Venezuela Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former Executive Director of the World Bank
Former Minister of Trade and Industry of Venezuela
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Moisés Naím is an internationally-syndicated columnist and best-selling author, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 1997.
In 2011, Naím launched Efecto Naím, an innovative weekly television program highlighting surprising world trends with visually-striking videos, graphics, and interviews with world leaders which is widely watched in Latin America today. Naím gained international recognition with the successful re-launch of the prominent journal Foreign Policy and, over his fourteen years (1996-2010) as editor, turned the magazine into a modern, award-winning publication on global politics and economics.
Naím’s columns and media commentary have a worldwide audience. He is the chief international columnist and “Global Observer” for El País and La Repubblica, the largest daily newspapers in Spain and Italy, a contributor to The Financial Times “A-list”, and an associate editor at The Atlantic. His columns are also carried by all leading newspapers in Latin America, and have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, Time, Le Monde and Berliner Zeitung. In 2011, he received the Ortega y Gasset prize, the most prestigious award for journalism in the Spanish language. In 2013, Naím was named one of the world’s leading thinkers by the British magazine Prospect and in 2014, he was ranked among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
Naím is the founder and chair of the Group of Fifty (G50), which brings together top-flight progressive Latin American business leaders, and a member of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Crisis Group, and the Open Society Foundations, as well as several global companies.
In the early 1990s, Naím served as Venezuela’s minister of trade and industry, as director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and as executive director of the World Bank. He was previously professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s leading business school. Naím holds MSc and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.