Francisco Enrique Castaneda Gonzales





Francisco Castaneda is an economist graduated from Universidad de Chile. He holds a PhD in Geography (Economic Development) at Loughborough University (UK) and a MSc in Money, Banking and Finance at the University of Birmingham (UK). Starting his professional career, he worked as Advisor at the Chilean Ministry of Finance and as an Economist at the Central Bank of Chile.
Francisco has also built a career in academia. With regards to his professional development, he received a scholarship (2021, “Luksic Scholars”) for the program “Business, International Relations & Political Economy” (London School of Economics), training in “Advanced Economic Growth” (2017) at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany) and participated in APORDE – African program on rethinking development economics – in 2011 (grant from the South African Department of Trade & Industry).
In terms of his research, Francisco has published chapters in the international handbooks Routledge (Industrial Policy and SOEs) and in several journals: Studies in Business and Economics (Determinants of Financial Literacy), El Trimestre Economico (Finance; Corporate Bonds), the Geographical Journal of the RGS (Microfinance), CIRIEC’s working papers -Liege University (SOEs and Industrial Policy) and contributed to the first Chilean entrepreneurship teaching case collection, 2011 (Babson College, USA).
He has been visiting professor since 2019 at University of Birmingham (UK), University of Applied Sciences Joanneum (Austria) from 2010-present, University of Warsaw (2017), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, (2016), UNITEC (Honduras), Euromed Grand Ecole (Marseille, France), Costa Rica and Panama (Universidad Interamericana).
Furthermore, to enhance his skillsets and capacity in his current role as academic director, Francisco has completed short specialist courses such as a Certificates in Renewable Energy Finance (2022, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) and in Digital Disruption Strategies (2021, Cambridge Judge Business School). He also participated in the EU-Erasmus programs “Co-innovation Masterclass” (2021) with a focus on smart cities.
Currently, he is Director of the Business School of Universidad Mayor, one of the leading universities in Chile. In his career in higher education, he has managed academic programs and has been – and continues to be – a proponent of supporting the insertion of students in the international academic sphere (international projects, scholarships and double degrees).
Francisco, as a researcher, has a strong focus on the following fields:
a) Industrial policy, innovation & international trade,
b) Macro-Financial Economics.

Both lines of research lie at the intersection of economic and business development in Latin America.