Héctor Salazar Sánchez

George Mason University Costello College of Business Faculty Héctor Salazar Sánchez
Titles and Organizations

Adjunct Faculty, Real Estate Development

Contact Information

Email: hsalazar@gmu.edu


Dr. Salazar has an extensive professional experience and technical expertise in social and economic development problems of Latin America & the Caribbean region – LAC. He recently retired from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) after 27 years of service (1990-2017).

As former Manager of the Social Sectors Department of the IADB (2012-2017), Dr. Salazar led the financial and technical assistance operations and applied research program for LAC countries (~US$2.2 billion p.a.). These operations comprised of sector policy and program design, implementation and evaluation, in education, health, social protection, labor markets, social security, and gender & diversity. As Principal Economist and Urban Development Specialist at the IADB, Dr. Salazar led the design and implementation of especially challenging projects in municipal development, urban development & housing, urban rehabilitation & cultural heritage, social security reform and public-private investment in education and health in Southern Cone countries.

Previous to his career at the IADB, Dr. Salazar was a faculty member of the former Center for Demographic and Economic Studies of El Colegio de México (1981-1986), where he carried out research and teaching on urban development and economics. Dr. Salazar has also been part-time lecturer on themes related to globalization and urbanization at the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University (GWU) (2008-2012).

Dr. Salazar has a PhD (‘91) and MA (’89) degrees on Regional Science (Urban & Regional Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a MA degree in Urban Development from El Colegio de México (’83). He obtained is BA degree in Urban Planning from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México) (’81).


  • BA, Urban Planning, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México) (’81)
  • MA, Urban Development, El Colegio de México (’83).
  • PhD (‘91) and MA (’89), Regional Science (Urban & Regional Economics), University of Pennsylvania