Carlos Alfredo Magariños

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Carlos Alfredo Magariños
Director-General, UNIDO
In office
December 1997 – December 2005
Preceded by Mauricio de Maria y Campos
Succeeded by Kandeh Yumkella
Personal details
Born (1962-08-16) 16 August 1962 (age 52)
Occupation politician, economist, UN executive

Carlos Alfredo Magariños (born August 16, 1962[1]) is an Argentine politician and former UN official.

Magariños earned a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Buenos Aires. He continued in academia and was Associate Professor of Microeconomy (1986), Technical Coordinator in Research Methodology of Investigation (1987) and Assistant Professor of Foreign Trade Institutions (1989) in Buenos Aires. He also studied at the International Development Law Institute in Rome. He was Associate Professor for Argentine and Latin American Economic Issues at Salvador University, Buenos Aires and taught at the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

Magariños was National Director for Foreign Trade 1991–92, then Under-Secretary of State for Industry (1992–93). During the first term of President Carlos Menem, he became State Secretary for Industry and Mining of Argentina (1993), at age 31.

In 1996, Magariños assumed the position of Argentine Economic and Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., with the rank of Ambassador and State Secretary.

In December 1997, he was elected Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),[2] which was undergoing a severe financial crisis at the time. After a successful round of reforms and consolidations, Magariños was re-elected for a second term in 2001 and led the organization until 2005.

In 2006, Magariños was serving as a Senior Associated Member of St Antony's College at Oxford University.

Currently, Magariños is a member of the board of directors of the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires.[3]

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