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|Naím speaking about Latin America at the World Economic Forum in 2009|
|Venezuelan Minister for Development|
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|Born||1952 (age 60–61)
Moisés Naím (born 1952) is a Senior Associate in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist whose writings are published by leading papers worldwide, and author of more than ten books. In 2013, the British magazine Prospect listed Naim as one of the world's leading thinkers.
He is the former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Director of its Central Bank and Executive Director of the World Bank. He also served as the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine for 14 years.
Moisés Naím studied at the Universidad Metroplitana in Caracas. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained both a master’s of science and doctorate degrees.
Moisés Naím was a professor of business strategy and industrial economics at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Venezuela’s leading business school and research center located in Caracas. He also served as its dean between 1979 and 1988.
From 1989 to 1990, Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry, where he played a central role in launching major economic reforms. He wrote about this experience in his 1993 book Paper Tigers and Minotaurs.
El Pais and Other Publications
Since the 1990s, Naím has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, and more recently has been contributed to the Financial Times, “A List.” For the past 13 years, he has written for Spain’s El Pais, and in 2007, he was invited to be the paper’s “Global Observer”. Since then, he has published a weekly column that explores current issues in politics, economics and globalization and is extensively syndicated by leading newspapers across Latin America and Europe including Italy's La Repubblica and Brazil's Folha de S. Paulo, making him one of the most widely read journalists on international economy and politics.
Among other publications, Naím is a regular contributor to L’Espresso in Italy, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, TIME, Le Monde, Berliner Zeitung and many more.
Naím was the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy for 14 years (1996-2010).
Naím was the first non-American editor for a magazine that was founded to drive conversation around American foreign policy. Under his guidance, the magazine re-launched and won the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence three times. During this period, it transformed from an academic quarterly to a bimonthly glossy. The topics covered by the magazine include global politics, economics, integration and ideas.
During his tenure, he spearheaded the change in format by introducing powerful photography and art, increased frequency of publication, launched editions in other languages and the website ForeignPolicy.com.
In 2008, Naim successfully completed the sale of the magazine to the Washington Post group.
Naím has written numerous scholarly articles and more than ten books on international economics and politics. In 2005, his book Illicit was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best non-fiction books of the year; it was published in 18 languages and is the basis of an Emmy Award-winning documentary produced by National Geographic Film and Television.
Naím's most recent book is The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used To Be (2013), and in it he argues that power has become "easier to get, harder to use, and easier to lose" due to the demographic explosion, increase in geographic mobility, and a shift in cultural norms towards "openness, gender equality, and increased tolerance of difference".
Awards and Recognition
In 2012, Naim was awarded an honorary degree from American University.
Naím is Chairman of the Board of the Group of Fifty and a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, Population Action International, and the Open Society Foundations. Additionally, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Inter-American Dialogue and the World Economic Forum.
- Naím, Moisés (2013). The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be.
- Naím, Moisés (2006). Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. Anchor. ISBN 978-1-4000-7884-4.
- ——; Smith, Gordon (2000). Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance. IDRC Books. ISBN 978-0-88936-917-7.
- ——; Tulchin, Joseph (1999). Competition Policy, Deregulation and Modernization in Latin America. Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN 1-55587-818-0.
- ——; Edwards, Sebastian (1998). Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ISBN 0-87003-154-6.
- ——; Goodman, Louis W.; Forman, Johanna Mendelson; Tulchin, Joseph S. & Bland, Gary (1995). Lessons of the Venezuelan Experience. Woodrow Wilson Center Press. ISBN 978-0-943875-66-8.
- —— (1993). Paper Tigers and Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela's Economic Reforms. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ISBN 978-0-87003-026-0.
- "Mafia States: Organized Crime Takes Office". Foreign Affairs. May/June 2012.
- “WorldThinkers 2013.” Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August2013.
- “Farewell and Thanks for Reading”. Foreign Policy. May/June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- A.B. (28 March 2013). "Quick Study: Moisés Naím on Power". The Economist.
- “World Thinkers 2013.” Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- “Premio Ortega y Gasset de periodismo recayó en Moisés Naím”. El Universal. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013.