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Alejandro Foxley

Former Visiting Fellow

economic development, Latin America, and democracy


Ph.D., economics, University of Wisconsin; Civil Engineering Degree, Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile)


Alejandro Foxley is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. His work at CGD involves building a strategy for Latin-American development in the next decade.

Foxley was minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Chile (2006–2009). Between 1998 and 2006, he was a senator of Chile, serving as chairman of the Finance Committee and the Permanent Joint Budget Committee. Previously, he was also Chile’s minister of finance and concurrently served as a governor of the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank (1990–1994).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.

He is the president of Cieplan, a think tank based in Santiago, Chile, and is the author or editor of 15 books on economics, economic development, and democracy.

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