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H.E. Jorge Fernando Quiroga

Former President, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Jorge Quiroga is a former President of Bolivia. He held the position of Leader of Opposition in 2006-2010, Woodrow Wilson Scholar in 2002-2003, president of Bolivia in 2001-2002, vice president and president of Congress in 1997-2001, minister of finance in 1992 and Vice Minister of Planning for Public Investment and International Cooperation in 1990-1992. In the private sector, he has worked as vice president, board member and shareholder of a large private bank in La Paz (1993-1997); with Mintec in the mining sector in Bolivia (1989-1990); as a systems engineer with IBM in Texas (1981-1988); as a university calculus teaching assistant (1980-1981); and several others.

He is active in international organizations, including roles as the vice president of “Club de Madrid” with almost 100 former heads of state and government; on the boards of the “Interamerican Dialogue” and “Results for Development-R4D” in Washington D.C.; as a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Economic Club; and in different capacities on the “Global Adaptation Institute”, the “Foro Iberoamericano” and many others. Since 2002, he has presided over FUNDEMOS, a Bolivian public policy foundation.

His areas of expertise include: management of international aid and cooperation for developing countries; macroeconomic policy, constitutional, legal and Institutional reforms; private and official external debt restructuring and relief; programs to reduce drug trafficking and cocaine production; and broadly in Latin American public policy, trade, economics, finance and banking, integration, politics and development issues.

Quiroga holds a Summa Cum Laude B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from St. Edwards’s University, Texas. He has four children. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and has basic knowledge of Portuguese.