2023 Money and Banking Conference
Challenges for the macroeconomic and financial stability in the current international context



Miguel Ángel Pesce

Miguel Ángel Pesce has served as President of the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA, by its acronym in Spanish) since December 2019. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the School of Economic Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1981-1987). He was President of Banco de la Provincia de Tierra del Fuego (2015-2019), Director in YPF SA (2019) and Vice President of the BCRA (2004-2015). Moreover, he chaired the Fondo Fiduciario para la Reconstrucción de Empresas (Trust Fund for Reconstruction of Companies) and was the Representative of the Ministry of Economy and Production at the BCRA (2003-2004), Minister of Economy in Santiago del Estero during the federal intervention, and Trustee for the Nation (2004).

He served as Secretary of the Treasury and Finance (2001-2003) and Under Secretary of Financial Management and Administration in the City of Buenos Aires (1998-2001). He was Advisor to the Committees on Finance, and on Budget and Treasury in the House of Representatives of Argentina (1984-1989).

Adrián Armas

Adrián Armas has been the Central Manager of Economic Studies at the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (CRBP) since March 2008. Between December 2017 and October 2018, Mr. Armas held the position of Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the Jurisdiction of the Southern Cone. He previously served as Manager of Economic Studies (August 2005 - February 2008), Deputy Manager of the Monetary Sector (September 1997 - August 2005) and Head of the Financial Analysis and Programming Department (February 1995 - August 1997) of the same Management Department. He was also an Analyst in this Department (April 1992 - February 1995) and from the External Sector Analysis Department (August 1986 - August 1990). He joined the CRBP in August 1986 as an Analyst for the Department of Analysis of the External Sector, after having occupied second place in the XXXIII Annual Course of CRBP University Extension.

Mr. Armas has taken various courses abroad. He holds a MA in Economics in Boston University, USA (1992) and completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad del Pacífico, Peru (1986). He also has experience as a university professor and has represented the Bank in national and international conferences on macroeconomic issues and central banking, and has published numerous monetary policy publications. Particularly, he published the book “Financial Dollarization: The political agenda”, edited with Alain Ize from the IMF and Eduardo Levy Yeyati from the University Torcuato Di Tella.

Gerardo Licandro

Gerardo Licandro is Manager of Economic Advisory at the Central Bank of Uruguay. He graduated as an Economist from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and holds a Master and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, USA. Prior to his current position, he worked as Manager of Economic Research, Head of the Research Department of the Central Bank of Uruguay and Senior Economist at the Research Department. Among his academic activities, he has been a professor at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, the University of Montevideo, the ORT University and the Catholic University of Uruguay. He currently works as a professor of Monetary Economics at the University of Montevideo. He has published various articles and books on monetary policy and financial issues.

Rolando Sergio Colque Soldado

Rolando Sergio Colque Soldado is Senior Economic Policy Advisor at the Central Bank of Bolivia (CBB). He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, he holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (Bolivia), and a Diploma in Applied Quantitative Economics from the Military School of Engineering (Bolivia) and a Diploma in Financial Administration from Businesses from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (Bolivia).

Professionally, he was Head of the Public Debt Unit (between 2012 and 2016) and General Director of Public Credit (between 2017 and 2018) in the Ministry of Economy and Public Finance. He worked as an Analyst in the Ministry of Finance (2006) and in the Vice Ministry of Finance (2007). He was also an Internal and External Debt Professional at the Ministry of Finance (between 2007 and 2009), a Debt Analysis Professional at the Ministry of Economy and Public Finance (2011), Professional in Planning of the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency (between 2019 and 2020) and Manager of Financial Institutions of the CBB (between 2021 and 2022).

Moreover, he taught at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (Bolivia), the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (Bolivia) and the Bolivian Technological University in the areas of Econometrics, Statistics and Probability, General Economics and Macroeconomics, among others. He published numerous academic papers and articles in different fields, including versions of the Meeting of Economists of Bolivia, which are newspapers of national and institutional circulation, and programmes organised by the Catholic University of Chile.

