Agustín Carstens

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Person.png Agustín Carstens  Rdf-icon.png
(central banker, economist)
Agustín Carstens.jpg
Born 9 June 1958
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, University of Chicago

Employment.png BIS/General Manager

In office
1 December 2017 - Present
Preceded by Jaime Caruana
A five year term

Employment.png Governor of the Bank of Mexico

In office
1 January 2010 - 30 November 2017
Preceded by Guillermo Ortiz Martínez

Employment.png Mexico/Secretary of Finance and Public Credit

In office
1 December 2006 - 9 December 2009

Employment.png IMF/Deputy managing director

In office
1 August 2003 - 16 October 2006
One of three deputies reporting to the director and the board

Agustín Carstens became BIS General Manager on December 1st, 2017.


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As BIS head, Carstens stated in 2018 that Bitcoin was "a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster" and indicated that there would be a crackdown on the currency.[1] He was mocked by adovcates of cryptocurrencies "for merely representing the interests of national fiat currency monopolies in quashing potential competitors" and his report contained numerous factual errors.[2]