Renowned Colombian economist José Antonio Ocampo combines a rare mix of skills and experience in both academia and high-level political responsibilities at global, regional and national levels.
José Antonio Ocampo has served as Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia, Minister of Agriculture, Director of the National Planning Department, Director of Colombia's main think-tanks on economic issues Fedesarrollo and the Center for Economic Development Studies CEDE, Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes, and Professor of Economic History at Universidad Nacional.
He also served as the United Nations' Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs from 2003 to 2007, producing a wide range of research and analytical work on development issues, leading the follow-up to major summits and conferences and providing substantive and organizational support to the United Nation's Economic and Social Council ECOSOC and General Assembly.
He also chaired the organization's Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs and served as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ECLAC. Since 2007 he is a Professor at the School of International Affairs and Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.
He has authored or edited over 30 books, has directed more than 20 institutional reports, and has published over 200 scholarly articles on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history. His recent books include "Stability with Growth: macroeconomics, liberalization and development", co-authored by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz.
José Antonio Ocampo holds degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D in Economics from Yale University. He has been a visiting Professor at Cambridge, Oxford and Yale, and has received a number of personal honors and distinctions including the Alejandro Angel Escobar Science Award.