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Argentina: Challenges and Opportunities Post Covid and Post Default

Roque Fernández

Roque Fernández

Mr. Fernández holds a Ph. D., Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 1975. He also holds the degree of Doctor en Ciencias Económicas. Departamento de Economía. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Argentina, 1972. Fellowships include: The University of Chicago, Department of Economics, Latin-American Fund. Ford Fundation, 1972 – 1973; Organization of American States, Fellowship for graduate studies in Economics, 1974 – 1975).

He is the President of the Board of Directors of Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos de Argentina since 1986, and served as Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance at the Center since 1978, Research Director in 1978 – 1980, and Managing Director, 1980 – 1984.

From 1996 to 1999 he served as Minister of Economy and Public Works and Services. At the Banco Central de la República Argentina he served as Vicepresident (1989), Director (1990) and President (1991-1996). He has also served as World Bank Consultant, Financial Development Division, Industry Department. Research Department and Area Departments, since 1981. He was Visiting Professor, Macroeconomics at the University of Southern California, Department of Economics,1985 – 1987. He was Visiting Professor of Macroeconomics and International Economic Integration at Florida International University, Department of Economics, 1984. He also worked at the International Monetary Fund, Financial Sudies Division, Research Department (1977 – 1978) and Western Hemisphere Department (1976 – 1977); United Nations, Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Planning, Expert in General Economic Policy, 1975 – 1976; Universidad de Chile. Instituto de Economía. Profesor de Econometría, 1976; Universidad Católica de Chile. Instituto de Economía, Profesor de Macroeconomía y Econometría, 1975 – 1976; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas; Investigador Instituto de Matemática y Estadística, 1969 – 1972; Ministerio de Desarrollo, Gobierno de Córdoba, Jefe de Departamento de Proyectos de Desarrollo. Mr. Fernández authored the following books: Inflación y Estabilidad: El Tipo de Cambio como Instrumento de Estabilización. Joint authorship with Carlos A. Rodriguez. Ediciones Macchi, 1982. Crecer en Libertad: Ensayos en Economía Política. Ediciones el Cronista Comercial, 1987. El Populismo en Argentina y en el Mundo, jointly edited with Emilio Ocampo, CLARIDAD, Ediciones Ucema. He has also published many papers in highly prestigious reviews, newspapers and magazines.

Ricardo López Murphy

Ricardo Lopez Murphy

Leading Authority in Economics and Latin American Affairs.

Professor Ricardo Lopez Murphy is probably best known as a former consultant with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund whose vision and foresight as Argentina’s Finance Minister found support from a large section of the International Business Community.

With a long history of experience in the financial world Professor López Murphy began his prestigious career at the Ministry of Economics in 1975 before becoming chief advisor for the Central Bank of Argentina and shortly thereafter advisor to the Central Bank of Uruguay. In 1984 he became a consultant with the IMF, IDB, UNDP and the World Bank.

During his political career he was Minister of Defense (1999-2001) and briefly Minister of Economy (2001) for the Federal Government of Argentina. He was presidential candidate in two opportunities.

He was Senior Economist at the Latin American Economic Research Foundation. He was professor of economics in the University of La Plata, University of San Andrés and UCEMA in Argentina. He was also professor of economics in the University of Montevideo and in the University of República in Uruguay. He was also professor of economics in the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland.

His topics include: Monetary Policy, Economic and Fiscal Policy Making, Latin American Economic Perspective, Argentinian Economy, The World Bank Policies in Latin America, Privatization and De-regulation.

Vicente Massot

Vicente Massot

Mr. Massot is a political analyst and historian. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He is a member of the National Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. He is the former executive director of the newspaper “La Nueva Provincia” (Bahia Blanca) and was Associate Professor of the Doctoral Program in Political Science at (UCA). During 1993 he served as State Secretary of Defense. He has published fourteen books, mostly on Argentine political history. His most recent book is “Bismarck y la realpolitik” released in 2019.

Luis Tonelli

Luis Tonelli

Mr. Tonelli is a political analyst and university professor. He has a graduate degree in Political Science from Universidad del Salvador (Argentina) and a PhD in Political Science from Oxford University. Since 1985 he teaches political science at universities in Argentine and abroad. Between 2010 and 2016 he was elected three times Head of the Political Science Department at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). He served as General Secretary of the Presidency under the administration of Raúl Alfonsín (1983-1989) and as Strategic Plannig Director of the Ministry of Economy during the Presidency of Fernando De la Rúa (1999-2001). He held the University of Salamanca’s Chair of Argentine Studies, received the Chevening Scholarship for Advanced Studies in the UK and was a scholar at the US State Department. He is currently a Professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA).

