Francisco Toro, Chief Content Officer


Francisco Toro is the Chief Content Officer at the Group of Fifty. He is responsible for curating the content of our yearly session, ensuring members hear from the most engaging and stimulating speakers on earth at our gatherings. Francisco brings his two decades of experience as a writer, editor and policy planner, in a career that has spanned eight countries in four continents.

He started his career in Caracas, his hometown, as a junior reporter for the Washington Post and, later, the New York Times, and as a commissioning editor for VenEconomy, a leading business magazine. He was later a doctoral fellow at the United Nations University in the Netherlands, researching the theory and practice of global trade negotiations. His career then took him to Africa, where he lead the design of large-scale agricultural development project in South Sudan and investigated fraud in the agricultural input markets in Uganda. He is the founder and executive editor of Caracas Chronicles, Venezuela’s most influential English-language news and opinion website.

Francisco graduated in Political Science from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, and has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy Planning from the London School of Economics and a Graduate Diploma from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The Economist, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Reason, and the International Herald Tribune. He is currently a Global Opinion columnist for The Washington Post based in Montreal, Canada.