Saturday, April 30, 2022
Join International House as we welcome back Latin American Matters for their 10th Annual Latin American Policy Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for renowned practitioners and world-class policy leaders to discuss Latin American policy issues with Harris School students and leading academic researchers in the Chicago area. We will host the closing ceremony, which will be followed by a small reception. On that date, this event will feature guest speakers such as Santiago Levy, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institute, Mexico, Luis Felipe López Calva, Regional Director for UNDP Latam, Mexico and Pablo Peña Assistant Professor at Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, UChicago, USA.
This program is open to the public. Registration is required
About Santiago Levy
Santiago Levy is a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. From 2008 to 2018 he was the vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank. From August 2007 to February 2008, he served as the IADB’s Chief Economist. From 2000 to 2005, he served as General Director at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). From 1994 to 2000, he served as the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, becoming the main architect of the social program Progresa-Oportunidades, which benefits the poor. His previous positions include President of the Federal Competition Commission and Director of the Economic Deregulation Program at the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion. Dr. Levy has advised several governments and international organizations and has held several teaching positions, including Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo of Mexico and Associate Professor at Boston University.
About Luis Felipe López Calva
Luis Felipe López Calva, ASG, is the UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean since September 2018. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience, advising several Mexican governments, in addition to UNDP and most recently the World Bank where he most recently served as Practice Manager of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice (Europe and Central Asia). He was the co-director and lead author of the World Development Report 2017 on “Governance and the Law”. He was previously Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, and Lead Economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate, also at the World Bank. From 2007-2010, he served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP-RBLAC in New York. Mr. López-Calva has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and he is Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. He has also been Chair of the Network on Inequality and Poverty in the Latin America and Caribbean Economic Association. His research interests focus on labour markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and microeconomics of development.
About Pablo Peña
He is the Director of Private Sector Partnerships at the Development Innovation Lab, which focuses on finding and promoting interventions that raise the living standards of vulnerable communities. In 2013 he co-founded Microanalitica, a consulting firm that uses experiments and quasi-experiments to produce actionable intelligence for businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Previously, he led the Economic Studies area at Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission, worked on antitrust legal conflicts at a Chicago-based consulting firm, and was an analyst at Mexico’s Ministry of Finance on tax policy, insurance, pensions, and development banking. The common thread in his professional life has been the use of large data sets to test economic theories of behavior.
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