José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

Senior Consultant and Senior Associate Researcher at Lead University, San José Costa Rica.

ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (Lima, Peru, 2015-2018). ILO Assistant Director-General for Employment at the global level (Geneva, Switzerland, 2005-2014). Director of the OAS Trade Unit (Washington, D.C., 1998-2005). Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (1997-98). PhD in Economics from Cambridge University, England.

He has published extensively on policies of economic growth, productive development, trade and competitiveness, employment and labor skills. Recent books: Formalization Policies in Latin America: Advances and Challenges, ILO, (Lima, Peru, 2018, with J. Chacaltana); Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policies Work for Growth, Jobs and Development (2014), (with I. Nubler & R. Kozul-Wright).

Member of the Global Council on Youth Employment of the World Economic Forum (2008-13) and of the Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum on the Future of Production (2014-18). He is currently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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