Camila Merino

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Camila Merino
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Minister of Labor and Social Forecast of the Government (Chile)
In office
March 11, 2010 – January 14, 2011
Preceded by

Claudia Serrano Madrid

Succeeded by Evelyn Matthei
Personal details
Born Flag of Chile.svg Concepción, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Enrique Elsaca Hirmas
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
MIT Sloan School of Management
Occupation Civil engineer; Politician.

Camila Merino Catalán is a civil engineer and former Minister of Labor and Social Welfare for Chile.

Early life[edit]

Merino completed her studies in Colegio Alianza Francesa in Concepción, Chile. She completed her university studies in Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and majored in Industrial Civil Engineering. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.'[1] She also completed studies at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. She is married to Enrique Elsaca Hirmas, Vice-President of Services and Operations of LAN Airlines.


In 1991 she began working as an executive for Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), where she remained for the next 16 years. Amongst her positions, she was Vice-president of Administration Manager of Corporate Services, Human Resources and Mining. For her functions in the mining company, she worked for several years in Antofagasta, where she was director of the Association of Local Industries.[2] The headhunter Humanitas selected her as a candidate for General Manager of Santiago Metro in December 2007, position which she accepted. She worked on a project—which had not had a manager for over a year—with a budget of nearly 1 billion USD to extend lines 1 and 5 of the subway.[3] She is currently Vice-president of Human Resources and Safety in Arauco, one of the world's leading Pulp and Wood manufacturing industries.


In February 2010, she was nominated by Chile’s President-elect Sebastián Piñera as Minister of Labor and Social Forecast.[4]