Andrés Velasco is a Professor of Professional Practice in International Development at SIPA.
From 2006 - 2010, Mr. Velasco served as Finance Minister of Chile under President Michelle Bachelet. He served as Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2000 - 2011. He previously taught economics and served as director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.
M. Velaco has published works in economic development, international economics, and the political economy, and has recently written on the causes of financial crises in emerging markets. He was Chile’s Ministry of Finance Chief of Staff between 1990 and 1992, International Finance coordinator between 1992 and 1994, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiator in 1995.
Mr. Velasco has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, the World Bank, and for the governments of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, and El Salvador.
He holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University and MA and BA degrees from Yale University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Harvard and MIT from 1994 - 1995.