Dr. Máximo Torero Cullen is the chief economist and the Assistant Director General of the Economic and Social Development Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Prior to joining FAO in January 2019, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay since November 2016. Dr. Torero has also led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
His major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.
Dr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. He is a professor on leave at the University of the Pacific (Perú) and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Torero has received a number of global awards and accolades, ranging from the Georg Foster Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2000, Outstanding Research on Development by The Global Development Network in 2000 and 2002, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2014.