Vito Tanzi is an expert economist with extensive experience in academia, government and international institutions. In addition to serving as a senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank from 2003-2007, Tanzi has consulted for the World Bank, the United Nations, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Organization of American States. Tanzi’s extensive research and writing credentials include the authorship of nearly 20 books, published in several countries, as well as many editor credits, and hundreds of articles in professional economic journals. His recent works on Latin America include Taxation and Latin American Integration (edited with A. Barreix and L. Villela, Harvard University 2008) and The Charm of Latin America: Economic and Cultural Impressions (New York: 1Universe Inc. 2010). He holds a B.A. (1959) and M.A. (1961) in Economics from the George Washington University as well as an M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1967) in Economics from Harvard University.