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H.E. Sebastián Piñera

Former President, The Republic of Chile

Bio Current as of November 22, 2023

He was born in Santiago, Chile on December 1, 1949. He graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as a Commercial Engineer with a major in Economics and also holds a Master’s degree and a PhD from Harvard University. He has been President of the Republic of Chile twice 2010-2014 and 2018-2022.

He is married to Cecilia Morel and they have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. Former President Piñera was a professor at the Faculty of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and at the Business School of Valparaíso. He has also served as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), consultant to the World Bank and worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

In the early eighties he created Bancard, giving Chileans access to this new means of payment and credit system. She has been a shareholder in various companies and created several foundations such as Mujer Emprende and Futuro, to help develop female entrepreneurship and promote education and culture. He also created the Tantauco Park (295 acres) on the south coast of the island of Chiloé to protect and develop the environment.

Sebastián Piñera was first elected President of Chile for the 2010-2014 term. His government allowed Chile to continue its steady progress in building a society of opportunities, real guarantees and solid values, such as respect for life, liberty, personal and family responsibility, diversity and care for the environment. At the end of his term in 2014, he devoted most of his time to Fundación Avanza Chile, an institution that promotes the debate of ideas and public policies to expand opportunities for all Chileans.

During his second administration, he worked to boost investment and the economy and thus lead Chile towards development. Likewise, he promoted, among other matters, the increase of national security and instituted a wide-ranging reform to intensify the protection of children. During the year 2020, he led the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, being one of the first countries in the world to start vaccinating its population. Different international organizations have recognized Chile and President Piñera for his great management during the most complicated years of Coronavirus.

In March 2023, together with a group of Ibero-American heads and former heads of state, he founded the Liberty and Democracy Group, with the aim of promoting the strengthening of freedom and democracy in the countries of the region.