New chief development economist

OECD Observer

The OECD Development Centre has appointed Javier Santiso as their new chief economist. Mr Santiso, a Spanish and French national, took up his post on 1 December 2005.

Educated at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and St Anthony’s College, Oxford, and later at the HEC School of Management in France and the IESE Business School in Spain, he worked at the Latin American Centre at Oxford University in 1995 before becoming research fellow at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po. He has also served as a senior expert on Latin America for Crédit Agricole Indosuez (now Calyon) before becoming chief economist for Latin America and emerging markets at the Madrid-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in 2002.

Mr Santiso has edited journals, including Problèmes d’Amérique latine, and is the author of over 30 articles on international economic and political relations. His most recent book is Latin America’s Political Economy of the Possible: Beyond Good Revolutionaries and Free Marketeers (also published in French, Amérique latine : révolutionnaire, libérale, pragmatique, Paris, Autrement, 2005).

©OECD Observer No 254, March 2006

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