July 31, 2020
Webinar: Chilean Pension System Reform: Economic and Financial Effects
Guest speakers Claudio Soto (Santander Bank), Paulina Yazigi (Chilean Sovereign Fund Financial Committee) and Moderator Axel Christensen ( BlackRock)
Friday, July 31st | 1:30- 2:30 PM
Claudio Soto is the chief economist of Banco Santander Chile. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from New York University (NYU). Before joining Santander, he served as the main Macroeconomic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, and lead the macroeconomic analysis division of the Central Bank of Chile. He has also been member of the National Productivity Commission. Mr. Soto teaches macroeconomics and monetary policy at the University of Chile, and has been a consultant to different central banks in Europe and Latin America. He has several publications in academic journals and book chapters.
Paulina Yazigi is an economist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Masters in Macroeconomics from the same university. She also holds a master’s degree in Mathematics in Finance from the New York University. Mrs. Yazigi currently works as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for the family office Nogaleda Inversiones. Previously, she served as CIO and Head of Fixed Income Research and Economics in Credicorp Capital, Chile, and held different positions in New York at BBVA and Compass Group. She has taught various courses at the Adolfo Ibáñez University since 2012. Mrs. Yazigi was appointed as a member of the Sovereign Wealth Funds' Financial Committee in August 2018, and board member in Redbanc in April 2019.
Axel Christensen 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.
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