Héctor Alexander has a degree in Economics from the University of Panama.
He studied the Commercial Engineering study program at the School of Economics of the Universidad Católica de Chile from 1967-1969.
He has a master's degree and is a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy of Economics, from the University of Chicago, in the United States 1971-1974.
Between 1974 and 1977 he was an economic analyst at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy and from 1977 to 1979 he was an economic advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
He was a member of the economic team of Dr. Nicolás Ardito Barletta during the negotiations of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties 1976-1977.
Entre 1980 y 1982 fue Sub gerente de la Zona Libre de Colón y entre 1982 y 1984, Viceministro y Ministro de Planificación y Política Económica.
Entre 1985 y 1988 fue Ministro de Hacienda y Tesoro.
Between 2004 and 2007, he held the position of Vice Minister of Economy and Finance and went on to occupy the office of Minister between 2007 and 2009.
In 2008 he was chosen by The Banker magazine of the Financial Times, as Minister of Finance of the Americas.