Andrés Velasco

Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme


Andrés Velasco is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Research Fellow at CEPR in London.

In 2017-18 he was a member of the G20 Eminent Persons Group. During 2015-16 he co-chaired the Global Panel on the Future of the Multilateral Lending Institutions. In 2013-16 he served as member of the Global Oceans Commission. He writes a monthly column on international affairs and development in Project Syndicate.

Andrés ran for president of Chile in 2013, and he was the Minister of Finance of Chile between March 2006 and March 2010. During his tenure he was recognized as Latin American Finance Minister of the Year by several international publications. His work to save Chile’s copper windfall and create a rainy-day fund was highlighted in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, among many others.

In 2013-17 he served as Professor of Professional Practice in International Development at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. In 2000-06 he was SumitomoFASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier he was Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

Andrés is also the founder of SCL Partners, an economics and finance advisory firm based in Santiago, Chile. He has advised governments, central banks, global businesses and multilateral financial institutions.

He received a B.A. in economics and philosophy and an M.A. in international relations from Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrés is the author of nearly one hundred academic articles, several academic books and two novels. He was president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) from 2005 to 2007. In February 2006 he received the Award for Excellence in Research from the Inter-American Development Bank.

He is married to Consuelo Saavedra, a journalist and television anchorwoman. They have three children: Rosa, Ema and Gaspar.

Past experience

2000-2006 Harvard Kennedy School
2011-2017 SIPA Columbia University
2018-2020 School of Public Policy, LSE