Juan Andrés Fontaine Talavera

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Juan Andrés Fontaine Talavera is an economist who was Chilean Minister for the Economy, Development, and Reconstruction under President Sebastián Piñera.[1][2][3][4]


Juan Andrés Fontaine Talavera was born in Santiago, Chile. He received a B.A. in Economics(Ingeniero Comercial, Licenciado en Economía) from Universidad Católica de Chile and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.[2][3]

In the 1970s, he was deputy editor of the influential opinion magazine "Economía y Sociedad", founded and edited by José Piñera.

In the 1980s he served as Director of Research at the Central Bank of Chile [5] and as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.[2]

During the 1990s and 2000s he was partner and chief executive of "Fontaine & Paúl Consultores", a financial consultant firm in Chile, and Minister of Economy from 2010 to 2011.

Currently, he is a member of the "Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo", a Chilean think tank founded by Hernán Büchi and an economic adviser to several corporations and banks.

He has been an economic advisor to various Chilean presidential candidates, columnist in Chilean newspapers and speaker in conferences on Chilean and Latin American economies.

Fontaine is a professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and authored several publications. He taught for a decade at his alma mater.[2][3] and at the University of Chile.[3]


  1. ^ CIA World Leaders
  2. ^ a b c d Stanford biography
  3. ^ a b c d Chilean government biography
  4. ^ French government website Archived 2011-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Latin American Business Group at Chicago Booth School of Business (Latam Group) Speaker Profile at http://www.labgbooth.org/conference/speakers/50 accessdate =1-26-2014