Mercedes Aráoz

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Mercedes Aráoz
Mercedes Rosalba Aráoz Fernández.JPG
Second Vice President of Peru
Assumed office
28 July 2016
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Preceded by Vacant
(formerly Omar Chehade)
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
December 22, 2009 – September 14, 2010
Preceded by Luis Carranza
Succeeded by Ismael Benavides Ferreyros
Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism
In office
July 28, 2006 – July 10, 2009
Preceded by Alfredo Ferrero
Succeeded by Martín Pérez Monteverde
Personal details
Born (1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 55)
Lima,  Peru
Political party Independent
Profession Economist

Mercedes Rosalba Aráoz Fernández (Lima, 5 August 1961) is a Peruvian economist, professor, and politician. She served as Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006[1] to July 2009,[2] after which she was appointed Peru's finance minister.

In April 2016, Aráoz was elected as Congresswoman for 2016–2021. In June 2016, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was elected as President of Peru and Aráoz as the second vice president.

Early life and education[edit]

Aráoz was born in Lima. She attended to St. Mary's School in Magdalena del Mar, Lima

Aráoz studied economics at the University of the Pacific in Lima. Later she obtained a Master in Economics and completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Miami.[3][4]

Academic career[edit]

She is Associate Professor of International Economy at the University of the Pacific and member of the Research Center. She is also professor at the Diplomat Academy of Peru.

She has worked as a consultant with a variety of international organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the CAF – Development Bank of Latin America.[5]

Minister (2006–2010)[edit]

Foreign Trade and Tourism (2006–2009)[edit]

On July 28, 2006, Aráoz was named as Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Production (2009)[edit]

Economy (2009–2010)[edit]

Aráoz agreed to be the presidential candidate of the Peruvian Aprista Party (APRA) for the 2011 presidential elections. However, she withdrew her candidacy on January 16 of that year, and the APRA party did not field any candidate.

Congresswoman and Vice president[edit]

In the 2016 general election, Aráoz runs with the Peruvians for Change party as candidate both for Congress and for second vice president as running mate of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.[6]