Itaú BBA - Team

Team

Mario Mesquita

Dr. Mário Mesquita is Chief Economist at Itaú Unibanco, Brazil’s largest private-sector bank. He holds a doctorate degree in Economics from Oxford University. Mário has served as a senior partner at Banco Brasil Plural, a Deputy Governor for the Central Bank of Brazil, the Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Brazil and LATAM, the Economics Director at FEBRABAN (the Brazilian Bankers Federation) and an economist for the IMF.

Alexander Andre Müller

Alexander Müller is responsible for covering the economies of Mexico and Peru. Before joining Itaú in 2016, he was an Associate Director & FX Strategist at the macro research team of BTG Pactual in Santiago, Chile, and the Chief Economist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Lima, Peru. Mr. Müller holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Lima (Peru) and a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from Columbia University (New York) where he also taught the recitation classes of former Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary Richard Clarida’s monetary policy course in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters.

Artur Manoel Passos

Joined the economics team in February 2011. Mr. Passos covers Brazil’s economic activity. Previously, he has covered the macro outlook for several countries (particularly China), commodities and medium term inflation. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from PUC-Rio and a Computer Engineering degree from UNICAMP.

Diego Ciongo

He covers Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay economies based in Itaú Unibanco Argentina. He previoulsy worked at the central bank of Argentina as senior economist in macroecononic research. Diego holds a degree from UNQ and a postgraduate degree from UCA.

Elson Teles

Has over twenty years of experience in the financial markets doing analysis and macroeconomic research at investment banks, brokers and asset managers. He is an expert in inflation analysis, estimates and forecasts for price indexes and economic activity indicators. He was responsible for several awards in the Brazilian Central Bank’s Top 5 Rankings of the best forecasters. Mr. Teles holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UFF, and postgraduate degrees in Finance (FGV) and Conjuncture Analysis (UFRJ).

Felipe Salles

Is the economist in charge of modeling and designing scenarios for the Brazilian economy. He was a partner at Ciano Investimentos (2007-2008) and a partner at Axio Investimentos (2009-2010), responsible for macroeconomic research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UFRJ, a master’s degree from PUC-Rio and was in the PhD program in Economics at the London School of Economics.

Fernando M. Gonçalves

Fernando M. Gonçalves holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Economics from FGV-RJ and a B.A. in Industrial Engineering from UFRJ. Before joining Itaú , Fernando was head of economic research at Vinci Partners, has worked at two other asset management firms in Brazil – JGP and Ventor Investimentos – and was an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2015 and 2016, Fernando was also a professor at the Professional Master Program in Economics and Finance of PUC-RJ. He is currently head of the sell-side area in the Macroeconomic research team at Itaú.

Guilherme B. Martins

Dr. Martins has been an economist at Itaú Unibanco since 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Mr. Martins is the economist of the treasury desk of Itaú Unibanco and he is in charge of macroeconomic analysis for international economies excluding Latin America. Previously he was based in London and in charge of macroeconomic analysis for Europe. Mr. Martins also worked as a strategist for emerging markets at Deutsche Bank in New York, in the investment banking area of Itaú BBA and as a fixed income manager at Unibanco Asset Management.

João Pedro Bumachar Resende

Is responsible for covering Latin American economies, ex-Brazil. He holds a Business Management degree from FGV-SP (2003) and a master’s degree in Economics from PUC-RJ (2006). He worked in the economics department of Banco BBM for two years before joining Unibanco, also in the economics department, in October 2008.

Juan C. Barboza

Is responsible for covering Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay based in Itaú Unibanco Argentina. He previously he worked Argentina`s Central Bank as principal reserve manager. He started his career at the Ministry of Economy, where he worked in several positions, such as finance undersecretary, financial representative for Europe based in London and director of financial information. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a master’s degree from Universidad del CEMA, and was in the executive finance program at the London Business School.

Julia Wrobel Folescu Gottlieb

has been an economist at Itaú Unibanco since May 2014, responsible for covering external accounts and exchange rate. Previously, she worked as an analyst at the Chief Economist Office for Latin America at the World Bank in Washington DC (2013-2014) and as an intern at Galanto Consultoria (2008-2010). She holds an Economics degree from PUC-Rio (2010) and a master’s degree in Economics also from PUC-Rio (2013).

Laura Candido de Souza Pitta

Has been an economist at Itaú Unibanco since March 2015. Previously, she was an Economics professor at PUC-Rio (2014) and worked as an intern at Ventor Investimentos. At Itaú, she was a part of the Macro Research sell-side team, developing proprietary indicators, writing regular reports and participating in meetings and conference calls with clients. Laura is now responsible for covering China and metals and energy commodities. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics (2010-2015) and a bachelor degree (2009) from PUC-Rio.

Luiz Gustavo Cherman

Luiz Cherman has 14 years of experience as an economist and has been with Itau since 2008, covering Brazilian economics and politics for institutional investors. Before that, he was an economist at Citigroup's Latam Macro Research team, also with a focus on the Brazilian economy. Luiz holds a bachelor degree in Economics from PUC-Rio and pursued post-graduate studies in Economics at the University of São Paulo.

Luka Barbosa

Joined Itaú´s macro team in February 2010, having previously worked at LLA Investimentos. At Itaú, Luka spent the last two years responsible for the coverage and forecasting of fiscal policy in Brazil. He is also part of the Macro Research sell-side team, writing regular reports and participating in meetings and conference calls with clients. Previously, he analyzed Brazilian economic activity trends and also had an experience in macro analysis and forecasts of Colombia and Peru. Luka has an Economics degree from PUC and a master’s degree in Economics from Insper.

Paula Mayumi de Oliveira Yamaguti

Has been an economist at Itaú Unibanco since April 2013, responsible for sectorial and commodities analysis. Before joining the Economics Team, she worked for five years in other segments of Itaú Unibanco, focusing on credit risk and sectorial analysis. Paula holds a bachelor degree and a master degree in Economics from Insper.

Pedro Castanheira Schneider

Pedro Schneider has been an economist in Itaú since July 2014. Started as a trainee when was responsible for Japan's analysis, expanded the coverage of the global macroeconomic aggregates and was assistant economist in the commodities coverage. Pedro is now the responsible for the analysis of Brazil's fiscal policy with focus on forecasts for the primary result and public debt. Pedro holds a master degree on economics from USP.

Pedro Victor Pimenta Renault Coelho

Pedro holds a bachelor in Economics from UFMG and a master’s degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He started working in the Macro Research team in 2012 and has recently joined the Sell Side, working with reports and participating in meetings and conference calls with clients. Before that, he worked on the modeling of alternative and stress scenarios, inflation forecasting and monetary policy. He has also been responsible for preparing studies scenario and presentations for Itaú’s board.

Roberto Prado

Is responsible for analyzing developed economies, focusing on the U.S. and Europe. He has studied these economies since 2007, when he joined Itaú. Mr. Prado has developed short and medium-term models for key economic variables for the U.S. and Europe. His main research interests are monetary policy, international economics and economic history. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from EESP/FGV-SP.