Dr. Jaime Ortiz obtained his B.Sc. and a Diploma from the Universidad de Chile in Chile, his M.A. from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands, and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in the United States.
Before joining the University of Houston, Dr. Ortiz held a visiting distinguished professorial appointment in international economics and global business at a Chinese university. He has been Vice President of the Texas International Education Consortium after holding tenured faculty and senior administrative appointments in universities in Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. In those instances, Dr. Ortiz provided a strategic vision for their overall campus globalization efforts, implemented an array of international programs, partnerships, and research collaborations, and expanded the global education opportunities for faculty and students.
Dr. Ortiz has previously worked for international organizations, private corporations, and non-government entities in economic and business matters in more than thirty countries. He has advised, among others, Euroconsult B.V., United Nations Development Program, Gessellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Inter-American Development Bank, Junta del Acuerdo de Cartagena, Organization of American States, Pre-investment Organization of Latin America and the Caribbean, Technical Cooperation of the Suisse Government, and The World Bank.
Dr. Ortiz is the author, co-author, or editor of books, book chapters, textbooks, research monographs and technical reports, and refereed journal articles including the Journal of Industrial Economics (Chinese Mandarin), Latin American Research Review, International Journal of Business and Globalization, International Journal of Business and Economics, ABANTE, South European Review of Business Finance, Journal of Microfinance, Revista Portuguesa de Gestão, Journal of International Development, Ecuador Debate, Estudios de Economía, Cuadernos de Economía, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Business Higher Education, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who Directory of Economists.
Dr. Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and India and MSI Leadership Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His teaching interests include international economics and global business for undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. His research focuses on topics related to economic growth and development, global investment decisions, and identification of sources and origins of technical change. Dr. Ortiz has led various departmental, college, and university related committees. He has also made presentations and chaired national and international conferences on topics related to globalization of institutions of higher education.