Claudio González-Vega is an economist and advocate from Costa Rica, with a Licence degree in Economy and a licence degree in Law from the University of Costa Rica. He obtained a Master degree in Economy from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economy from Stanford University.
He was Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics and Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University (OSU) from 1982 until 2010, when he became Professor Emeritus. He was Director of the Rural Finance Program, a center of excellence in finance and development. For his ability to transform studies results into political recommendations, he received the 'Distinguished Policy Contribution' award from the American Agricultural Economics Association.
Now, González-Vega is the President of Patronage of the Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA, located in Madrid. He was a consultant for international agencies (World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank , CAF,OEA, FAO, CEPAL, PNUD, WOCCU and USAID, among others) and for governments and financial authorities (Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Philippines, Haïti, Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Russia, among others). He teaches in the International Master Degree of Microfinance for Entrepreneurship of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in the Boulder Institute of Microfinance training program and in similar programs. During 3 decades, he wrote on microfinance development and regulation. He is the author of numerous books and articles on economic development, poverty, international trade, rural finance and microfinance.