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Arturo C. Porzecanski, Ph.D.

Research Fellow, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University

Arturo is an expert in international finance, emerging markets, and Latin American economics. He was on the full-time faculty of American University from mid-2005 to mid-2021 as Distinguished Economist-in-Residence and taught previously at Columbia University, New York University, and Williams College.  In mid-2020, Arturo was appointed by the White House to the President’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Prosperity, and in mid-2021 he was named a Global Fellow of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

Most of Arturo’s professional career, however, was spent working as an international economist on Wall Street. He was chief economist for emerging markets at ABN AMRO Bank (2000-2005); chief economist for the Americas at ING Bank (1994-2000); chief emerging-markets economist at Kidder, Peabody & Co. (1992-1993); chief economist at Republic National Bank of New York (1989-1992); and senior economist at J.P. Morgan Bank (1977-1989). Previously, he was a research economist at the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies in Mexico City (1975-1976) and a visiting economist at the International Monetary Fund (1973). 

Since 2006, Arturo has conducted and published research in international finance and he provides consulting services to legal and financial firms as well as to U.S. government agencies and multilateral institutions. He also serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Arturo is a graduate of Whittier College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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