Rodrigo Garcia is a Bolivian economist and social entrepreneur
who is well versed in private sector development and climate
change adaptation. He was, until recently, an economist for the
Strategic Planning and Knowledge Division at IDB Invest, the
private sector financing branch of the Interamerican
Development Bank (IDB) Group. Previously, Rodrigo worked
for the World Bank and as a research fellow in the Research
Department of the IDB, as well as for Compass Lexecon, one of
the largest antitrust consultancy firms in the world.
Rodrigo is also the co-founder and CEO of Suyana, a startup that
offers climate insurance products for farmers in developing
countries. The company has been awarded with grants and
awards from prestigious institutions, including the Harvard
Innovation Lab, Village Capital, and Google for Startups.
Rodrigo holds a master’s degree in economics and
development (MPA ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of
Government. Previously, he obtained a master’s degree in the
economics of competition and market regulation from the
Barcelona School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in
economics from Tecnologico de Monterrey.
As part of the AsiaGlobal Fellows Program, Rodrigo plans to
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conduct research on how the US and Chinese economic
decoupling and consequent disputes will shape the regulatory
and trade environments for digital services in developing
countries. This is particularly relevant to how these countries
can handle their insertion in global trade and their prospects
for local economic growth.