Hernando De Soto

President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy

Hernando de Soto is President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy headquartered in Lima, Peru considered by The Economist as one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Time and Forbes have chosen him as one of the leading innovators in the world, and more than 20,000 readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy ranked him as one of the world’s top 13 public intellectuals. He has served as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization, as CEO of Universal Engineering (one of Europe’s largest engineering consulting firms), as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank. He is the author of several books and papers on economic policy, including the seminal work The Mystery of Capital.