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Luis Ubiñas
Luis Ubiñas is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation, which invests $100 million in development projects in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Luis also serves on several multilateral, governmental and nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Advisory Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships and the Advisory Committee for the Export Import Bank of the United States. He is a Trustee of the New York Public Library and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. In the private sector, Luis is Lead Director at Electronic Arts and a member of the Shorelight Education Board of Directors.

Luis served as president of the Ford Foundation from 2008 through 2013. The Foundation is the second largest in the United States with an endowment of $12 billion and operates worldwide, with offices in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. While at the Foundation, he led a broad-based restructuring of the organization, including a strategic resetting of its programs, reinvestment of over 80% of the endowment, and a rebuilding of facilities and systems. Prior to leading the Ford Foundation, Luis was a Director at McKinsey & Company, leading the firm’s media practice on the West Coast. He served technology, telecommunications and media companies, working with them to develop and implement strategies and improve operations. Much of his work focused on the opportunities and challenges represented by the global growth of broadband and wireless technologies and applications.

Luis is a graduate of Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was named a Truman Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, graduating with highest honors. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Entries by Luis Ubiñas

Why Are We Surprised by Oil at $30 a Barrel?

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 2:04 PM

You can hear a global sigh of relief as crude oil prices begin to stabilize after a 75 percent decline over the last year, from a high of over $140 a barrel to $30. There is a false sense that the recent lows in the price of crude oil are...

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The Dollar, Jobs and Interest Rates

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 12:24 PM

The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates last month as many expected. Their reasons were understandable: one in 10 Americans remains unemployed, underemployed or so discouraged that they have fallen out of the labor force; inflation remains consistently near zero; and growth remains below three percent with large swings...

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Where Is That GDP Growth We Keep Waiting For?

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 4:27 PM

The U.S. economy is like a high hurdler racing down the track, expected to gain speed even as barriers impede progress.

Last week, we learned that the economy grew a paltry 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015, nearly recessionary. This news was greeted with surprise in...

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Where Is That Inflation We've Been Waiting For?

(38) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Since the beginning of the great recession policy makers, economists and investors have been waiting for the emergence of a new inflationary cycle. A return to the pre-Volker inflation of the late 1970s and early 1980s, when mortgage rates were as high as 18 percent and the price of bread,...

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The Republican Party Needs Immigration Reform

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:14 AM

In this season of folly in which the Republican Party has lurched from the debacles of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling to now anger over the embarrassing failings of the HealthCare.Gov website, President Obama and others have renewed the call for the serious work of comprehensive immigration reform....

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Celebrating a Year of Progress on Expanded Learning Time

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:11 PM

The Time to Succeed Coalition launched a year ago with a simple mission: to ensure all children in our nation's communities have more and better learning time in school. We envisioned an alliance where educators, parents and other concerned citizens would come together with leaders in government, education,...

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Look to the World's Forests -- and the People Who Live There -- for Climate Change Solutions

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 10:54 AM

More than a decade of record heat and a ceaseless progression of "once in a century" storms have put climate change at the top of the global agenda. Today, the world marks the International Day of Forests, an urgent reminder of the largely unrealized potential of innovative forestry...

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How to Learn in the 21st Century (Video)

(52) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 8:48 AM

Imagine waking up in the morning and taking a horse and buggy to the office. Or doing your work with a quill and ink by candlelight. It's unimaginable. Yet every day we ask millions of children to make do in an education system designed for life in the 1800s.


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At Global Climate Change Talks, an Answer Grows Right Outside

(15) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 9:00 AM

This week, the international community is gathering in the Mexican city of Cancún to address one of the most serious and intractable issues facing the planet today: climate change.

When the conversation turns to how to protect forests that help reduce greenhouse gases, the participants need look...

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