Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas presents “Two gringos with questions”, an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas. On the fourth episode, Chris and Ken talk to Francisco Rodríguez, Managing Director and Chief Economist of Torino Economics. During the 2018 Venezuelan elections, Rodríguez was the economic advisor to the opposition candidate, Henri Falcón.
Before joining Torino Economics, Rodriguez was director and senior Andean economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Rodríguez has held numerous positions in academia and public policy. Between 2000 and 2004 he headed the Venezuelan National Assembly’s Economic and Financial Advisory Office under the late-Hugo Chávez.
He has taught economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas. Before joining BAML, Rodríguez was the head of research at the Human Development Report Office at the UN Development Program. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
To discuss Latin America’s 2019 economic forecast, your hosts talk to Rodriguez about the economic slowdown’s effects in Latin America and Venezuela’s economic situation and if there is a way out.