Guillermo Perry was Professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia; Non-Resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington D.C; and member of several Boards, among them GDN, Woodrow Wilson Institute (Latin American Advisory Board), FEDESARROLLO and Banco de Bogotá. He was Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank (1996-2007) and held various positions in his home country, Colombia: Minister of Finance and Public Credit (1994 - 1996); Minister of Mines, and Energy (1986 - 1988); Member of the Constitutional Assembly (1991); Director of FEDESARROLLO (1988 - 1989) and the Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDE), (1972 – 1974). He has been a visiting professor at the Kennedy School at Harvard University (2010-2011) and Oxford University (1979-1980). Prof. Perry was also the author or coauthor of more than 20 books and many articles on diverse development issues: growth, inequality, public finance, natural resources and trade. He was a PhD candidate in Economics from MIT (1970-1973).