José Luis De Ramón, the influencer of economic policies
In 1976, Spain was awakening from Franco’s regime involved in the controversy over the changes in the cinema, including several female full-frontal nudities and the participation in musical festivals like Eurovision where Braulio and “Sobran las palabras” remained in the sixteenth place, while “Libertad sin Ira” of Jarcha flooded the radio stations.
In this social, political and economic situation, Jose Luis De Ramón along with his family arrives to Santo Domingo from Valencia, the city where the Cid Campeador raised his domain. A city pregnant with landscapes of lagoons and the Mediterranean Sea. “My father was hired by a Spanish company that was building a dam in San Juan de la Maguana. It was a five-year project.
At the age of 16, a strict education of the Salesians, passed a rigorous final examination and with his bachelor’s degree, Jose Luis was received in Santo Domingo, a very politically active university influenced by the communist movements that were developing in Latin America. "It was a very interesting cultural leap. In Spain, Franco had just passed away and the few information I knew about the world, was filtered by censorship. It was an awakening, discovering something that I did not imagine existed.
" He studies intensely and passionately economics and graduates from college when he was nineteen. INTEC gives him the opportunity to teach as Associate Professor of Economics. The feeling that life is speeding up, stars to show when he gets married after a short courtship and has his first child at the age of twenty-six. "I worked as a financial consultant at a local firm when Bank of America offered me to work in Spain but, at that time, I thought that I could reach higher goals here as an economist with my degree. While my partners haven’t finished the university yet and could not have a stable relationship because they lacked a near horizon, my personal and professional life get on the right track… I wanted to know where“ my heaven was. "
In 1986, his two brothers had become professionals and he was married. These facts along with the beginning of his father own business radically changed De Ramon’s project of life who came to build on the island what would be the life of a whole family. "At that moment I joined as an advisor to the Ministry of Industry and wrote for some newspapers, that’s why I decided to become a citizen. I am the only one of my family that has Dominican nationality. I felt it was appropriate if I had decided to make my value judgments about the Dominican Republic. "
Juan Rulfo said that every sigh is like a sip of life that we get rid of. When José Luis, his first child, was born, he combines his duties as a teacher and consultant. "I had a very full schedule, the famous ten thousand hours of consulting that you need to comply with, I wanted to complete the task as soon as possible. I was determined to make progress in this country. "Paternity forced him to sacrifice teaching.
At the age of 31, he creates his own merger and acquisition consulting firm while maintaining his academic commitment including articles, conferences and participation on television. In 2004, he published his first book of economic development. Later, the University decides to turn into a book a cycle of his lectures. "I have never felt as a foreign in the country. The level of acceptance has been amazing. The Dominican are not anti-foreign”. Perhaps, that is why he never oriented himself towards institutions such as the Spanish Chamber of Commerce but to business organizations and NGOs, even occupying the presidency of ANJE.
Married twice, he says that thanks to his American wives he has been able to teach his children that sense of worldview of the world. "José Luis and Graciela have that vision. Also to know how much any goal cost to achieve. The meaning of work and sacrifice. The level of courage and dedication that emigrants have.”
It had been ten years when he returned to Spain for the first time. He had decided to first get to know the United States and study in Boston. "When I went there I had my job, my apartment and two children. My world had nothing to do with those fellows of my childhood. My reality was completely different”.
At the moment, the Managing Partner in Deloitte Dominican Republic says that the only thing that he has not been able to comprehend regarding the Dominican culture is baseball and does not sentimentally tie or feel homesick for Spain, although he recognizes that soccer is part of his life. "I am Valencian, fan of Valencia and we have kept the Spanish culture at home. I go to Fallas and enjoy the traditions but I consider myself a citizen of the world.”
He entered the Academy of Sciences six years ago when the priest and economist José Luis Alemán died. “It was a great honor for me. That is why, I believe that I am more useful for my country, for the Dominican Republic, as the influencer of economic policies than as a economist in Spain”.
He sees very unlikely his retirement but if necessary he would do it in the city where he was born. "I want to die doing things but if I retire in other place than Santo Domingo I would do it in Valencia, a city of a million inhabitants, small but with an intense cultural activity, soccer, bulls and opera. The ideal city for me.... Although it is also true what a Spanish proverb says the ox is not from where he is born but from where he grazes.
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