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Moises Naim

Moisés Naím (born 1952) is a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist whose writings are published by leading papers worldwide, and the author of more than 10 books. In 2013, the British magazine Prospect listed Naim as one of the world's leading thinkers. In 2014, Dr. Naím was ranked among the top 100 influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for work in his latest book, The End of Power.
Naim served as the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine for 14 years (1996-2010). Since 2011, he has directed and hosted Efecto Naim, a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas on NTN24. In 2010, he received the Ortega y Gasset Prize for his important contribution to journalism in the Spanish language.

He is the former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Director of its Central Bank and Executive Director of the World Bank.
Moisés Naím studied at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained both a master’s of science and doctorate degrees.
Naím was a professor of business strategy and industrial economics at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Venezuela’s leading business school and research center located in Caracas. He also served as its dean between 1979 and 1988.

From 1989 to 1990, Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry, where he played a role in launching major economic reforms. He wrote about this experience in his 1993 book Paper Tigers and Minotaurs and spoke about it in an interview with journalist Mirtha Rivero.
Moises Naím is the chief international columnist for El Pais, the most widely read newspaper in Spain. His column, "The Global Observer", is also published in Italy (La Repubblica), France ( and in the major newspapers of Latin America. He is also a regular contributor to the Financial Times “A List" and is a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

Among other publications, Naím's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, TIME, Le Monde, Berliner Zeitung and many more, making him one of today's most widely read columnists on international economics and geopolitics.

In 1996, Naím became the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. Under his guidance, the magazine re-launched and won the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence three times. During this period, it transformed from an academic quarterly to a bimonthly glossy.

During his tenure, he spearheaded the change in format by introducing powerful photography and art, increased frequency of publication, launched editions in other languages and the website

In 2008, Naim successfully completed the sale of the magazine to the Washington Post group, though he remained editor-in-chief until 2010.
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