GlobalSource Partners Country Analyst
Ruth Krivoy, Venezuela
Former Central Bank President

GlobalSource Partners' Venezuela Country Analyst Ruth Krivoy is the country’s leading economist and authority on the country’s politics and policy dynamics. She is widely respected for the depth and integrity of her analysis, informed by her roles at the highest levels of government, academia and the private sector in Venezuela. Her intimate knowledge of politics and policy in Venezuela ensures a nuanced perspective that is unconstrained by corporate or political considerations. Ms. Krivoy is also currently Non-executive Chair of Sintesis Financiera, a Caracas-based consulting firm.

As President of the Central Bank of Venezuela during the early 1990s – the first woman appointed to this position – she was instrumental in establishing the central bank’s independence. Her direction of monetary policy fostered confidence and stability in the midst of severe political and financial turbulence. In previous years, she had served as head of economic studies and as advisor to the President of the Central Bank.

In addition to her tenure at the Central Bank, Ms. Krivoy participated in pivotal processes including foreign debt restructuring negotiations in the late 1980s, state reform, fiscal reform and industrial competitiveness.

Ms. Krivoy has served as advisor to multilateral and regional financial institutions, and worked with the governments of Brazil, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico and Panama, advising on financial sector reform, crisis management, and contingency planning. She advises multilateral institutions and governments on financial sector reform and crisis management and served as Vice-Chair and member of the Bank Advisory Board of the Toronto Center for Global Leadership in Financial Supervision.

Ms. Krivoy holds a degree in economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she was the first woman to graduate summa cum laude.

She served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Monetary Theory at her alma mater and has written many papers and articles on monetary, financial and regulatory topics, as well as the book Collapse: The Venezuelan Banking Crisis of 1994, published by The Group of Thirty, Washington, D.C.