVM. In the industrial sector, he was Chairman and CEO of Zamprogna steel industry, as well as member of the Board of Directors of many large corporations and financial institutions in Brazil. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Duke University.

Sebastian Edwards | Henry Ford II Chair in International Management,; Senior Associate Dean for  Global Initiatives; and Faculty Director Center for Global Management

From 1993 until April 1996, Sebastian Edwards was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the advisory board of Transnational Research Corporation and co-chairman of the Inter American Seminar on Economics (IASE). He is the Past-President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), an international professional association of economists with academic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean region. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany. In September 2004, Professor Edwards was appointed to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.  

Edwards has been a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of more that 200 scientific articles on international economics, macroeconomics and economic development. His articles have appeared in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, The Journal of Development Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Perspectives and other professional journals. His work and views are frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.  

Edwards is an associate editor of The World Economy, the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and Analisis Economico. For almost ten years he was the co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.   Sebastian Edwards has been a consultant to a number of multilateral institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the IMF, and the OECD. He has also been a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, and to a number of national and international corporations. He has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Venezuela. He has also consulted for a number of international financial institutions and multinational firms.   Sebastian Edwards was born in Santiago, Chile. He was educated at the Catholic University of Chile, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Guillermo Tagle '91 | CEO & Partner, IM Trust, Chile

A major figure in Chile's Financial Community, Mr. Tagle is currently CEO & Partner at IM Trust, a leading Investment Bank in the Latin American region, part of BCP Capital. He is a Board Member at Chile's Electronic Stock Exchange, at the Central Depositary System, at ICARE, and at CFR Pharmaceuticals. He is also currently Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Finance Minister on Capital Market issues. Tagle has worked as Director of AFP Bansander, one of the largest Chilean pension funds. He has accumulated over 15 years of experience in South America's financial markets, having held positions as General Manager, Capital Market Manager, and Research Department Director in Santander Investment, in Santiago, Chile. Tagle holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management ('91), and a BS in Business Administration from the Ponticia Universidad Católica, in Chile, where he is a Graduate Business School Professor and Teaching Director. In year 2010, he was nominated among UCLA Anderson's Top 100 Inspirational Alumni.

2013 Latin American Conference