Laura Alfaro is the Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration in the Harvard Business School at Harvard University. Her expertise includes international economics, international capital flows, foreign direct investment, sovereign debt and development. Laura is also a Faculty Research Associate in the NBER International Finance and Macroeconomics Program and the International Trade and Investment Program, CEPR International Macroeconomics and Finance programme, member of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Economic Advisory Board, the Latin-American Financial Regulatory Committee (CLAAF), Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and member of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies’ (DRCLAS) policy committee, among others. She served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica from 2010-2012. Laura earned her PhD in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999.