Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard is a Peruvian economist and politician. Formerly Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister of Economy and Prime Minister of the country, in addition to positions in the private sector. He was born in Lima, Peru on October 3, 1938.
His father, Dr. Max Hans Kuczynski, a native of Berlin, Germany, was a renowned tropical disease specialist who emigrated to Peru in 1936 to work as a government public health officer. Dr. Kuczynski earned both his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Rostock. Prior to relocating to Peru, Dr. Kuczynski served as an officer in World War I on the Turkish front and did medical research in Russia, Sierra Leone, China, and Brazil. He was director of the San Pablo Leprosy Hospital near Iquitos, Peru for several years and later was a professor of tropical medicine at San Marcos University in Lima.
Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski received his early education at Markham College, in Lima, Peru, and Rossall School in Fleetwood, Lancastershire, England. He won a full scholarship to study at Oxford University in England and graduated with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 1956. Later, he received the John Parker Compton fellowship to study public affairs at Princeton University in the United States, where he received a Master's degree in 1961. He began his career at the World Bank in 1961 as a regional economist for the six countries in Central America, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic.. In 1967 he returned to Peru to become the Deputy Director of the Peruvian central bank, but left the country in 1969 due to threats from General Juan Velasco's administration. He then joined the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.as an economist, and in 1971, became Chief Economist for the northern part of Latin America at the World Bank, moving on to become Chief of Policy Planning at the bank. From 1973 - 1975, he was a a partner of Kuhn Loeb International, the international investment bank headquartered in New York City. In 1975, he returned to Washington, D.C to become Chief Economist for the International Finance Corporation (the private finance arm of the World Bank). Subsequently, he was appointed President of Halco Mining in Pittsburgh, PA,, an international consortium mining company with operations in West Africa. In 1980, after the election of Fernando Belaunde Terry as President of Peru, the first democratic election in Peru since 1963, he was invited to return to the country, and became Minister of Energy and Mines. From 1983-92, he was the Co-Chairman of First Boston International in New York City, an international investment bank. In 1992, he founded, with six other partners, the Latin American Enterprise Fund in Miami, Florida , a private equity firm that focused on investments in Mexico, Central and South America. The institutional investors in LAEF included more than 15 of the world's largest university endowments, foundations, and pension funds.
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