Professor Sebastian Edwards - go
Sebastian Edwards is the Henry Ford II Professor of International
Business Economics at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1993 until April
1996, he was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean
Region of the World Bank. He is also 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 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 Profesor Extraordinario at the IAE, Universidad
Austral, Argentina, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council
of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany.
is 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 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
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.
Rogelio Rebolledo - go back
Rogelio Rebolledo is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frito-Lay
International Division covering Latin America, Asia Pacific, Australia,
Europe, Middle East and Africa as of late 2000. Frito Lay International
is a Division of PepsiCo. Formerly, Rogelio Rebolledo became the President
of the Latin America/Asia Pacific region for Frito-Lay International
He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Latin
America Region of PepsiCo Foods International (PFI) and President of
the Sabritas, Gamesa and Venezuela PFI Operations. He joined the company
in 1976 as Marketing Director for Sabritas (Mexico) (Frito Lay’s
largest Business internationally at the time) and held the following
positions: President of Elma Chips, Brazil; President of Matutano, Spain
and Executive Vice President for Sabritas, Mexico. Prior to PepsiCo,
Rogelio was employed by Procter & Gamble and Du Pont. He received
his MBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa and a BS in Chemical
Engineering from the University of Mexico.
He has been a keynote Speaker and Lecturer at several Mexican Universities,
like ITAM, as well as a guest Speaker at Harvard’s Business School
on repeated occasions. In 2000 he was designated by Mexico’s President,
Vicente Fox to be a member of Pemex’s Consulting Committee.
Roberto Dañino - go back
Roberto Dañino is the former Prime Minister of Peru
(2001-2002). In that capacity he led the day-to-day government affairs
under President Alejandro Toledo. During his tenure, Mr. Dañino
was responsible for the negotiation of an unprecedented National Accord
("Acuerdo Nacional') which brought the leading political parties,
the most representative civil society organizations, and the government
to agree on a set of 29 long term policies to be observed for the next
20 years. He also launched an ambitious program for the modernization
of the public sector and established as well a national competitiveness
program aimed at doubling non-traditional exports in three years.
to joining government, Mr. Dañino was a partner at the international
law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was the Chairman
of the Latin American Practice Group (LAPG). His practice focused on
providing legal advice for international corporate transactions, specializing
in direct investments, project finance, and capital markets transactions.
For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Dañino has participated
in these types of matters in virtually every country in Latin America
on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including private, public, and
Dañino also has been a member of various corporate boards, both
in the United States and in Latin America. His recent board memberships
include The Coca-Cola Company Latin American Advisory Board, the Americas
Society Chairman's Council, Carnegie Endowment's G-50 Board, Newbridge
Andean Partners, Royal & SunAIliance/Fenix, Cementos Pacasmayo,
Sindicato Pesquero, Violy, Byorum & Partners, The Infant Nutrition
Fund, The Mountain Institute, StarMedia Foundation, among others.
also has been chairman of the Inter-American Development Bank's External
Review Group for Private Sector activities. Previously he served as
the founding General Counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation
in Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to the USA, Mr. Dañino was
a practicing corporate lawyer in Peru, where he also occupied several
senior positions in the Government of Peru, including Secretary General
of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Trade; President of the Foreign
Investment and Technology Agency; and Chairman of the Foreign Public
Dañino (51) is a Peruvian citizen, holds law degrees from Harvard
Law School and the Catholic University of Peru, and is admitted to practice
in Peru, and in New York and D.C. as Special Legal Consultant. Mr. Dañino
also is an alumnus of the Georgetown University International Leadership
Program. He lectures and publishes extensively on international economic
and legal matters. He is married to Pauline Beck and has four sons
José De Gregorio - go back
José De Gregorio has been a Member of the Board of the Central
Bank of Chile since December 2001. Previously he held the same position
from June to November 2001, as the replacement for Pablo Piñera
From March 2000 to June 2001, Mr. De Gregorio was a “tri-minister”,
acting as the minister of the combined portfolios of the Economy, Mining
and Energy, as president of the National Energy Commission. During this
period he also served as president on the boards of the state-owned
companies, Codelco, Enap and Enami, and president of the Corfo and Cochilco
He is moreover full professor at the University of Chile (on leave).
In 1997 and 2000 he was professor and head of post-graduate programs
at the Center of Applied Economics at the University of Chile, where
he has taught macroeconomics and international economics since 1994.
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 coordinated economic policy within the Ministry
of Finance, Chile.
From 1990 to 1994 he worked as an economist in the research department
of the International Monetary Fund, where he also participated in missions
to Guyana, Spain and Italy. He has worked as a consultant for international
organizations (IMF, World Bank, IDB and United Nations) and foreign
companies. He was a visiting researcher at the IMF and the World Bank,
and visiting professor at the Anderson School, UCLA (University of California
– Los Angeles). From 1983 to 1986 he was a researcher at the Corporación
de Investigaciones Económicas para Latinoamérica (Corporation
for Latin American economic research), Cieplan.
He has taught classes at MIT, the University of Chile and UCLA.
He has a degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in
engineering from the University of Chile (1984), where he received the
Marcos Orrego Puelma award for the best graduate for his year. He obtained
a doctorate (PhD) in Economics in 1990 at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT).
He has published widely in international academic reviews and books
on issues including stabilization policies, foreign exchange regimes
and economic growth. He has served as a referee for several academic
journals and is an associate editor with the journals "International
Tax and Public Finance" and "Latin American Economic Review".
He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American
and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and was co-director of the
organizing committee for the annual LACEA meeting in 1999.
He is Chilean, married to Soledad Aninat and has four children.