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Rodrigo de Rato
Former Director General of the IMF
Managing Director of the IMF, former Vice President for Economic Affairs and Minister of the Economy for the Government of Spain from 1996 until 2004, Rodrigo de Rato is one of the most prestigious personalities on the international scene; responsible for Spain’s prosperity and stability in the past ten years, with economic measures such as the introduction of the Euro.
Mr. de Rato holds a PhD. in Economy and studied Law at Madrid’s Complutense University and Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley before becoming Secretary General of the Popular Parliamentary Group.
In his capacity as Minister of the Economy, Mr. de Rato was at the helm of the Spanish economy for eight years and is considered by many to have played a major part in Spain’s recent economic growth. During that period he was also Governor for Spain on the Boards of Governors of the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He regularly attended the European Union′s Economics and Finance Ministers meetings. He represented the EU at the Group of Seven Finance Ministers meetings in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002, when Spain held the EU Presidency of the Ministers Council on the occasion of the birth of the Euro.
During his duty for the IMF, from 2004 to 2007, he promoted a strong international financial system, as well as a fight against poverty in order to respond effectively to the challenges of globalisation and to increase the role of the IMF in emergent economies throughout the world.
Mr. de Rato captivates audiences with a rich personality and great communication skills, and with an unquestionable knowledge of world economy and markets, that make him one of the most requested international speakers.
His concern and interest in undeveloped countries is focused to improve conditions of the poorest people in the world and these efforts have been very well considered by a great number of world leaders.
At the moment he is Senior Managing Director of Bank Lazard, Member of the Criteria Management Board (La Caixa), Member of the Management Board of Banco de Santander, Member of the Management Board of Teatro Real in Madrid and Member of the Management Board of the Centre for Public Policy of Alcalá de Henares University.
• The challenge of world globalisation.