Alejandro Foxley

Member of the Chilean Senate

Leading Latin American Economist

Alejandro Foxley
English · Spanish

Alejandro Foxley is a Chilean economist and politician. In 1998 Alejandro Foxley was elected a member of the Senate of Chile for Santiago East. In the Senate he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee for four years until he stood down from the Senate in 2006. In March 2006 Alejandro Foxley was appointed as Foreign Minister. He resigned from this post 3 years later. He served as Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1994 and is regarded as one of the architects of the strong economic growth of the period.

Alejandro Foxley was appointed to the first Chilean cabinet after the restoration of democracy by Patricio Aylwin. As Finance Minister he was also a governor of the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. Following his period as Finance Minister he was elected leader of the Christian Democrat Party in 1994, serving until 1996.

From 1998 until 2002 Alejandro Foxley served as a member of the Carnegie Economic Reform Network (CERN), a distinguished group of former ministers and other senior policy makers who played key roles in advancing market-oriented economic reforms in developing and transitional economies.

From 1982 to 1989 he was Helen Kellogg Professor of Economics and International Development at the University of Notre Dame, and between 1973 and 1985 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego; MIT; Berkeley; Oxford; and the University of Sussex.

Alejandro Foxley has been honored by the governments of France (L’Ordre Nacional Legion d’Honneur), Peru (Orden Sol del Perú en el grado de Gran Cruz), Austria (Gran Croix de Premier Class), Brazil (“Orden Nacional Cruzeiro do Sol” Gran Cruz), and Spain (Orden al Mérito Civil) for his contributions to the field of economics.

As a leading authority on Latin American political and economic reform, Alejandro Foxley has gained world-wide recognition for his expertise and policy making decisions. A brilliant communicator in Spanish and English, Alejandro Foxley offers firsthand experience and political insight on introducing large scale changes.

He is a former president and member of the board of directors of Cieplan, a think tank based in Santiago. Author and editor of numerous books on economic development and the problems of democracy, Alejandro Foxley is an articulate speaker with great insight and offers an insider’s view on implementing economic changes on a large scale.