André Soares, a nonresident fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, is a counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) board of directors. At the IDB, he assists the Brazil and Suriname office on matters related to the private sector arm of the bank (BID Invest) and the multilateral investment fund (MIF). His work consists of vetting investment projects, discussing the bank´s strategies in its work with the private sector in the region, and participating in meetings and events with high-level officials and senior executives from private companies in Latin America.
Prior to joining the IDB board, Soares was an economist at the Integration and Trade Department of the IDB on projects related to China-Latin American trade and economic relations. Before that, he was the research coordinator for the China-Brazil Business Council, where he was involved in advocating for the interests of the largest Brazilian companies doing business in China.
As a nonresident fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Soares focuses on issues related to China, Brazil and Latin America. He also writes a monthly column at Valor Econômico, Brazil´s largest financial newspaper.
Soares holds a master ́s degree in industrial engineering with an emphasis on economics and innovation from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2011 and 2012, he also received merit-based scholarships to participate in courses at the University of California San Diego and the University of Macao, where he focused on the Chinese economy. In 2017, he finished his Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.