We are pleased to announce that Barbara Kotschwar has joined the board of advisors of the Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor publication.
Kotschwar is the executive director of the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, where she heads a team of experts in the fields of payments, economic policy, technology and security with the goals of advancing digital equity, inclusion and growth. She also represents Visa on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council (GFC) on Economic Growth and Recovery and has previously served as a member of the GFC on Trade and Investment.
Prior to joining Visa in 2018, Kotschwar was head of the World Bank’s investment policy portfolio on international investment agreements, regional integration and services. She also worked as a coordinator for the development bank’s investment policy in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, and she served on the World Bank’s Trade & Competitiveness Diversity & Inclusion committee.
Before that, Kotschwar was a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, where she focused on trade, investment and regional integration.
She also previously worked as chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States and has experience advising governments in Latin America and the Caribbean and other regions.
Kotschwar has taught courses on economics and Latin American studies at Georgetown University since 1998.
Her work has been featured in The Economist, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among other international media outlets, and she has been a commentator for the Latin America Advisor on issues including finance, trade and China-Latin America relations.
Kotschwar holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University.