Colombian economist Juan Carlos Echeverry is widely regarded by international media as the best Minister of Finance in Latin America during his tenure from 2010 to 2012.
As Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia from 2010 to 2012, Juan Carlos Echeverry achieved for the country superior investment grades from the top credit rating agencies in the world - Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch Ratings. After an impressive run, he was selected as the country's representative to the Inter-American Development Bank in 2013.
He has served as Director of National Planning, Co-director of the 2002 fiscal adjustment plan team, Dean of the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank; additionally he served on the boards of the National Federation of Coffee Growers, Empresa de Energía de Bogotá, Celsia, Ecopetrol, and the Bank of the Republic of Colombia.
He's also been a consultant to the country's regulatory commissions on energy, telecommunications, aqueduct and sewerage, creator of the "Informe de Precios del Banco de la República", and sponsor to nation-wide social programs such as "Familias en Acción" and "Supérate con el Deporte y el Saber" - in which over a million Colombian youngsters participated.
He's been selected as the best Minister of Finance in Latin America by AméricaEconómia Magazine, the best Minister of Economics in the Americas by Emerging Markets, and the best Minister of Finance in the Americas by Financial Times; additionally, he was selected as the best Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and the best lecturer at New York University.
Juan Carlos Echeverry holds a degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes, a specialization in International Economics from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany), a post-graduate degree in Philosophy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), and a Ph.D in Economics from New York University. He has more than 28 years of experience as a keynote speaker and his presentations often end with a standing ovation.