Alberto Arenas

Minister of Finance, Chile

Mr. Alberto Arenas de Mesa became Minister of Finance on March 11, 2014 under the current administration led by President Michelle Bachelet.

He was born in Santiago and he has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chile, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburg (1997).

Minister Arenas has vast experience in the public sector, having joined the Ministry of Finance in 1990 as an advisor within the Budget Office, where he specialized in public finances. In 1997 he was appointed as the Head of the Research Department at the Budget Office and from 2000 to 2006 he was the Deputy Director of Rationalization and Public Function of the Budget Office.

During the President Bachelet’s first administration (2006 – 2010), Minister Arenas was the Director of the Budget Office. Under his leadership, the Budget Office teams introduced and implemented the reform of pension system, which started its implementation in July 1, 2008. He remained in this position until February 10, 2010, when he was nominated by President Bachelet to join the Council of CODELCO, Chile’s national mining company. From March 2010 to June 2013, he became a senior researcher at the Microdata Center of the Economics Department of the University of Chile.

Minister Arenas has also being a consultant to international organizations such as the IADB, ILO, World Bank and CEPAL, and professor of the Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chile.

Author of the book, “History of the Chilean Pension Reform: A Successful Experience in Democratic Public Policy,” ILO (2010), Santiago, Chile, he has also co-authored over thirty publications.

Minister Arenas is married and father of 3 daughters.