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CGD President Statement on Passing of Guillermo Perry

September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON – Masood Ahmed, president of the Center for Global Development, released the following statement Friday upon the passing of Guillermo Perry, the former Colombian minister of finance and a non-resident fellow at CGD:

Eva Taylor Grant
Center for Global Development

The CGD family is mourning the loss of our friend and colleague, Guillermo Perry.

Guillermo dedicated his career to economic stabilization and effective, impactful development outcomes not just for his home country of Colombia, but internationally as well after a decade of service at the World Bank. He played a foundational role in Colombia’s 1991 Constitutional Assembly, served as a Colombian senator and went on to advise multiple presidents, rising to be the Minister of Finance and Public Credit. We’ll miss his contributions to the field of global development and macroeconomic stabilization, both as a policymaker and also as a leading academic mind, helping teach the next generation of leaders.

At a personal level, I had the pleasure and privilege of working alongside him for many years at the World Bank where his wisdom, thoughtfulness and humanity were admired by all.

We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends at this difficult time.


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