Economist with relevant experience in the analysis of public policies in economic development issues, public and subnational finance and fiscal descentralizacion. Master of Science degree in Economics and Finance at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) developed under the European Programme for Advanced Studies in Economics.
For several years, Ximena was a senior advisor in economic and development issues for Bolivian public institutions as the Ministry of Iternal Affairs, Ministry for the Precidency, Ministry of Autonomies, among others. In this context, she was technical coordinator for different government initiaives aimed to strengthen the social dialoge about selected key public policies, under platforms as the “Agenda Patriótica del Bicentenario 2025” (2013) or the “Encuentro Plurinacional para Profundizar el Cambio” (2011 – 2012). Commissioned by the Minitry of Autonomies, she conducted studies, propossals and a wide dialogue and consensus strategy, related with the economic and financial system for the subnational governments established under the Constitution passed in 2009. She has at least ten years of experience in planning and implementing programms of capacity building and State reforms, in particular related with public finance, subnational debt and fiscal descentralization topics, working for development aid offical institutions as the German Cooperation Agency, World Bank, United Nations¢ projects and CEPAL. Ximena also has national and international experience related with state and subnational public debt strategies (i.e. Bolivia, United Kingdom, Nicaragua), and portfolio management of public and private securities (Spain), being author of empirical papers in these areas.
Ph.D in Economics and Social Sciences from the Valencian Polytechnic University Ph.D in Economics and Company Administration from the Bolivian Private University MSc in Economics from the University of Chile M.A. in International Business and Comerce from the Bolivian Private University
B.A in Economics from San Pablo Catholic University of Bolivia
He was researcher in the Economics Department of the University of Chile and for the Chilean Science and Technology Research Fund. He has worked as an international consultant for the Promotion of Education Reform in Latin America and the Carribean Program (PREAL), the Interamerican Development Bank (BID), the United Nations World Food Program (PMA) and the Support Unit of Canadian Cooperation Services. In Bolivia he has been education consultant for the Bolivian Government, Managing Executive and Senior Economist of the National Institute of Statistics and Board memeber of NAFIBO ST. His academic profession has consisted of being an invited professor of Masters programs at the Universidad Mayor de Andrés and Simon Bolivia Andian University (Sucre), as well as speaker at various conferences and academic meetings at both a national and international level. He is currently Dean of Campus La Paz, professor of economics and Academic Director of the Economics doctorate of the Bolivian Private University. He has published a number of articles in nacional and international magazines.
Master in Business Administration from the Bolivian Catholic University, with a degree in Economics from the University of Kansas, USA, where he also obtained the Civil Engineering degree. He has been in charge of the General Management of some of the most important construction companies in Bolivia and has developed - from conception to implementation - multi-million dollar business and industrial projects related to road infrastructure. He has extensive international experience in the implementation of road programs, with the execution and supervision of several highways stretches, among those the "Carretera Longitudinal del Norte" in El Salvador stands out - with a total of 192km of paved roads and 1450m of bridges, a total of 260 million dollars financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the USA - and a rehabilitation program for 72km of highways of the road network in Belize, financed by the European Union.
He has been a Manager of multidisciplinary consulting projects in the areas of corporate and institutional restructuring, financing of infrastructure projects, evaluation of projects, opinion studies and others. He has also been a member of the board of several public limited companies in the country. In the Bolivian public sector, he has held the positions of Under Secretary of Commerce and General Director of Internal Taxes. He has several publications on issues of public investment, road infrastructure, taxation and others.