Guillermo Perry Profile

  • The former Minister of Finance of Colombia, Perry is one of the world's foremost authorities on economic and energy policy in Latin America.

  • Equipped with extensive global experience, Perry served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank for a decade.

  • Perry has lent his policy and corporate finance expertise to numerous national governments, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the Harvard Institute for International Development.
  • One of the most trusted authorities on Latin America, Guillermo Perry provides in-depth analysis of the region’s economic and energy policies, and how they play into the greater world economy. Perry is the former Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. Prior to that, he served in numerous government positions in his native Colombia, such as Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia, Minister of Mining and Energy, and Director of National Taxes.

    Perry has advised several national governments, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the Harvard Institute for International Development on public finances and energy policy. His extensive research and published articles address key challenges in macroeconomics, international finance, and stimulating sustainable growth in developing countries. Perry has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and currently lectures at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

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      Former Chief Economist at the World Bank

      (1996 – 2007)
      Guillermo Perry is a professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington D.C, an advisor to the President of CAF Development Bank of Latin America, and serves on several Boards, including the Global Development Network, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Latin American Advisory Board), FEDESARROLLO and Banco de Bogotá.

      He has served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank (1996 – 2007), Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia (1994 – 1996), Minister of Mining and Energy (1986 – 1988), Director of National Taxes (1974 – 1976), and as Director of Colombia’s leading economic think-tanks Fedesarrollo and the Center for Economic Development Studies CEDE. He was also a member of the Senate (1990) and a member of the Constitutional Assembly (1991).

      He has been a a visiting professor at the Kennedy School at Harvard University (2010-2011) and visiting Fellow at Oxford University in 1971. He has also been an advisor to several governments in Latin America, Asia, Central Europe and Africa in public finances and energy policy issues.

      He was managing partner at Mejía, Millán & Perry, a consulting firm in economic and energy policy, and has published numerous articles on topics such as fiscal, financial and energy policy, macroeconomics and international finance in a variety of international journals. Guillermo Perry holds an Engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes and undertook Ph.D studies in Economics and Operational Research at MIT from 1968 to 1973.

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    Guillermo Perry's Speech Descriptions

    Economic and global affairs expert, Guillermo Perry offers an insider’s look at the challenges and opportunities in Latin American markets. Equipped with over four decades of hands-on experience, Perry’s insights and trusted analyses of geopolitical conditions and economic policy allow organizations to implement the best practices so that they can operate successfully in an era of uncertainty.

    Mr. Perry speaks on the following themes:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economy and politics
  • Economic Situation
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Developing economies in Colombia and Latin America

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    Books by Guillermo Perry:

    Beyond Lending

    When he began this book in early 2008, Guillermo Perry argued that developing countries remained highly vulnerable to external risks such as commodity price declines, capital flow reversals, and natural disasters. The economic crisis that has since ensued confirmed Perry’s analysis. It has also made his proposal more important than ever: multilateral development banks (MDBs) should move beyond lending to provide innovative risk-management tools for developing countries to manage volatility. The risk that MDBs will fall into complacency as the short-term demand for traditional loans increases during the crisis should not deter innovations to ensure long-term stability.


    1. Causes and Consequences of High Volatility in Developing Countries

    2. The Role of Financial Insurance and Hedging

    3. Dealing with Liquidity Shocks and the Procyclicality of Private Capital Flows

    4. Dealing with Currency Risks

    5. Dealing with Commodity Price, Terms of Trade, and Output Risks

    6. Dealing with Natural Disaster Risks

    7. Why Multilateral Development Bank Practices Are So Far from Their Potential

    8. An Agenda Going Forward

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