Arturo Porzecanski is Distinguished Economist in Residence and Director of the International Economic Relations Programme at American University, Washington DC. He previously taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Williams College, but is a late arrival to academia, having spent most of his professional career working as an international economist on Wall Street. Prof Porzecanski was chief economist for emerging markets at ABN AMRO the Americas at ING Bank (1994-2000); chief emerging-markets economist at Kidder, Peabody & Co (1992-93); chief economist at Republic National Bank of New York (1989-92); senior economist at JP Morgan Bank (1977-89); research economist at the Centre for Latin American Monetary Studies in Mexico City (1975-76); and visiting economist at the International Monetary Fund (1973). Since 2006, he carries out and publishes research in international finance; provides consulting services to legal and financial firms, as well as to US government agencies and multilateral institutions; and serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.