Andres Velasco is a professor of professional practice in international development at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. From 2006 to 2010, Velasco served as finance minister of Chile under President Michelle Bachelet. He served as Sumitomo- FASID professor of international finance and development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2000 to 2011. Velasco has published works on economic development, international economics, and political economy, and has recently written on the causes of financial crises in emerging markets. He served as chief of staff to Chile’s finance minister between 1990 and 1992, international finance coordinator between 1992 and 1994, and North American Free Trade Agreement negotiator in 1995.
Velasco holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University and MA and BA degrees from Yale University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Harvard and MIT from 1994 to 1995.