Last Thursday night, on May 25, Javier Milei spoke by phone with Diana Mondino and offered her to head the list of candidates for deputies for the city of Buenos Aires.
They met hand-in-hand on Friday afternoon and the economist accepted the offer. His arrival at Libertad Avanza will be formalized in the next few hours, photo through, and represents an important move for the armed porteño, which projects Ramiro Marra as its candidate for head of government.
Mieli and Mondino had been talking for more than a year, so her candidacy for national deputy is not surprising. She had even been part of a dissertation by the libertarian economist at the Broadway Theatre on "the end of inflation" in September of last year. A key link, however, was his son Francisco Penkas, who is one of the political shipowners of the milleism in Córdoba.
Mondino had already sounded like a possible candidate for vice president of Milei, but finally the chosen one was Victoria Villarruel, current national deputy.
Mondino's role in the campaign, and also in Congress if elected, will be to talk about economic growth, how to promote exports, how to work with more competitive sectors and how to promote foreign relations.
The arrival of an economist like Mondino adds to those that Milei had already managed to sign last week, when he announced Roque Fernández and Carlos Rodríguez as part of his council of advisors in case of being elected president.
Both were important officials in Carlos Menem's second term as president: Fernández was economy minister from 1996 to 1999 and Rodríguez worked as secretary of economic policy, from '97 to '99.
Who is Diana Mondino
Diana Mondino is from Cordoba, is 64 years old and has an extensive career as an economist in the private sector. Her curriculum includes a master's degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of Navarra, as well as her current position as Director of Institutional Affairs and Professor of Finance at CEMA University.
Director of Institutional Affairs She is Director of Institutional Relations and Professor of Finance in the Master in Business Administration and Master in Finance of the CEMA University.
Mondino has experience in economic and management issues, and actively participates in various project evaluation processes, according to the official website of the CEMA website.
She was a director in companies listed in Argentina and NYSE such as Pampa Energía, Banco Supervielle and Loma Negra, in addition to managing the Latin American region for Standard & Poor's, based in New York. In 1991 he founded Risk Analysis, a local rating agency, later acquired by Standard & Poor's.
Among Mondino's main academic achievements, she holds a Master in Business Administration MBA from IESE, Spain, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the National University of Córdoba. He has also taken courses at Yale University (CT), Columbia University (NY.) and Darden University (Virginia), USA.