Carlos Magariños has continued to be very active in recent years. He has founded companies, continued his academic career and joined important institutions throughout the world.

All of his activities have a common denominator: improving people’s lives in a world undergoing a change of era. His work seeks to understand this change and encourages a combination of efforts by business, government, academia and civil society in the construction of a modern society that offers opportunities for everyone.

The present

Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to the Federative Republic of Brazil

In the last decade

Upon his return to Argentina in the year 2007, he founded Prospectiva /Foresight 2020, a modern think tank dedicated to identifying and anticipating business trends and technological developments, as well as discovering new markets in the food, renewable energy, biotechnology, and information and communications technology sectors. The firm soon expanded to other countries, opening offices in Austria, Peru, India and Mexico.

A couple of years later, in 2010, he partnered with a well-known Latin American businessman to found Global Business Development Network, a company dedicated to the financing of investment projects identified by Prospectiva/Foresight 2020.

In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Peru. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of San Ignacio College in the USA and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Paraguay, as well. | |

Entre 2010 y 2015 se desempeña como Chairman Global de Global Alliance of SMEs, una ONG global (con oficinas actualmente en China, USA, India, Perú, Argentina y México) dedicada a promover el desarrollo de los emprendedores y las pequeñas y medianas empresas.

In the year 2011, he joined the New Delhi-based Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the leading institution of its kind in India where, along with other distinguished personalities, he serves as a member of the International Advisory Board.

In addition, he has been member of the International Advisory Board of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha, an Indian NGO dedicated to holistic human development.

In 2013, he was named a Senior Fellow at Chong Yang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, one of Asia’s leading think tanks.

That same year, he launched Newconomics, a website created for the purpose of exploring paradigm changes in the international economy associated with the disruptive effect of new technologies and the emergence of new markets and new business models.

In 2014, he presented his latest book, Argentina 4.0 La Revolución Ciudadana (Argentina 4.0 The People’s Revolution), in which he establishes the challenges traditional political systems face due to the emergence of a “Digital Democracy” defined by growing public participation.

Upon completing his term as the director general of the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) in December of 2005, Carlos Magariños was named a Senior Associated Member of Saint Anthony´s College at the University of Oxford and relocated there.

From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Crans Montana Forum, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which had honored him with the Prix de la Fondation award in 2002.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina’s second largest financial entity, a position for which he had been nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Provincial Senate.


Since 1999, Carlos Magariños has been a member of the Montevideo Circle, which was founded in 1996 as an initiative of then president of Uruguay, Julio María Sanguinetti. President Sanguinetti called upon Latin American and European presidents and leaders, heads of international organizations and multilateral lending institutions, and prestigious personalities from all over the world to form an academic foundation dedicated to contributing points of reference to support responsible leadership, as well as to contributing to social and democratic debate in search of new paths for governability and sustainable human development in this region that, with its diversity, presents common challenges.


Argentina’s ambassador to Brazil. After 20 years, I have returned to the national government. Over the past decade (2006-15), my work has focused on the private sector and academia. I founded Foresight 2020 and Global Business Development Network; I served on the boards of directors and committees of businesses and NGOs in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and I was named Senior Associated Member (Saint Anthony´s College, Oxford) and Senior Fellow (Chong Yang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China) of educational institutions. Previously, I was elected twice by an international committee as the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (1997-05, ONUDI). I was also Argentina’s Secretary of Industry and its Economic and Trade Representative in Washington DC (1993-97).


Carlos Magariños was the director general of UNIDO for two consecutive periods. He was chosen for this position in open, independent elections held among over 170 member states. During the 8 years he headed UNIDO, he managed a USD1.3 billion portfolio. The successful implementation of reforms under his leadership led to 150% growth in voluntary contributions.