Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism
The Economy Ministry’s mission is to promote the modernization and competitiveness of Chile’s industrial structure; private initiative and market efficiency; innovation, and the further insertion of Chile’s economy into the international market. Its object is to achieve sustained, sustainable and equitable growth through the formulation of policies, programs and instruments that facilitate Chile's industrial activities, businesses and the Chilean and foreign public and private institutions that are related to the country’s industrial and technological development.
José Ramón ValenteECONOMY, DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM MINISTER
Mr. Valente holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Universidad de Chile and an MBA from Chicago University. He is currently Executive Director of Econsult, a consulting firm with over 30 years of experience in financial advising and investments. He has taught Economics and International Finance at the Universidad de Chile’s School of Economics and Business and at Universidad Gabriela Mistral.
He was an advisor on capital market reform to Presidents Eduardo Frei and Ricardo Lagos. He was also a consultant for the Inter-American Investment Corporation of the IDB for the Government of Costa Rica in the early 1990s on the study to reform the pension system. Mr. Valente has been part of the Public Policy Council of thinktank Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo since 2010 and has participated in the programmatic design of the economic teams of presidential candidacies. He recently served as Economic Coordinator of President-elect Sebastián Piñera.
Mr. Valente has been married for 31 years to Verónica Stein, with whom he has six children.
Eduardo RiquelmeFISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE UNDERSECRETARY
Mr. Riquelme holds a Degree in Legal Sciences from Universidad del Mar and is a doctoral candidate in Law at Universidad de Navarra. Over the course of his career, he has practiced law for over 20 years in various firms, specializing in criminal law. He also has been a university professor, speaker and researcher in that field.
During President Piñera’s first administration, he served as Director of the Political Relations Division of the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency and as Defense Ministry Cabinet Chief.
He is an active member of the Renovación Nacional party and has twice served as its Deputy Chairman.
Mr. Riquelme is married and has one child.
Mónica ZalaquettTOURISM UNDERSECRETARY
Ms. Zalaquett is a former member of Congress, entrepreneur and radio and TV personality. She studied Journalism in Bolivia and Chile and holds a Diploma in Political Campaign Management from American University.
In December 2009, she was elected to Congress as a member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party to represent the districts of Maipú, Estación Central and Cerrillos from 2010 to 2014. As a legislator, she participated actively on the following standing committees: Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Economics, Inter-Branch Matters, Latin American Integration, Family and Senior Citizens. She chaired the Tourism Standing Committee from 2012 to 2013 and the Economics Standing Committee from 2013 to 2014.
Ms. Zalaquett has dedicated a great deal of effort to social issues, serving on the board of nonprofit Fundación Palestina Belén 2000 and the Metropolitan Region Tourism Committee. Ms. Zalaquett is an active member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente party and served as the party’s Deputy Chair for the period 2010-2011.
She is married and has four children.
Ignacio GuerreroECONOMY AND SMALL BUSINESS UNDERSECRETARY
Mr. Guerrero holds a Degree in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was the Municipal Administrator and Interim Mayor of the Municipality of Futrono from 2004 to 2006.
From 2010 to 2014, he was Region Unit Chief in the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency, where he coordinated the design and implementation of all of the country’s Regional Development Plans. He also was a mediator in social conflicts in Aysén (2011), Arauco (2012) and Tocopilla (2013).
Mr. Guerrero recently served as Director of Partners and Regional Development of the Federation of Chilean Industry (SOFOFA), overseeing the development of institutional relationships with authorities and research centers and creating regional industry programs and indices.
Mr. Guerrero is single and an active member of Evópoli.