Mr. Otaviano Canuto is the Executive Director at the Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Brazil, Cabo Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Timor Leste and Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Canuto has previously served as Vice President, Executive Director and Senior Advisor on BRICS economies at the World Bank, as well as Vice President at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also served at the Government of Brazil where he was State Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. He has also an extensive academic background, serving as Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil.
Samuel George is the Emerging Market Project Manager for the Bertelsmann Foundation and host of The Crossroads video series.