Augusto Lopez-Claros became the Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group in March 2011. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was the editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum he was Executive Director with Lehman Brothers (London) and Senior International Economist. He was the International Monetary Fund’s resident representative in the Russian Federation during 1992-95.
Before joining the IMF, he was professor of economics at the University of Chile in Santiago. Lopez-Claros was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He is a much sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think tanks. In 2007 he was co-editor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and also The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He is the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2009-2010: Strengthening Innovation for the Prosperity of Nations, published by Palgrave in November of 2009.