Miguel Angel Santos


Director, Applied Research
Center for International Development at Harvard University
I am an Adjunct Lecturer in Empirical Methods at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and work as a Director, Applied Research at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University. At CID, I am mostly involved in research projects aimed at helping governments to rethink their development strategies both at the national and sub-national levels. All of our engagements are tackled by multidisciplinary teams, staffed with Harvard scholars and CID Fellows specialized in the specific expertise required in each case. Since I joined CID in 2014, I have been involved in projects at the national level in Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Jordania, at the sub-national level Buenos aires, and in Mexico I have worked in Chiapas, and Hermosillo-Sonora.

Before joining the field of international development, I worked for ten years in corporate finance and business development in Latin America, performing as Director of Finance for the Cisneros Group of Companies (1997-2003), Head of Corporate Finance for Mercantil Servicios Financieros (2005-2007), and Business Vice-President for Sony Pictures and Entertainment Latin America (2008-2009).

At that point, I decided to switch tracks and get involved in development economics. I went back to school and enrolled in two Master of Science degrees in International Finance and Trade (2011) and Economics (2012) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and went on to complete my Ph.D. in Economics at Universidad de Barcelona (2016). In the meantime, I had the opportunity to lead the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of 2012, and complete the Master in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2014).

Academic and Research Appointments

Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University (2014-present)

Adjunct Professor, Center of Finance, Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administración (1997-present)

Aggregate Professor, Department of Economics, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2003-2007)

Visiting Scholar, University of Texas at Austin (1996)



Ph.D. in Economics, Universidad de Barcelona (2016)

Master in Public Administration (MPA), Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2014)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics and Finance, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2012)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in International Trade and Finance, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2011)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), The CFA Institute (2004)

Master of Science in Economics (Latin America), Queen Mary College, University of London (1997)

Master in Business Administration (MBA), Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administración (1995)

Bachelor in Business Administration, Universidad Tecnológica del Centro (1993)


Professional Experience

Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Team, Presidential Candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, Venezuela (2012)

Senior Vice-President for Business Development, Sony Pictures & Entertainment Latin America (2008-2009)

Head of Corporate Finance, Mercantil Servicios Financieros (2004-2007)

Director of Finance, Telecom Division, Cisneros Group of Companies (1997-2003)