José Antonio Ocampo is co-president of the IPD, professor of professional practice in the School of International and Public Affairs and Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, José served as the United Nations Under- Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and head of UNDESA, as executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and has held a number of high-level posts in the Government of Colombia, including minister of finance and public credit, director of the National Planning Department, and minister of agriculture. He is author or editor of over 30 books and has published over 200 scholarly articles on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

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