Ricardo A. Torres

Mr. Ricardo A. Torres

Mr. Ricardo Torres is one of the four founding shareholders of Pampa Energía, the largest independent integrated energy company in Argentina.

Mr. Torres has been a member of Pampa’s board of directors since November 2005 and serves as Senior Vice-president since 2017. Prior to that post, he served as Co-CEO of Pampa until December 2016. He also serves as Chairman of the board and CEO of Edenor since March 2012.

Prior to Pampa, Mr. Torres was a managing partner at Darwin Inversiones, member of the board and CFO of IRSA since 1993 until 2001, a leading real estate company in Argentina. Mr. Torres has also held a post as a professor of Tax and Finance at the School of Economics of Buenos Aires University.

Born in 1958, Mr. Torres is a Certified Public Accountant graduated from the Buenos Aires University and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Austral University’s Business School.

Also, Mr. Torres is an active advocate in education through Fundación Pampa and Fundación Diciembre charity organizations and participates as a member of NGO Fundación Observatorio Argentinos por la Educación.

Juan José Aranguren

Juan José Aranguren

Current Director of ENERGY Consilium, an energy consulting company.

Director of Studies, Master in Sustainable Energy Development at the Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires (ITBA). Mr. Aranguren served as Energy and Mining Minister of the Argentine Republic from December 2015 until June 2018.

He worked at Shell for 37 years, holding positions in Argentina, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In 2003 he was appointed President of Shell Argentina and Vice President of Shell for Latin America until his retirement on 2015. He was President of the Chamber of the Petroleum Industry from 2001 to 2005.

In 2008, the Konex Foundation awarded him with the Merit Diploma and the Konex Platinum Prize as industry leader of the previous decade. In 2009, he was avowed as “Business Leader of the year for the industrial sector” by the local Association of Business Leaders and, in 2013, he was named Argentina´s CEO of the year after a poll carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers, “El Cronista” Newspaper and “Apertura Magazine” In April 2014 he was named the CEO of the year as a result of a ballot among his peer group conducted by Ernst &Young.

Alejandro Corbacho

Alejandro Corbacho

Mr. Corbacho is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) of the University of Connecticut, United States and a member of the Advisory Council of the TAEDA Foundation, Argentina.

He is a specialist in international relations, comparative political analysis, international security and defense, diplomatic and military history. He was a Fulbright, Ford and CONICET fellow. He developed research at the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, CEDES and the University of San Andrés.

He served as a professor at different universities: University of San Andrés, University of Buenos Aires, University of Salvador and at the Military College of the Nation. He was Academic Secretary of the Political Science Degree at the University of Buenos Aires and advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the project "History of Foreign Relations of the Argentine Republic".

Mr. Corbacho has a Degree in Political Science, Universidad del Salvador, Master of Arts in Political Science and Certificate of Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Connecticut.

Juan Battaleme

Juan Battaleme

BA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Master of Arts in International Politics from the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO) Master of Arts in State Sciences (UCEMA), Associate Professor on International Relation Theory and Technological Impact in International Politics (UBA), Associate Professor in International Politics, and International Security (UCEMA) Academic Head of The Argentinean Council on Foreign Relations (CARI) Professor at the Navy War College on International Relations and Naval Strategy and Air War college Geopolitics and Scenario planning. Chevening Fellow and Fulbright Fellow in International Politics and Security. Former Master Degree Director at National Defense University (2018-2019). Author on International Politics, Defense, Cyberpolicy articles in specialized journals.

Emilio Ocampo

Emilio Ocampo

Emilio Ocampo, 56, is a professor of finance and economic history at UCEMA since 2006. He is also an independent consultant with a career in finance that spans over a quarter of century during which held senior positions at Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers and Chase Manhattan Bank in London and New York. In 2013 and 2014 he taught an emerging market finance course at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Ocampo is a member of the academic committee of graduate finance program at UCEMA and leads UCEMA’s fundraising efforts. He is the author and/or co-editor of ten books and numerous articles on finance, history and economics and a regular contributor of op-ed columns in La Nación and Clarin, Argentina’s leading newspapers. He has been actively involved in several not-for-profit and academic initiatives in Argentina and abroad. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Fundación Libertad y Progreso, a public policy think tank based in Buenos Aires. During 2016-2020 he was a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington D.C.). From mid 2007 until late 2012 he was Chairman of the Board of Help Argentina, a not for profit foundation. Mr. Ocampo has an MBA degree from the Booth Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago (1990) and a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (1985).