Dr. Erick Rengifo is the Founder and Director of the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Fordham University. He is an active scholar with interests in econometric forecasts, risk management, insurance, microfinance and micro-insurance. Dr Erick Rengifo has also extensive private sector experience as an economic consultant, an independent investment and project counselor, and as a corporation controller. He has also been a university professor in Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Universidad Nacional de San Marcos (Perú). Dr. Erick Rengifo holds a PhD in economics with concentration in Finance and Econometrics from Catholic University of Louvain-Belgium. His academic background includes an MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain-Belgium, a Master in Finance from the Universidad del Pacífico and a Master in Economics with concentration in “Quantitative Methods in Economics” from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Perú).