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Hernando de Soto

President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru
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Hernando de Soto is president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), headquartered in Lima, Peru. He is focused on designing and implementing capital formation programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. He also co-chaired the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and currently serves as honorary co-chair on the World Justice Project. De Soto has served as an economist for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as president of the executive committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization (CIPEC), as CEO of Universal Engineering Corporation, as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank.


Articles by this Author

  • Staying in the Dark about Derivatives Will Bring Economic Collapse
    by Hernando de Soto
    Hernando de Soto is president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD)—headquartered in Lima, Peru—considered by The Economist as one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Currently, he is focused on designing and implementing capital formation programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. He also co-chaired the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and...

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