Germán Feldman

He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a MA degree in Economics from The University of San Andrés (Argentina). He also holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt am Main, Germany). Economic Research Deputy General Manager at the Central Bank of Argentina since January, 2020. Prior to his current position at the Bank, he was a member of the Board (2013-2016) and Superintendent of Financial and Foreign Exchange Institutions (2014-2015). Before working at the BCRA, he was an advisor at the Undersecretariat for Macroeconomic Programming, Ministry of Economy of Argentina (2012-2013).

He has written numerous papers on Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy and Economic Development. He holds a tenured position in Macroeconomics at the National University Arturo Jauretche (Argentina) and he coordinates the Macroeconomics and Development Financing Area of the Master’s Program in Economic Development at Interdisciplinary School of Advanced Social Studies (Argentina), where he also teaches Macroeconomics

Mario Cimoli

Mario Cimoli is Professorial Fellow, Institute of Economics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy).

Previously, he was Professor of Economics, University of Venice (1992-2018). Between 2017- 2022 was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He has also served at ECLAC as Director of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management, Officer in Charge of the Division of International Trade and Integration, Economic Chief of Unit of innovation and ICT and Economic Affairs Officer from 1999. He is Ph.D. (University of Sussex, UK, 1990) and had numerous publications in specialized economic journals.

Bertram Schefold

Bertram Schefold, born 1943 in Basel (Switzerland), studied in Munich, Hamburg and Basel from 1962 to 1967 and obtained diplomas in Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy. After doctoral studies in University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Basel, he took his Ph.D. in Economics 1971. He was Research Associate at Harvard University, USA, became Full Professor in the Faculty of Economics of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Germany, in 1974 and has been Senior Professor there since 2012. He was Theodor Heuss-Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York, in 1984 and has held numerous other visiting appointments. He published more than 40 books and 300 articles on economic theory, history of economic thought, energy policy and general economic policy.

Bertram Schefold received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Tübingen and Macerata, the Thomas-Guggenheim Prize and an Honorary Professorship from the University of Peking (2019). He is Honorary President of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (2004).

Beltrán de Ramón

Beltrán de Ramón has been the General Manager of the Central Bank of Chile since July 2021. De Ramón holds a degree in Economics and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

In 2005 he joined the Central Bank as Manager of Domestic Financial Markets. Between January 2008 and June 2021, he was the Manager of Financial Markets. Before joining the Central Bank of Chile, he was the Director of the Public Finance Division of the Ministry of Finance. He also represented the Ministry of Finance as Advisor to the Public Enterprise System and was Director of the National Mining Company.

Between 1990 and 2002, he held various positions in oil company Copec S.A., such as Financial Analyst and Head of Treasury.

José Cantero Sienra

José Cantero Sienra is the current President of the Central Bank of Paraguay, from 2018 to 2023. Previously, he was member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Paraguay (2017- 2018). He is a university professor, with experience in public and private universities, and held management and leadership positions.

He graduated in Political and Economic Science at the University of Kansas, USA, and he also holds MA degrees in International Finance and Economic Policy from the University of Illinois, USA.

He has published books on economic history, economics and critical thinking.

Ásgeir Jónsson

Ásgeir Jónsson became Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland in August 2019. He previously held the position of Head of Faculty of Economics at the University of Iceland and has an extensive experience in the public and the financial sector.

Born in 1970, Governor Jónsson holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Iceland, and a PhD in Economics from Indiana University, USA. His main areas of interest are monetary policy in open economies, international finance and economic history.

Governor Jónsson has written a number of scholarly papers and books on monetary policy, economic history and economic affairs. He has also written numerous articles for public consumption as well as policy reports. He has worked as an advisor in the public and private sector and steered a numer of key policy committees.

Furthermore, he has published two scholarly books abroad on the Icelandic banking crisis of 2008; of its causes, the onfall and the post-crisis reconstruction of the financial sector.