Ángel Melguizo

Spain  |  Non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, and founder and partner of Argia, a consulting firm on green, tech and economics


Ángel Melguizo is a non-resident senior fellow with the Inter-American Dialogue and a senior economist consultant based in Colombia and Spain, specializing in public policies, economic growth and digital regulation.

Melguizo is founder and partner of Argia, a consulting firm on green, tech and economics. He is also a regional advisor for UNESCO on artificial intelligence and ethics in Latin America; a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations; director for the Americas of asw_Replica a big data and analytics start-up; external advisor for leading telecommunication & media companies on regulation and corporate responsibility (skills); and principal economist at Telecom Advisory Services.

Angel has nearly 25 years of experience at both private and public sector. He was vice president for External and Regulatory Affairs at AT&T VRIO Latin America, responsible for the company’s positioning on digital regulatory topics, with a focus on Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and the Caribbean. During that period, he was elected president of the telecommunications association ASIET and co-chair of the OECD EMnet Digital Transformation working group. Previously, he was head for Latin America at the OECD Development Centre, where he coordinated the flagship Latin American Economic Outlook; lead specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank; and Principal Economist at BBVA Research, specializing on new technologies, economic growth, and fiscal policy. He also served as senior advisor at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister. 

Melguizo received his PhD and BA in economics from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain). He has published articles in academic journals including Journal of Economic Studies, Telecommunicstions Policy, Journal of Cyber Policy, Journal of Finance Economics and Pensions, and SERIEs – Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, and is a regular contributor to top media platforms, such as CNN Latin America, Forbes, and El Pais.

In the policy realm, he has participated in several reforms across Latin America on telecommunications and digital policy, taxes, skills, and social policies.

Angel is an expert of the Lancet Commission on Covid-19 on the Regional Task Force for Latin America, and full member of the US National Business Economic Issues Council (NBEIC).

He lives with his family between Bogotá and Madrid.

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Five inconvenient truths on Latin America’s digital transformation: from words to action

Covid-19 has accelerated digitalization all over the world. Things that chief technology officers had planned to be implemented in years had to be put in place in weeks, or even days. E-commerce, e-payments, remote work, video calls and streaming are now essential parts of our social and productive lives. Indeed, some in-person activities are gradually coming back, but a significant part of our day-to-day activities will likely become digital forever.

˙Karim Lesina

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Fostering Latin America’s Digital Industries Through Regulatory Sandboxes

The Inter-American Development Bank recently released a study, which Netflix supported, that found that approximately $5.7 billion was invested in audiovisual production in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019. But in order to fully take off in Latin America, the industry requires more investment, new skills and smart regulation. This article focuses on so-called regulatory “sandboxes,” which could be a step toward improving regulation of the audiovisual digital sector.

˙Ángel Melguizo

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