Marcelo NeriGetúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
Marcelo Côrtes Neri is the Chief Economist for Center for Social Policies (CPS) at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate programmes at the EPGE/FGV. He holds a PhD in Economics, Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Economics, PUC-Rio. He has worked as a researcher at the Social Studies department in IPEA (Brazilian government’s institute for applied economic research). His main areas of interest are well being, poverty, education and microeconometrics. Some of his studies include: End of Hunger Map, and The New Middle Class in Brazil. He also edited the following books (in Portuguese):Microcredit, the Northeastern Mystery and the Brazilian Grameen, , Social Security Coverage: Diagnosis and Proposals, Social Essays, Portraits of Disability in Brazil, Inflation and Consumption.
He was invited by President Lula to become a member of the Council of Economic and Social Development and he is currently at the steering comitee of CDES, elected by other members. He works actively in the proposal, evaluation and debate of public policies; having participated in the creation of a system of state minimum wages, the design of Familia Carioca a conditional cash transfers program launched in the city of Rio. His proposal of a mechanism for social credit linked to the Millennium Development Goals received an award at the Global Network Meeting, in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Neri was ranked one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in 2010 by Época and one of the 50 most influential Cariocas in 2003 by Veja, the two magazines with highest circulation in Brazil. He writes regularly for Conjuntura Econômica, Valor Econômico and Folha de São Paulo.