Director, Investment Centre Gustavo Merino joined FAO in April 2013, after several years working for the Mexican Government in the fields of agricultural finance, poverty alleviation and rural development. From August 2010 to December 2012, he was CEO of Mexico’s development bank for agriculture and rural areas Financiera Rural, with assets of over 2 billion USD. Prior to that, he worked for 8 years at the Ministry of Social Development where he held several positions including Vice- Minister for Social and Human Development, responsible for the implementation of most social and poverty alleviation programmes, Vice-Minister for Prospective, Planning and Evaluation and Head of the Planning and International Affairs Unit. Mr Merino has also been a Professor of Economics and founding Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. He has also been a consultant for international organizations and private companies in the field of social development, public finance, development and competition policy. He has a BA in Economics from ITAM and a Master and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.