Dr. Graciana del Castillo is Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University and a founding partner of MAG (Macroeconomic Advisory Group). She is a Member of the Afghanistan Study Group at the New America Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Calvo Fund, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, and the WATU Foundation for Indigenous Populations in Madrid. She is also an Associated Fellow of the International Center for Globalization and Development in Santiago de Chile.
Dr. del Castillo was the first senior economist in the Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General in the early 1990’s, involved in ongoing peace operations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She continued work on countries at war and post-conflict at the IMF (1996-98), where she also taught financial programming to government officials and directors of central banks in countries from Russia to Ecuador. She was Special Economic Advisor to Bernard Kouchner, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, after the 1999 war. In 2000, she was invited by the IMF and the World Bank to moderate a major donor’s meeting on Timor-Leste in Prague. She has been a director at Standard & Poor’s (2000-02) and the Centennial Group (2006-10), a visiting scholar at the OECD Development Center (2002) in Paris, a senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-07), and a participant in Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) projects in Asia and Latin America (2007-08).