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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.

Lucas Palacios


Mr. Palacios has a Degree in Business from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. He holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies with a specialization in Economics from the Universidad de Salamanca.

During President Piñera’s first term, he was the advisor for the Budget Department, and was later appointed Public Works Undersecretary.

Mr. Palacios is an active member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente party. His experience in the public sector includes serving as city councilor in the Puente Alto district, an executive role in the Association of Municipalities of the Precordillera area and the Jóvenes al Servicio de Chile (Youth at the Service of Chile) program of nonprofit Fundación Jaime Guzmán.

Mr. Palacios is married and has four children.


Mónica Zalaquett


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 Guerrero


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.


Román Zelaya


Román Zelaya is an attorney who holds a master’s degree in justice systems from Universidad de Lleida (Spain) and has completed graduate studies in administrative, criminal and labor law as well as public policy.

Prior to being appointed Fishing and Aquaculture Undersecretary, he served as the Director of the Legal Division of the Office of the Undersecretary.

During Sebastián Piñera’s first administration, he held two positions in the Interior and Public Safety Ministry: Head of the Research Division and Head of the Office of Compensation for Individuals Dismissed on Political Grounds.

He had previously worked at the Justice Ministry (2010-2011), the Labor Public Defender’s Office (2008-2010), the Criminal Public Defender’s Office (2000-2007) and the Judicial Assistance Corporation (1997-2000).

During the first part of his career, he practiced law at the firms Oelckers, Urrutia y Cía. (Valparaíso) and Corral & Zelaya (La Serena). He has also been a university lecturer.

Zelaya’s academic training includes a graduate certificate in criminal law (U. de Salamanca, Spain) and a certificate in oral litigation (California Western School of Law, USA).

He also holds a graduate degree in criminal procedure reform (U. Católica del Norte), a certificate in mediation (P. Universidad Católica de Chile) and a certificate in political analysis (Naval War Academy).

He also has completed missions abroad. In 2018, Zelaya led the Chilean delegation to the United Nations in the context of an intergovernmental conference on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (New York, USA). In January 2019, he led a second national delegation connected to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (The Hague, The Netherlands).

Román Zelaya (52) is married and a father of three.

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