Delano S. Villanueva was born in Angeles City, Philippines and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Villanueva's research is public policy-oriented, focused on Asian macroeconomic and financial sector policies, and economic growth and development. He has published extensively in international journals. For 30 years, he was an official at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he worked in operations, research, and training.
In 1982-86, he was the IMF Resident Representative in Seoul, Korea. In 1997-99, the IMF assigned him as Research Director of the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre. After his IMF career, he served as Consultant to the IMF Institute, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (in all, as Lecturer and Workshop Counselor for training courses). In 2005-06, he was Visiting Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University, during which he undertook research on Asian fiscal and monetary policies, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Bank for International Settlements. In 2013-14, he was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at De La Salle University (DLSU).
He is currently Special Consultant on Financial Programming and External Debt Sustainability with the Department of Economic Research and International Sub-Sector, Monetary Stability Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
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