Rodrigo de Rato is the former Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Before that he was vice president for Economic Affairs in Spain. His topics are global economics and international development.
He was a member of Spains parliament from 1982 to 2004. In March 1996 the PP party won the Spanish general election. Jose-Maria Aznar became Prime Minister of Spain, and Rodrigo de Rato became both second Vice President and political minister for Economic Affairs, which included commerce and tourism. In March 2000 the PP won power for a second time.