March of 2011 Augusto López-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 and Women, Business and the Law.
Earlier in his career he was the Chief Economist and Director of the
Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
In this capacity he traveled widely and engaged with senior
policymakers in government and the business community on the policy and
institutional requirements associated with improvements in the business
environment. For many years he was the editor of the Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.
He 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. He is a much
sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several
years at: the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow; the Writers'
Union in Sofia, Bulgaria; the Oxford Business School; Darwin and Corpus
Christi Colleges at Cambridge University; the RAND Business School in
California; the European Central Bank in Frankfurt; the Bank of Spain;
the Central Banks of Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay; Imperial College in
London; the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London; the
Friends' Meeting House in Canterbury; the Shakespeare Library in
Moscow; the India Economic Summits in New Delhi; the China Business
Summits in Beijing; the Arab Economic Summits in Qatar, Jordan, and
Egypt; the Latin American Business Summit in Sao Paulo; Marlborough
House in London; the New York Stock Exchange; the Aspen Institute in
Washington DC; the Australian Leadership Retreat; the International
Leadership Forum in Kuala Lumpur; the annual meetings of the World
Economic Forum in Davos; Microsoft's 2007 Government Leaders Forum for
Europe in Edinburgh and the Americas in Cartagena, Miami, Washington
DC, and Mexico City over the period 2007-2010; the European Business
School; The Economist's Emerging Markets Summit; the James Martin 21st
Century School at the University of Oxford; Stanford University; the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Harvard University; the Ecole
Normale Superieure; the European Parliament; the OECD; the EBRD; the
World Trade Organization; the Confederation of Danish Industry; the Law
Society of London; the House of Lords; as well as keynote presentations
for Microsoft in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina,
Chile, Costa Rica, among many others.