PhD in Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Economist and Public Accountant having studied at the School of Economic Sciences and Management (Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración) at the University of the Republic of Uruguay (Universidad de la República).
He is a Professor Grade 5 in Theory of Contracts, Economy of Regulation and Banking Microeconomics at the Economics Department, School of Social Sciences of the University of the Republic. He also teaches courses regularly in Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Paraguay.
Mr. Bergara has published books and articles on institutional economics, public service regulation and bank economics at national and international levels. He has also directed projects in these areas, sponsored by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.
He was awarded the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
Previously, he was Head of Economic Studies of the Central Bank of Uruguay, Director of Regulatory Unit of Communication Services (2001-2005), Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economics and Finance (2005-2008), President of the Central Bank of Uruguay (November 2008 – December 2013) and Minister of Economy and Finance (December 2013 – February 2015).