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Sebastián Sichel
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Sichel in 2019
President of the Banco del Estado de Chile
In office
4 June 2020 – 18 December 2020
Preceded by Arturo Tagle
Succeeded by Ricardo de Tezanos Pinto
Minister of Social Development
In office
19 June 2019 – 4 June 2020
President Sebastián Piñera
Preceded by Alfredo Moreno Charme
Succeeded by Cristián Monckeberg
Executive Vice President of the CORFO
In office
9 March 2018 – 13 June 2019
Preceded by Eduardo Bitrán
Succeeded by Pablo Terrazas
Personal details
Born
Sebastián Andrés Sichel Ramírez

(1977-07-30) 30 July 1977 (age 45)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party
  • Christian Democratic Party (1990–2015)
  • Citizens (2015–2018)
  • Independent (2018–present)
Spouse(s) Bárbara Encina
Residence(s) Las Condes, Chile
Alma mater
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Sebastián Iglesias Sichel Ramírez (born 30 July 1977) is a Chilean lawyer, professor, ex minister of State and politician who served as president of the Banco del Estado de Chile (BancoEstado) from June 2020 until December 2020. He also previously served as Minister of Social Development and Family and executive vice president of Corfo under the second government of Sebastián Piñera. He was an independent candidate in the 2021 Chilean presidential election who ran under the centre-right Chile Podemos Más coalition.

In 2010, he was one of the founding members of El Dínamo, an online newspaper on topics such as politics, culture, and sports.

Biography

Born in Santiago, his parents are Antonio Alejandro José Sichel Poblete and Ana María Ramírez Alvarado. His birth name was registered as Sebastián Sichel, but his paternal surname was changed to Iglesias after his mother married Saúl Iglesias. When Sebastián Iglesias was 11 years old, he learned from his grandfather that Saúl Iglesias was not his father. He then met his biological father for the first time at age 30 and changed his paternal surname back to Sichel, but retained Iglesias as his middle name out of affection.

He studied at the María Goretti Lyceum, in Concón, and the Alexander Fleming Lyceum. Subsequently, he obtained a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) where he also obtained his master's degree in public law. Sichel Ramírez was a professor of constitutional law at the San Sebastián University from 2016 to 2018.

In 2008, he married the journalist Bárbara Encina. They have three children.

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