Luis Fernando Mejía

Executive Director, Fedesarrollo, Colombia

Luis Fernando Mejía is the executive director of Fedesarrollo, the Colombian think tank. He was the deputy minister and minister of planning of Colombia from 2014 to 2018. During his tenure, the Ministry of Planning led the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, designed and published long-term policies on green growth and air quality in cities, and provided technical support and coordination for the government during Colombia’s successful accession process to the OECD. Mejía has also held the positions of director for macroeconomic policy at the Ministry of Finance, as well as researcher at Colombia’s Central Bank and at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has taught macroeconomics and international economics at the University of Chicago and at various Colombian universities. Among other distinctions, Mejía was selected as one of Colombia’s top 50 leaders under 40 and received the University of Chicago’s Margaret Reid Memorial Fund Award, as well as its Martin and Margaret Lee Prize for the best doctoral macroeconomics examination. He is an economist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a master’s degree and Ph.D. studies (ABD) in economics from the University of Chicago.