SMU: Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series 2018

By | November 5, 2018

SMU: Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series 2018

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12 – 1:30pm

Venue: Mochtar Riady Auditorium (Level 5), SMU Administration Building

Speaker: Sebastián Piñera Echenique was inaugurated as the President of the Republic of Chile for a second term on March 11, 2018.

Details: He previously served as President of Chile from 2010 – 2014, where his administration made great strides in healthcare, education, public safety, and accomplished significant economic growth which spurred the creation of over 1 million new jobs.

He was elected as Senator for the Democracy and Progress Pact for the Eighth District of the Eastern Metropolitan Region in 1989, where he served on the Treasury, Health and Environment, Economics, Human Rights and National Assets commissions. As Senator, he submitted the bill for the Law on the Protection of the Environment and Nature, and contributed to drafting the bill to regulate legal and ethical principles of human and assisted reproduction techniques. During his time in the legislature, he was elected Best Senator by his peers together with then-Senator Andrés Zaldívar. He also served as the President of the Renovación Nacional Party between 2001 and 2004.

He earned a Business Administration degree at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Economics, and a master’s degree and doctorate in Economics from Harvard University. When he returned to Chile in 1976, he focused mainly on teaching, offering classes in the Schools of Economics of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

He was a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from 1974 to 1978, at the World Bank from 1975 to 1978, and worked at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

He is married to Cecilia Morel, and together have four children and nine grandchildren.

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