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Moisés Naím

Moisés Naím is Senior Associate in the International Economics program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Chief International Columnist for El Pais, Spain's largest newspaper.

Naím has written extensively on international economics and global politics, economic development and the unintended consequences of globalization.  He has authored or edited numerous books and his most recent one Illicit: How Smugglers Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy, was published in 18 languages and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year.  A National Geographic/PBS documentary film based on Illicit won a 2009 Emmy award.

Naim's weekly column is also published by Il Sole 24Ore and L'Espresso in Italy, Slate France, Adevarul in Romania and by most leading newspapers in Latin America.  Naím’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.  He is a frequent speaker at major international conferences, including, since 1990, as a featured speaker in the “Davos” annual meetings of the World Economic Forum. 

Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Naím was the Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy magazine.  Under his fourteen-year leadership, the magazine was re-launched, won the National Magazine award for General Excellence three times and became one of the world's most influential publications in international affairs. 

Naím’s public service includes his tenure as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, Director of Venezuela's Central Bank and Executive Director of the World Bank.  His academic work includes positions as professor of business and economics and dean of the Venezuela's main business school, the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) in Caracas, and as a guest lecturer in many universities in the United States and Europe.

Moisés Naím is the Chairman of the Board of Group of Fifty (G-50), the Vice-Chairman of the Board of  Population Action International and a member of the  board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy and the International Crisis Group.

Naím holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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