Economist Carolina Trivelli Awarded 2016 Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship

September 19, 2016

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced today that economist Carolina Trivelli, Peru’s first Minister of Social Development and Inclusion, has been awarded the Council’s 2016 Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship. Trivelli is being honored for her dedication to financial inclusion, rural development and social policy in Peru.

"Peru has been leading the fight for financial prosperity and social well-being," said Brian T. Hanson, Vice President of Studies at the Council. "Carolina Trivelli is a visionary thinker whose role in advancing Peru’s economy and social policies is a remarkable break from traditional thinking; she is exactly the kind of leader we seek to honor with the Hart fellowship."  

Trivelli led the creation of Peru’s Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion and served as its first minister from 2011 to 2013.  She currently serves as senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and as president of the board of Pagos Digitales Peruanos, a company developing Peru’s national e-money platform and enabling groups traditionally left out of the financial system to join the formal economy.

Through the fellowship, which honors Latin American leaders contributing to the advancement of their society, Trivelli will visit Chicago October 11-14 to meet with Chicago’s civic, business and cultural leaders, culminating in her delivery of the Annual Gus Hart lecture October 13.

“Two thirds of the Peruvian poor live in rural areas, depend on agriculture and are unbanked,” said Trivelli. “One of the best ways we can improve Peruvians’ lives is to use banking and telecommunications to increase their financial access, which can lead to their economic inclusion and social improvements in many areas of life. Ultimately, the new e-money models could translate macroeconomic success into inclusive development across much of Latin America.” 

Carolina Trivelli holds a master’s in agricultural economics from Pennsylvania State and a bachelor’s in social science, majoring in economics, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

About the Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship
The Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship, named after Augustin S. Hart, former chairman of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is endowed by the Hart family to honor Gus Hart’s lifelong interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Each year the Council awards the fellowship to an emerging Latin American leader who is contributing to the advancement of society. Past recipients have included Felix Maradiaga of Nicaragua, Yoani Sanchez of Cuba, Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg of Mexico, Sérgio Fausto and Denis Mizne of Brazil, Sergio Jaramillo Caro of Colombia, and Henrique Capriles Radonski of Venezuela. Learn more.