Persio AridaBTG Pactual, Brazil
Persio Arida is a managing partner and Chairman of the Asset Management of BTG Pactual. Prior to BTG Pactual, he worked in a variety of roles in the private and public sectors. Arida was Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil, President of the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES), Board Member of the Central Bank of Brazil in 1986 and Special Secretary of Social-Economic Coordination, Ministry of Planning. In the private sector, he was a Board Member of Banco Itaú Holding Financeira S.A. and Banco Itaú S.A., Board Member of Sul-América S.A, Director of Opportunity Asset Management Ltda., Board Member of Unibanco S.A. and Special Adviser for the Presidency and Director of Brasil Warrant Ltd. Since the 1970s, he has also worked as an economic and financial consultant.
Arida holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and has published several papers in specialized journals and has edited several books. He was a Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP), PUC-RJ, a one_year member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian Institute (Washington) and, most recently, at the Centre for Brazilian Studies of Oxford University.