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.
He was Executive President of CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina from December 1991 to March 2017. Prior to his election as President of CAF, he was Minister of Planning and Coordination and Head of the Economic and Social Cabinet of Bolivia between 1989 and 1991 and held senior positions in the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Financial Fund of the Basin , as well as Chairman of the CAF board of directors. He was also Deputy Secretary of Planning and a member of the board of the Central Bank of Bolivia in the 1970s.
In the academic field, he was a professor at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Universidad Católica, both in Bolivia. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and at the University of Havana, as well as a visiting visitor at the University of Oxford and Beijing Normal University and a professor at the José Bonifácio chair at the University of São Paulo. He is a full member of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences and of the Council of Science and Technology of the Bolivian Academy of Sciences. He has received doctorates and other honorary degrees from various universities internationally. It has publications at an international level on issues related to the development process and the role and importance of development banks, both multilateral and regional and national.
Mr. Garcia holds a BS in economics and political science and an MA in economics from St. Louis University. He has also done additional graduate study in economic development at American University.
He is currently President of the Council of International Relations of Latin America (RIAL), Co-president of the Ibero-American Council for Productivity and Competitiveness (CIPYC), President of the board of the Trust for the Americas and member of various boards and advisory boards of different institutions in Bolivia and internationally.