Roberto Dañino

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Roberto Dañino
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Prime Minister of Peru
In office
28 July 2001 – 12 July 2002
President Alejandro Toledo
Preceded by Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
Succeeded by Luis Solari de la Fuente
Peru Ambassador to United States
In office
November 2002 – October 2003
President Alejandro Toledo
Preceded by Allan Wagner Tizón
Succeeded by Eduardo Ferrero Costa
Personal details
Born (1951-03-02) 2 March 1951 (age 66)
Lima, Peru
Spouse(s) Pauline Beck (m. 1980)
Alma mater Harvard University
Catholic University of Peru
Occupation Deputy Chairman of the Board of Hochschild Mining plc
Chairman of the Board of Fosfatos del Pacífico

Roberto Dañino (born March 2, 1951) is a Peruvian lawyer and former Prime Minister of Peru. He was also the Peruvian Ambassador to the United States and the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The World Bank. He has practiced corporate law for several decades and was the Chairman of the Latin American practice of leading law firms in the United States and Perú. He has also served on the boards of various corporations and nonprofit organizations in Peru, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. Currently he is a member of various corporate boards and philanthropic entities in Peru and the USA. He is also a member of the international advisory boards of Goldman Sachs, Uber, and the Open Society Foundations. He was awarded the Order of the Sun of Peru (Gran Cruz) in 2003, which is the highest honor bestowed on a Peruvian citizen.[1]



Roberto Dañino earned his law degrees from Harvard Law School.[2] and the Catholic University of Peru. He is also an alumnus of the Georgetown University International Leadership Program.[3]

Public Service[edit]

In 2001, Dañino was nominated to be the Prime Minister of the country.[4] Unlike other countries, the Prime Minister of Peru is not chosen by the electorate, but by the President, before then being ratified by Congress. During his tenure, he led the negotiation of the Acuerdo Nacional, which was a plan to unite the main political parties and leading civil organizations. This was with the aim of agreeing on 30 long-term public policies, all of which would be observed for twenty years after the agreement was signed.[5] The agreement was signed on July 22, 2002,[6] ten days after Dañino left office to become the Ambassador of Peru to the United States. In this role, his primary focuses were on the promotion of a Bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Peru and the USA, which eventually was executed during the Alan Garcia administration, and the culmination of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act. He left this role in 2003[7] to become the General Counsel of the World Bank.

In 1980, when Fernando Belaunde was re-elected as President of Peru after 11 years of military rule, the then Prime Minister, Manuel Ulloa, designated Dañino, who was then 29 years old, as Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Trade.[8] Ulloa later gave him additional responsibilities, appointing him President of the Foreign Investment Committee (CONITE), Chairman of the Public Debt Commission and Director of CONASEV, the securities regulatory agency. Ulloa and his team led Peru into one of Latin America's first efforts to adopt an open market economy. However, the Mexico debt crisis, the insurgence of the terrorist movement Shining Path and internal political squabbles led Ulloa and his team to leave government in December 1982. His successor, Carlos Rodriguez Pastor, attempted to continue the liberalization process but was promptly dismissed by President Belaunde; thereafter the country endured a full decade of political and economic crisis. Ulloa became President of the Senate and Dañino returned to law practice in Lima.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Prior to Dañino's inclusion within the Peruvian government, he practiced law in Peru with Barrios, Fuentes & Urquiaga.[3] He then became the first General Counsel of the InterAmerican Investment Corporation, the private sector affiliate of the InterAmerican Development Bank in Washington, D.C. He left IIC in 1993 to practice law in New York with Rogers and Wells and in 1996 he and his latinamerican team moved to the Washington law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, which is now known as Wilmer Hale. At both firms he was an equity partner and Chairman of the Latin American Practice Group.[10] In 2001 he left private practice to join the Peruvian government.[11][12]

In 2003, after leaving the role of Peruvian Ambassador to the United States, Dañino became the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group.[13] While in this role he led, among others, the development of the legal framework for the inclusion of human rights in the agenda of the Bank.[14] During his tenure, he was also the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, which arbitrates disputes between governments and international investors. Furthermore, he was also the legal advisor to the Board of Directors and its Ethics Committee.[3][15]

In 2003 he was awarded the Order of the Sun of Peru (Gran Cruz), which is the highest honor bestowed on a Peruvian citizen.[1] He has also received the Orden de Isabel la Catolica from the King of Spain and the Medal for Distinguished Alumnus from the Ponticia Universidad Catolica del Peru. In 2004 Dañino received the Annual Award from the American Foreign Law Association for his work in the legal field. He was the first Peruvian to receive this honor from the organization.[16]

Dr. Dañino left the World Bank in 2006 to become the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Hochschild Mining plc.[17] Hochschild Mining then became the first Latin American company to list itself on the London Stock Exchange in over one hundred years.[18] He is also Deputy Chairman of Cementos Pacasmayo,[19] which is listed in the New York Stock Exchange (CPAC) and Chairman of the Board of Fosfatos del Pacífico (FOSPAC) which is a joint venture between Pacasmayo [20] and Mitsubishi Corporation. Dr. Dañino is also a Director of Inversiones Centenario,[21] one of the largest real estate companies in Latin America.

He is also a member of the international advisory boards of Goldman Sachs, Uber Technologies, Inc., and George Soros' Open Society Foundation. In addition, he belongs to the boards of various philanthropic organizations including ACCION International,[22] LUMNI (Perú), Transparencia, Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (FIL), Results for Development (R4D), the Youth Orchestra of the America [23] and the Council of MALI (the Art Museum of Lima).[24]


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  23. ^ "Home | YOA Orchestra of the Americas". Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima". Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
Prime Minister of Peru
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Luis Solari De La Fuente