Jose De Gregorio is Full Professor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Chile. He was Governor of the Central Bank of Chile from 2007 until 2011. He was formerly Vice-Governor from 2003, and member of the Bank's Board from 2001. During 2000 and 2001, Mr. De Gregorio was Minister of the combined portfolios of Economy, Mining and Energy. Between 1997 and 2000 he was Professor and Head of Post-graduate Programs at the Center of Applied Economics at the University of Chile. He also served on the executive of the Latin American Doctoral Program in Economics, carried out jointly by Mexico’s ITAM, Torcuato di Tella University, Argentina, and the University of Chile.
From 1994 to 1997, he was Coordinator of Economic Policy at the Ministry of Finance, Chile. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as an Economist in the research department of the International Monetary Fund. He has been Visiting Scholar at the IMF and the World Bank, and Visiting Professor at the Anderson School, UCLA. During his professional life has received a number of honors and awards, such as “Central Banker of the Year in Latin America for 2008,” awarded by The Banker.
He has a degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Chile, where he received the Marcos Orrego Puelma award for the best graduate for his year. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1990. He has published extensively on issues including monetary policy, exchange rates, international finance and economic growth. He has served as a referee and member of editorial boards for several academic journals. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (Lacea).