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March 24, 2022

Pensions, Social Security and Health Structures in Latin America

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The Latin American Policy Association (LAPA) and the Georgetown Americas Institute held a discussion about pensions, social security and health structure in Latin America. With the participation of: Dr. Francisco Cepeda, President of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), MsC. Juan Miguel Villa, National Director of Colombia's COLPENSIONES, and Dr. Marcelo Mosso, National Director of Chile's FONASA. Eliana Carlin the General Communications Director at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations of Peru moderated the discussion and Alejandro Werner, founding director of the Georgetown Americas Institute, gave the introductory remarks.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Latin American Policy Association and the Georgetown Americas Institute.


Francisco Cepeda is Chairman of the Board of Directors of IESS (Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social). He has more than 20 years of experience in health institutions management and insurance. Cepeda has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Clinics and Hospitals of Ecuador (ACHPE), and the Vice President of the Association of Prepaid Medicine Companies. He has teaching experience in topics related to business administration, finances, and health institutions management. Cepeda is an economist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and has a Master's degree in Business Management from Universidad Internacional del Ecuador.

Juan Miguel Villa is the president of COLPENSIONES (Colombia's Pension Administrator). He is an Economist and Ph.D. in development policy and management from the University of Manchester, UK. Villa has Fifteen years of experience in the areas of social protection, labor markets, public policy evaluation, and management of social security agencies as well as consultancy and policy dialogue expertise with multilateral organizations in Latin America, Africa, and South East Asia. He has expertise in the design and implementation of social protection programs in Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Kenya. Publications in peer-reviewed journals and working paper reports in the fields of labor markets, social protection, pensions, and the econometrics of scientific program evaluation.

Marcelo Mosso is an Industrial Civil Engineer from the University of Chile, with recognized experience in the insurance, financial, and health sectors, occupying managerial positions in both the public and private sectors. He has served as Director, Consultant, and General Manager of different companies in Chile and Latin America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of companies and is a member of the "Health Economics, Management and Policy Programs Advisory Board" of the Newcastle Business School. The University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of several publications and on the occasion of the pandemic has co-authored papers on large-scale observational studies on the effectiveness of the Sars Cov2 booster dose in Chile. Until March 10, he served as National Director of Fonasa, Chile's public health insurance that protects 80% of the population, a position he held from March 2018.

Eliana Carlin (moderator) is a political scientist and a Master in Public Policy at Georgetown University (MPP'16). She is currently the General Communications Director at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations of Peru and former Policy Advisor to the Executive Presidency of Essalud - Social Security in Peru.

Alejandro Werner (introductions) is the founding director of the Georgetown Americas Institute and a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute. He recently completed almost nine years as director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to that appointment, he rose to undersecretary in Mexico’s Finance Ministry and taught at leading universities in Mexico, Spain and the United States. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.