May 28, 2020
Webinar: COVID-19: recovering using ESG strategies
with Axel Christensen and Eric Parrado; Moderator: Igal Magendzo, Partner and Chief Economist at Pacific Research
DATE: May 28
TIME: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
is Chief Investment Strategist for Latin America for BlackRock. He is also a member of the Latin America Executive Committee. Mr. Christensen's service with the firm dates back to 2009, including time with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in December, 2009. Prior to joining the firm, he was Chief Executive Officer for Cruz del Sur Inversiones, the financial services unit of largest industrial group in Chile, from 2008 to 2009. From 2002 to 2007, he was Partner and Managing Director at Moneda Asset Management, the largest independent asset management firm in Chile. Mr. Christensen also was the Chief Investment Officer at AFP Cuprum, one of Chile's largest pension fund managers, from 1997 to 2002. Between 1992 and 1997, he also held positions at Citicorp, McKinsey and Banco de Santiago. Mr. Christensen currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council on Capital Reform for Chile's Finance Ministry. He has also been a member of the Presidential Committee for Pension Reform in 2006, as well as an advisor to the World Bank and to the Finance Ministry and Securities regulator in Chile. He was nominated to the Global Young Leaders program of the World Economic Forum in 2008. Mr. Christensen earned an industrial engineering degree (with distinction) from the Catholic University of Chile in 1992 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1996, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Eric Parrado is Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since March 2019. Before joining the IDB, he was a professor of economics and finance at the ESE Business School of the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Parrado is a visiting professor at Oxford University and the Central European University, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems. From 2014 to 2018 he was the Superintendent of Banks and Financial Institutions in Chile, where he promoted reforms such as the modernization of banking legislation and the creation of new instruments for financial inclusion.Between 2011 and 2014, he was advisor to the Financial Committee that counsels the Ministry of Finance on the investment policy of Chile's sovereign wealth funds and professor at the Adolfo Ibáñez University. Between 2007 and 2010, he was International Finance Coordinator of the Chilean Ministry of Finance, managing Chile's sovereign wealth funds and playing a key role in the development and promotion of best practices—known internationally as the Santiago Principles —for the world's sovereign wealth funds. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Senior Economist and Financial Stability Manager at the Central Bank of Chile and, from 2001 to 2004, as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund.In 2018, ComunidadMujer distinguished Mr. Parrado as a leader in gender equality for his work on the empowerment and economic self-reliance of women in Chile. In 2016, he was admitted to the Circle of Honor of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Chile. In 2011, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; in 2009, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Americas Business Council named him as one of a new generation of leaders in the Americas.In his career, Mr. Parrado has focused on monetary, fiscal and financial policy, advising central banks on managing inflation targeting regimes and implementing sovereign wealth funds in several countries. He has also written several academic articles on monetary policy, fiscal policy and sovereign wealth funds.Mr. Parrado, a Chilean national, has a degree in commercial engineering from the University of Chile and holds a master's and doctorate in economics from New York University.
Dr. Magendzo is a partner and chief economist at Pacifico Macroeconomia y Finanzas
. As Macroeconomic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, he coordinated economic policy during Michelle Bachelet’s first administration, helping to formulate the policies that contributed to the sound financial structure enjoyed by Chile today. Prior to serving at the Finance Ministry, Dr. Magendzo was Manager of Macroeconomic Analysis at the Central Bank, where he provided input for and participated in Central Bank monetary policy meetings. While at the Central Bank, he also headed the modeling and forecasting division. Dr. Magendzo has taught at University Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago and has written for numerous international financial journals on topics such as currency unions, dollarization, currency pegs and monetary transmission mechanisms. He was Chief Economist for Latin America at Itau-AM, and has advised and consulted for the IMF, IADB and the World Bank. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
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