Former President, Inter-American Development Bank
Luis Alberto Moreno is the former president of the Inter-American Development Bank, having served from October 2005 to October 2020.
Mr. Moreno served as Colombia’s ambassador to the United States for seven years, in which he oversaw the improvement in Colombian-U.S. relations and built bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for $4+ billion in assistance programs for Colombia. Ambassador Moreno was also instrumental in the renewal and extension of the Andean Trade Preferences Act, and one of the leading negotiators on the Colombia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
He served as representative for the Andean Region of WestSphere Capital, a private equity firm focusing on investment in Latin America. Mr. Moreno also served as senior advisor to the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Organization, Colombia’s leading banking and financial group.
He was president of the Colombian government’s industrial finance corporation, and before then, minister of economic development. Upon leaving the Ministry, he was tapped to chair Andrés Pastrana’s presidential campaign.
Previously, Mr. Moreno was executive producer of TV Hoy, a news program which received the Spanish language equivalent of a Pulitzer during his tenure. He has also received distinctions, including the “Orden de Boyacá en el Grado de Gran Cruz” awarded by the President of Colombia.
Mr. Moreno obtained bachelor’s degrees in business administration and economics from Florida Atlantic University, and an MBA from Thunderbird University’s American Graduate School of International Management. In the field of journalism, he was awarded a Neiman Fellowship by Harvard University.