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2013 Presidential Elections and Economic Outlook - What’s Next for Chile?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 2, 2013


(Image: Pamela Reyes)

Americas Society/Council of the Americas presented a panel discussion on Chile’s political and economic outlook leading up to the 2013 presidential elections. Leading experts discussed the country’s upcoming elections and the prospects for economic growth, market competitiveness, and political and economic reforms in coming years.


  • Gregory Elacqua, Director of the Institute of Public Policy at the School of Economics at the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
  • David Gallagher, Chairman of Asset Chile; Board Member of the Chilean Public Studies Centre (CEP)
  • Carl Meacham, Director, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Americas Program
  • Patricio Navia, Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
  • Paula Molina, Anchor and Editor at Radio Cooperativa; Nieman Fellow in Harvard 2012 to 2013 (moderator)

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COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384

Gregory Elacqua

Director, Public Policy Institute, School of Economics, Universidad Diego Portales

Gregory Elacqua is the director of the Public Policy Institute at the School of Economics at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. Previously, he was the senior advisor to the Minister of Education in Chile between 2003 and 2006, and also was an advisor to a member of the Education Committee in the Chilean Senate. Additionally, Elacqua has consulted with UNESCO, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and a number of foundations and national governments on education policy.

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David Gallagher

Founding Partner and Chairman of the Board, Asset

David Gallagher is a founding partner and chairman of the board of Asset. He is also the director of Asset Administradora General de Fondos and a board member of Asset Chile Mining Exploration Fund, subsidiaries of Asset. He currently serves as the director of Cencosud, the Chilean Counsel of International Relations, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venecia.

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Carl Meacham

Director, CSIS Americas Program

Carl Meacham is the director of the CSIS Americas Program. He joined CSIS from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he served on the professional staff for Senator Richard Lugar for over a decade. He served as the senior adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean on the SFRC. Mr. Meacham was responsible for managing the committee’s relationship with the State Department regarding the Western Hemisphere and overseeing its budget.

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Paula Molina

Anchor and Editor, Cooperativa Radio Program

Paula Molina is the anchor and editor of a prime-time program on Cooperativa, Chile’s leading radio news station. Since 1999, she has conducted daily interviews and has broadcast the news live, covering events such as the aftermath of the 2010 Chilean earthquake and tsunami, the miner’s rescue in the Atacama Desert and massive student protests in 2011. With 20 years of journalism experience, Molina has been part of both new and established projects in print, television, and radio.

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Patricio Navia

Master Teacher and Assistant Professor, New York University

Patricio Navia is a master teacher in liberal studies and assistant professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales, director of the Magíster en Opinión Pública, and founding director of the Observatorio Electoral, where he has been the head researcher in two Fondecyt projects at Universidad Diego Portales.

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