In 2015 Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet responded to public outcry over a number of scandals by creating an advisory council tasked with taking aim at corruption. We spoke with the former chair of that council, Eduardo Engel, to learn about progress in Chile’s ongoing efforts to enact reforms and prevent corruption in the public and private spheres. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Eduardo Engel is President of Espacio Público, a leading Chilean think tank and is a professor of economics at the University of Chile. In 2015 he presided over President Michelle Bachelet’s Presidential Advisory Council on Conflict of Interest, Influence-Peddling, and Corruption. Dr. Engel is also is president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and has served as a consultant to various governments and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Investment Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). He formerly served as president of the Fiscal Advisory Council of the Government of Chile.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.