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Hernando de Soto

Authority on Western and Third World Economies

Hernando de Soto is currently President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) based in Peru. The ILD has been described as one of the most important think-tanks in the World and Mr de Soto as the "World's Greatest Living Economist". In 2004 he received Cato Institute's the Milton Friedman Prize.

The World's Greatest Living Economist

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In detail

Mr. de Soto was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1941 and did his post-graduate work at the 'Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales' in Geneva. He has served as an economist for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organisation (CIPEC), as Managing Director of Universal Engineering Corporation, as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru's Central Reserve Bank.

What he offers you

As his principal activity he designs and implements capital formation programmes aimed at strengthening the economy in developing countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Mr de Soto is widely regarded as one of the most influential development theoreticians of the last millennium and offers corporations the benefit of his wealth of experience.

How he presents

A brilliant speaker and charismatic personality, Mr de Soto's presentations are both entertaining and enlightening.


In addition to his native Spanish he is also fluent in English.

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Speaking topics

  • The Global Economic Landscape
  • Another Path for Capitalism
  • A Revolutionary Analysis of Capital
  • Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else


  • Hernando is an exceptional speaker with a wonderful style of delivery, the audience was captivated - Global Investment Specialist

Books and publications

  • 2001
    The Mystery of Capital
  • 1989
    The Other Path


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