Santiago Peña Palacios is Minister of Finance of Paraguay. Peña worked at the Central Bank of Paraguay from 2000 to 2009 before joining the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., where he was an economist with the Africa Division. In 2012 he returned to Paraguay as a Board Member of the Central Bank. He holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Universidad Católica de Asunción.