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Rafael is CEO of Banco Agrícola, one of Central America's largest banks and part of Grupo Bancolombia. An economist by training, he served eight years as provost of the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), the leading undergraduate institution of El Salvador in the business, economics, engineering and law fields. He was president of the country's Central Bank from 1999 to 2002 during the country's successful move towards dollarization. Former governor at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, IADB and CABEI. He holds a BA from Rice University in computer science and a Licenciatura and master's degrees in economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His interests lie in economics, financial inclusion, banking, education and politics and he enjoys gastronomy and technology. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.