Professor Andrés Velasco joined the LSE as the inaugural Dean of the School of Public Policy in August 2018.
Professor Velasco received a B.A. in economics and philosophy and an M.A. in international relations from Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and was a postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Velasco served as the Minister of Finance in Chile between 2006 and 2010, and was a presidential candidate in Chile in 2013.
Upon his appointment at the LSE, Professor Velasco said,
"The LSE School of Public Policy prepares the policy and political leaders of tomorrow to transform people and societies. The foundation is rigorous training in theory and quantitative methods. The outlook is global – reflected not only in the diverse national origins of our students and faculty, but in the places we look for policy challenges and solutions. We aim for impact, engaging policymakers from around the world. At a time when the practice of good governance is being eroded, experts derided and societies polarized, the LSE School of Public Policy is committed to the promotion of democratic values and the use of reasoned judgement in the pursuit of public service."
You can learn more about Professor Velasco here.
For more information on Professor Velasco's appointment, read the official LSE press release.
To arrange an appointment with Professor Velasco, please contact the Dean's Office.