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Manuel Lasaga

Manuel Lasaga

Clinical Professor
Department of Finance

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 210
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-8307


  • Ph.D. in Economics
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Master of Arts in Economics
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Manuel Lasaga is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Finance at Florida International University’s College of Business. He is also president of Strategic Information Analysis, Inc., (StratInfo) an economics and finance consulting firm established in 1993 in Miami, Florida.

As a faculty member in the Finance Department since 2011, Dr. Lasaga has taught courses in Competitive Strategy, Financial Management, international banking, and International Finance. He was also a member of the University’s Cuba Council.

As a Business Economist he has more than 35 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and professional services firms. He has nationally-recognized capability for independent analysis of the Florida, U.S., and Latin American economies and financial markets.

Lasaga is an advisor to banks in the areas of strategic planning and Asset / Liability management, helping banks optimize their risk-adjusted returns. He has developed a methodology to assist banks in determining the quality of their loan portfolio. He has assisted De-Novo banks through the organizational and approval process and during their initial operating period. He also has experience in management evaluations to assist banks in improving their performance.

Lasaga has held high-level positions with Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia; Citicorp in New York, including member of the international Bank Advisory Group which managed the rescheduling of emerging markets’ external debts during 1982 - 1985; and Southeast Bank in Miami, where he was a member of the bank’s Country Risk Committee.  He has consulted for 25 years with the World Bank in Washington D.C., specializing in the evaluation of capital markets and development projects in emerging markets.

Lasaga was a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.  An active community leader, he has served for 25 years on the Board of Directors of Baptist Hospital of Miami, and is also on the Board of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Management Company, he is also a member of the Baptist Health South Florida Finance and Risk Management Board committee. 

Lasaga has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Courses Taught

  • Competitive Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • International Banking
  • International Financial Management
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