Profile of Peru’s next ministers


Salomón Lerner and Luis Castilla (Photo: Andina )

An article published in Gestión profiled some of the recent nominees given by President-elect Ollanta Humala.

Primer Minister: Salomón Lerner

Lerner, considered the closest person to Humala, aside from his wife Nadine, was the main strategist behind Humala’s campaign.

Lerner was responsible for adding a group of moderate experts to strengthen Humala’s candidacy ahead of the second round of presidential elections. Lerner, a wealthy businessman, also provided a strong link between Humala and the business world.

Lerner was an adviser during President Alan Garcias’ first administration (from 1985 to 1990), as well as former President Alejandro Toledo’s, before resigning amid a political scandal.

Minister of Finance: Luis Castilla

Castillo is an economist who recently served as deputy-Minister of Treasury. He received a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and has previously worked at the World Bank and the Andean Development Community.

Experts agree that Castilla would keep in place the free-market policies of recent years.

Minister of Energy and Mines: Carlos Herrera Descalzi

Herrera is an engineer who had previously been Minister of Energy and Mines during the transitional government of Valentín Paniagua. During this time he had a role in the signing of contracts for the Camisea gas field.

Foreign Affairs Minister: Rafael Roncagliolo

Roncagliolo is a sociologist and former professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru and the Catholic University of Peru.

Roncagliolo recently told Andina that under his guidance Peru will promote a foreign policy of integration and cooperation with all countries, regardless of ideological distinctions.