World Bank Economist to Lecture at Willamette

Augusto de la Torre, World Bank regional financial sector advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, will discuss "Financial Globalization: Unequal Blessings" Friday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Paulus Lecture Hall, Room 201, of the Willamette University College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since1997, de la Torre has provided technical and conceptual leadership to World Bank financial sector operations in the region and is actively involved in the joint IMF-World Bank Financial Sector Assessment Program. He also works closely with the Office of the Chief Economist for the Latin American and the Caribbean region.

He headed the Central Bank of Ecuador from 1993-96. In November 1996, he was chosen by Euromoney Magazine as the year's "Best Latin Central Banker." He is a member of the Carnegie Network of Economic Reformers.

From 1986 to 1992 he was an economist with the International Monetary Fund and during 1991-92 was the IMF's resident representative in Venezuela.

De la Torre earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Willamette University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Notre Dame and holds a Licenciatura in philosophy from the Catholic University of Ecuador.