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Augusto Lopez Claros

Director of Global Indicators and Analysis with the World Bank Group

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Augusto Lopez-Claros is Director of Global Indicators and Analysis with the World Bank Group, the department responsible for the Doing Business Report, as well as a number of other benchmarking studies, such as Investing Across Borders andWomen, Business and the Law.

Augusto was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was the editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum's flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports.

Before joining the Forum he was Executive Director with Lehman Brothers (London) and Senior International Economist. He was the International Monetary Fund's resident representative in the Russian Federation during 1992-95 where he implemented their multi-billion dollar programme of assistance. Before joining the IMF, he was professor of economics at the University of Chile in Santiago.

He lectures extensively on European economic integration, the determinants of competitiveness, reform issues in transition economies and on a broad range of financial and macroeconomic issues affecting emerging markets.

European economic integration;

Economics;

Competitiveness;

International Development

English;

Spanish

Fees

UK : £30k to £50k

Europe : £30k to £50k

US : £15k to £30k

Asia/Middle East : £30k to £50k


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Augusto has a degree in mathematical statistics from Cambridge University, England, and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in the United States. Before joining the Forum in 2003 he was Executive Director and Senior International Economist with Lehman Brothers International in London. During his 5-year stay with Lehman he wrote extensively on a broad range of economic and financial topics. As part of this research work and to meet with Lehman clients he traveled extensively in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is a frequent commentator on economic and financial issues, having given well over 150 TV interviews during the past decade on all the major networks. Before Lehman he worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, an organization he joined in the mid-1980s.

During his years of service at the Fund his assignments included being country economist for Spain; working in the Fund's main policy making department, where he begun to work on Eastern Europe and did some of the early work at the Fund on good governance. From 1992 to 1995 he was Resident Representative for the IMF in the Russian Federation, where he was responsible for program implementation issues in the context of the IMF's multibillion dollar program of assistance to the Russian Federation. His stay in Russia was followed by a one-year sabbatical in Moscow, an opportunity he used to do research (subsequently published by the IMF) and to travel extensively throughout Russia to gain a broader perspective on the transition. Prior to his service with the IMF, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Chile, Santiago, where, in addition to his teaching duties, he also headed a research team financed by the Ministry of Health examining economic aspects of alcohol abuse in Chile.

Dr. Lopez-Claros has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of topics in his field, including European economic integration, the determinants of competitiveness, reform issues in transition economies, the European Monetary System, and on a broad range of financial and macroeconomic issues affecting emerging markets.

In 2007 he was co-editor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and also The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He is the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2009-2010: Strengthening Innovation for the Prosperity of Nations, published by Palgrave in November of 2009 and The Innovation for Development Report 2010-2011: Innovation as a Driver of Productivity and Economic Growth, published by Palgrave in late 2010.

In 2009 he was appointed honorary professor at the European Business School in Frankfurt.

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