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President of Chile
He holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics, conferred by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as a Master and Doctor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Harvard, USA. His education was mainly Christian, pluralist, with great freedom but also characterized by a sense of duty and a strong call to public service.
Piñera served as advisor for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) between 1974 and 1976; advisor to the World Bank between 1975 and 1978; and worked at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). At this latter agency, he played an active role in a macro project entitled “Mapa de la pobreza en América Latina y políticas para superarla” (Latin America Poverty Map and Policies to Eradicate it) (1976).
Together with his fellow citizens, Piñera voted “NO” at the October 5, 1988 plebiscite in order to lay the foundations of free elections and democracy.
In 1989, with his wife Cecilia Morel, he organized Fundación Mujer Emprende (Entrepreneurial Women Foundation) aimed at promoting training and development for low-income young women.
In 1993, they established Fundación Futuro (Future Foundation), which helps bring education and culture closer to the Chilean people. In 2005, in the southern part of Isla de Chiloé, they inaugurated Parque Tantauco, with an area of 140,000 hectares, including 220 kilometers of trails and camping sites where visitors can trek, fish, bird watch and spot blue whales. At the park, endangered ecosystems and species are conserved and protected, research is conducted, and sustainable ecotourism programs are promoted.