Danilo Astori is the Uruguayan Minister of Economy and Finance and prior to assuming the position he served as Vice President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. He was also the Minister of Economy and Finance (2005-2008) and Senator (1990-2005). Astori, a Public Accountant and Economist by the University of the Republic, holds an honorary doctorate from the National University of Santa Fe, Argentina, and another from the National University of Vietnam. In 2014, he was decorated by the Government of Chile with the Bernardo O’Higgins Order - Great Cross. Has been largely associated with the academic sector as a professor and as Dean of the School of Economics of the University of the Republic first in 1973 and later during the period 1985-1989. In 1978 he founded, along with other researchers, the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies - Uruguay (CIEDUR), a non-governmental organization which contributes to the country’s sustainable development through development research and studies.