Members’ Roundtable Meeting with Dr Ricardo Torres

Date: Friday 18th May 2018

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

Venue: Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Ln, London EC4A 1JP

On Friday 18th May, the Cuba Initiative organised a members-only roundtable meeting with Dr Ricardo Torres, Cuban Economist, University of Havana. Dr Torres is a highly regarded expert on the Cuban Economy and public policy who has met with members of the Initiative in the past.

Dr Torres provided unique insight into the developments on the island, following Miguel Diaz-Canal’s election. Those in attendance were able to put their questions to Dr Torres following his presentation.


Dr Ricardo Torres is a professor of economics and Cuban economy with the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, at the University of Havana and a consultant to Cuban and foreign companies interested in Cuba.

He got his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana in 2011. He has a bi-weekly column at Progreso Semanal. He has been a government scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2007-2009) and research scholar at Harvard University (2011), Ohio State University (2012), Columbia University (2013) and American University (2015).

He has participated in conferences and courses in several countries in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic), United States, Europe (Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands), Asia (Japan, China, Singapore, Vietnam) and Africa (Morocco, South Africa).

He has also edited and authored several books and papers on the Cuban economy. Among his publications are Policies for Economic Growth: Cuba’s New Era in Cuba’s Economic Change in Comparative Perspective (Brookings Institution, 2014), No More Free Lunch: Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation (Springer, 2014) and Miradas a la Economía Cubana. Análisis del sector no estatal (Editorial Caminos, La Habana, 2015).

We would like to thank Bird & Bird for supporting this event