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Miguel Urrutia Montoya (born 20 April 1939) is a Colombian economist and author, currently serving as Titular Professor of Economics at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.[1] He served as 12th General Manager of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia from 1993 to 2004, and as 5th Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy in 1977 during the administration of Alfonso López Michelsen.[2][3][4]

Miguel Urrutia Montoya
12th General Manager of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia
In office
22 February 1993 – 3 January 2005
PresidentCésar Gaviria Trujillo
Preceded byFrancisco José Ortega Acosta
Succeeded byJosé Darío Uribe Escobar
5th Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia
In office
27 January 1977 – 3 October 1977
PresidentAlfonso López Michelsen
Preceded byJaime García Parra
Succeeded byEduardo Gaitán Durán
Personal details
Born(1939-04-20)20 April 1939
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Spouse(s)Elsa Pombo Kopp (1963-present)
ChildrenElena Urrutia Pombo
Santiago Urrutia Pombo
Isabel Urrutia Pombo
Alma materHarvard University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD)


Urrutia finished his secondary education at Portsmouth Priory School, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1957 with Bachiller cum laude. He then attended Harvard University graduating magna cum laude in 1961 with Bachelor of Economics. He continued to pursue his studies at the received a University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained his Master of Economics in 1964, and his PhD in Economics in 1967 with his dissertation on Labour Unions in Colombia, published by Yale University Press under the title History of Colombian Labor Movement.[5] In 1982 he served as Deputy Rector of United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

Personal lifeEdit

Miguel Urrutia Montoya was born 20 April 1939 in Bogotá, D.C. to Francisco José Urrutia Holguín and Genoveva Montoya Williamson. He married Elsa Pombo Kopp in Bogotá on 3 August 1963, and together they have three children: Elena, Santiago, and Isabel.[6]


  1. ^ "Miguel Urrutia" (in Spanish). University of the Andes, Faculty of Economics. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  2. ^ "Esbozo biográfico de los Gerentes que ha tenido el Banco de la República desde 1923" [Biographical sketch of the Managers the Bank of the Republic has had since 1923] (in Spanish). Luis Ángel Arango Library. 2004-05-21. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  3. ^ González Díaz, Andrés (1982). Ministros del siglo XX, Vol. 2 [Minister of the 20th Century, Vol, 2]. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  4. ^ "Miguel Urrutia, El Banquero De La Cultura" [Miguel Urrutia, Culture Banker]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2004-03-07. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  5. ^ Curriculum Vitae: Miguel Urrutia Montoya, University of the Andes, Faculty of Economics, 2009-08-20, p. 1
  6. ^ Restrepo Sáenz, José María; Rivas, Raimundo; Restrepo Posada, José (1995) [1991]. Genealogías de Santa Fe de Bogotá, Volume 5 [Genealogies of Bogotá, Volume 5] (in Spanish). Grupo de investigaciones Genealógicas José Maria Restrepo Sáenz. p. 348. OCLC 28546996.