Dr. Jorge Sapoznikow is an acclaimed international economist and expert on Latin American economic development. He currently works as a consultant to Latin American goverments. A Colombian-born US citizen, Dr. Sapoznikow enjoyed a 28-year career with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Most recently, he was a consultant to the Solicitor General of Colombia (Procuraduría General) in its Institutional Modernization Program.
At the IDB, he served as Chief of the Modernization of the State Division for Mexico, Central America, Belize, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Haiti, where he oversaw the Bank’s operations in the areas of governance, including anticorruption, citizen security, judicial modernization, legislative modernization, and law enforcement reform. He was previously Chief of Operations for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua with responsibility for the Bank’s lending program in those countries and for the organization of the donor consultative group related to natural disasters and peace agreements to end the civil wars in the region.
Before that he was Chief of Programming of the Plans and Programs Department, where he was responsible for the Bank’s assistance strategy in the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Dr. Sapoznikow joined the IDB in 1980 as an economist in the Project Analysis Department and later became Chief of Urban Development in that Department. Prior to the IDB, he was Director of the Graduate Program in Economics at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where he also lectured and conducted economic research.
Dr. Sapoznikow has published widely in his field, particularly in the areas of population, labor and employment, and citizen security, and participated in numerous development conferences and seminars. He has lectured at Johns Hopkins University on contemporary international economics and at the University of Washington on citizen security in Central America.
Dr. Sapoznikow received a B.A in economics from the Universidad de Los Andes, and an M.A. and Ph.D in economics from Stanford University. He was also Visiting Fellow at the Economic Growth Center of Yale University.