Ricardo Hausmann is the current Director of the Center for International Development and a Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds the George A. Cowan chair at the Santa Fe Institute. Hausmann has concentrated his research efforts in two broad areas: the underlying determinants of macroeconomic volatility, financial fragility and crises; and the determinants of long run growth. Themes he has been exploring include the causes of growth accelerations and collapses; the causes and consequences of original sin; Growth Diagnostics, the process of structural transformation and the Product Space; and global imbalances. He has been a co-author of the World Economic Forum‘s yearly Global Gender Gap Report since its creation in 2006. Before joining Harvard, Hausmann was the former Venezuelan Minister of Planning and former Head of the “Presidential Office of Coordination and Planning” (1992–1993). He served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994–2000). Between 2005 and 2008 he chaired the International Panel on the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa, an international panel of economists called upon by South African government to advise their economic growth program. From 2010 to 2011, he was also the elected president of the Latin-American and Caribbean Economic Association.