José De Gregorio

Board Member


Has a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Chile since December of 2011. In 2001 he became involved in the central bank, where he worked as a consultant until 2003, when he became the vice president. In 2007, until 2011 he was the president of the central bank of Chile. From 2000 to 2001, he was a ‘tri-minister’, heading simultaneously the Ministries of Economy, Mining and Energy..

He has received a number of awards during his professional career, including the Banker magazine prize, a branch of the financial times; which he was awarded in 2008 as best president of the Latin American Central Bank. He was also awarded in 2007 the ‘civil industrial engineer of the year’ award by the alumni association of the University of Chile; additionally as the ‘economist of the year’ in 2011 by Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

From 1997 to 2000 he was the professor and director of graduate studies at the economic centre at the University of Chile, where since 1994 he has been teaching international and macroeconomics. Additionally Mr. De Gregorio has been a member of the executive board of the Latin American Economics Doctorate Programme led by ITAM in Mexico, Torcuato di Tella Univeristy, and the University of Chile.

From 1990 to 1994 he worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) research department, and later went on to work as the coordinator of economic policy for the ministry of finance in Chile from 1994-1997.

He has worked as a consultant for international organizations, including the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations, as well as foreign companies. He was a visiting researcher at the IMF and the World Bank and a visiting professor at the Anderson School at UCLA (University of California – Los Angeles). Between 1983 and 1986 he worked as a researcher at CIEPLAN (Corporation for Latin American Economic Research). He is currently a board member of various companies, including Andina S.A., CSAV S.A. and Intervial-Ruta del Maipo S.A.

He has taught Macroeconomics and International Finance in both undergraduate and graduate programmes at the University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, MIT and UCLA.

He graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in civil engineering, and a masters in engineering, where he received the Marcos Orrego Puelma award for the best graduate of his class. He also holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

De Gregorio has written two books, more than 100 papers, and has published works in international academic journals on monetary policy, exchange rates, international finance and economic growth. He has worked as an independent evaluator and has been a member of editorial boards in a number of academic journals. Additionally, he was a member of the executive committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and co-director of the Organizer Committee of the annual LACEA meeting in 1999.