the 2017 academic year Augusto
Lopez-Claros is on leave from the World Bank as a Senior Fellow at the
Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From
2011 to 2017 he was the Director of the Global Indicators Group in DEC,
the unit leading the Bank's research and analytical work. The
Indicators Group is the department responsible for the Bank's Doing
Business report and other international benchmarking studies.
Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global
Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he
was also 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 worked for several years in the financial
sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the
International Monetary Fund's Resident Representative in the Russian
Federation during the 1990s.
Before joining the IMF, Lopez-Claros was a Professor of Economics at
the University of Chile in Santiago. He was educated in England and the
United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from
Cambridge University and a PhD 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 a coeditor of The International Monetary System,
the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and The
Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice,
both published by Palgrave. He was the editor of The Innovation for
Development Report 2010–2011: Innovation as a Driver of Productivity
and Economic Growth, published by Palgrave in November 2010. More
recent publications include: “Fiscal Challenges After the Global
Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014), “Removing Impediments
to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015) and
“The Moral Dimension of the Fight Against Corruption” (2017).