Rodrigo Valdés Pulido was appointed Minister of Finance of the government of President Michelle Bachelet on May 11, 2015.
Mr. Valdés has a Commercial Engeneering Degree, and a major in Economics, from Universidad de Chile, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Since March 2014 and until his appointment, he was Chairman of the Directive Board and of the Executive Committee of BancoEstado.
Mr. Valdés was chief economist for Latin America at Barclays Capital (2008-2009), Manager of the Division of Research and Chief Economist of the Central Bank of Chile (2002-2007) and senior advisor to the Minister of Finance of Chile (2000-2001).
Mr. Valdés also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as deputy director of the European Department and the Americas (2009-2012), where he was also Head of Mission for the United States.
In private sector, Mr. Valdés was chief economist for the Andean Region and Argentina of the BTG Pactual investment bank (2013-2014); and as chief economist for Latin America of Banco Barclays Capital Inc.