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Bob M.J.M. Traa (1958) earned a BBA, MSC and PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. He worked for over 32 years at the International Monetary Fund on macroeconomic policy issues, such as countries' growth potential and outlook, fiscal and monetary policy, money and banking, exchange rate and balance of payments policies, policy sustainability, among others.

Dr. Traa gained extensive experience in Latin America (including Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador), the Caribbean, North America, and Europe (including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Israel). He also worked on countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. 

In June 2019 he was appointed President of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten.

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Leila A. Matroos - Lasten (1974) graduated as a bachelor in business administration and as a chartered accountant at the University of the Netherlands Antilles and started her career in 1996 as accountant at KPMG Accountants B.V.

After working for KPMG for 4 years Mrs. Matroos worked for 8 years as vice president operational, information and security risk management at the ING Bank N.V. Curacao Branch. After working for ING Bank N.V., Mrs. Matroos worked for 6 years for UTS N.V. as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Development Committee.

Hereafter Mrs. Matroos assumed the function of adjunct director at Algemeen Pensioen Fonds van Curaçao. In this function, Mrs. Matroos was responsible for the financial, human resource, information technology and internal affairs management of the Fund. Having worked for these companies, Mrs. Matroos has gained quite an experience in both the Auditing, Financial Management as Risk Management areas.

As of November 14, 2017, Mrs. Matroos assumed the function of Directeur-Secretaris (Director Secretary) and until the appointment of Mr. Bob Traa in June, 2019, Acting-President at the Centrale Bank van Curaçao and St. Maarten. In this function, Mrs. Matroos is responsible for the strategy, internal control, operational, financial, human resource, information technology and internal affairs management of the Bank.

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José M.N. Jardim (1973) born and raised in Curaçao, graduated in Economics in 1996 from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), concluded his post-graduate in Economics in 2007 from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) Portugal, and earned his doctoral degree Ph.D. in Economics in 2012 from the ISEG, Portugal. In his doctoral dissertation, Mr. Jardim established a relationship between optimal fiscal consolidation policies and the informal economy using a Dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) framework.

From 1997 until 2017, Mr. Jardim occupied several positions at the Ministry of Finance of the former Netherlands Antilles and of Curaçao. Mr. Jardim’s last position at the Ministry of Finance of Curaçao was Permanent Secretary, the most senior ranked civil servant within the Ministry. During his tenure as Minister of Finance of Curaçao (September 2012 – December 2016) Mr. Jardim interacted with his peers from around the world on areas covering the economy, public finances, tax affairs and renewable energy, and was responsible for the design and implementation of a vast fiscal consolidation program.

Furthermore, Mr. Jardim has headed extensive tax policy missions to multilateral organizations such as the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), worked in tandem with members of the Small Island Development States (SIDS) on the blue economy and has broad experience interacting with the institutions of the European Union (E.U.). Throughout Mr. Jardim’s education and working experience he acquired extensive skills in management and governance, constitutional change, public management, macroeconomics, especially growth economics, monetary policy, public finances and econometric methods.

As of 17 November 2017, Mr. Jardim was appointed member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank, responsible for the Economic and Financial divisions.

Last updated: 08.08.2019 09:08