Jose Antonio Ocampo

An expert on macroeconomic theory and policy, international finance and rade and Latin American economic history, Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo is a true specialist in his chosen fields. An international speaker, the expert is adept in thinking through critical global problems. Author and editor, the professor is an accomplished keynote speaker to discuss finance, economics and international affairs. 

José Antonio Ocampo combines a rare mix of skills and experience in both academia and high-level political responsibilities at the global, regional and national levels.  An expert on macroeconomicseconomic development, international trade and Colombian and Latin American economic history, Professor Ocampo is a sought-after keynote speaker on the international stage.

Academia & Colombia Economic Think Tank

Since July 2007, he is Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.

He has served as Executive Director of FEDESARROLLO, the main think tank on economic issues in Colombia, Director of the Centro de Estudios sobre Desarrollo Económico of Universidad de los Andes, Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes, and Professor of Economic History at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has also been Visiting Professor at Cambridge, Oxford and Yale Universities and lectured in many universities and conferences around the world.


Mr. Ocampo is author or editor of over 30 books and has published over 200 scholarly articles on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history. He has also directed some 20 institutional reports.

Two important and influential texts of Jose's include Stability with Growth: Macroeconomics, Liberalization and Development with Joseph Stiglitz and Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis with Hoseph Stiglitz.

UN Department of Economics & Social Affairs

In the political realm, he served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs from September 2003 to June 2007. As such, he headed the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), which produces a wide range of research and analytical work on development issues, leads the follow-up to the major UN Summits and Conferences, and provides substantive and organizational support to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly. He also chaired the UN Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs.

UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

Previously, he was Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from January 1998 to August 2003, and held from 1989 to 1997 a number of high-level posts in the Government of Colombia, including Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Director (Minister) of the National Planning Department, and Minister of Agriculture.

International Keynote Speaker

Jose Antonio Ocampo is an interesting and informative keynote speaker on a range of global economic, trade and finance issues, with particular emphasis on the emerging markets of Colombia and Latin America.


Mr. Ocampo holds a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame (1972), and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University (1976). He has received a number of personal honors and distinctions, including the Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award.

His speaking topics include: 

- Financial and economic markets 

- Colombian and Latin American financial history 

- Macroeconomics 

- Social development and international trade

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