Since 2004, Ricardo Amorim is the Head of Latin America Research with WestLB. He oversees all work on Latin America
investment research, managing a team of economists in the United Sates and Latin America in charge of analyzing economic and
political prospects in Latin America and designing investment strategies in debt, foreign exchange and local fixed income markets
to global clients.
Since 1992, Mr. Amorim has worked in financial markets in Latin America, the United States and Europe focusing on Emerging
Markets. In New York, before joining WestLB, he was Head of Latin American Research with IDEAglobal, a leading global
independent financial research provider, and prior to that a Senior Economist and Sovereign Strategist for Emerging Markets
with BNP Paribas. Previously, he worked as a Senior Economist with BankBoston in Brazil, where in September 2000 he was
part of the first economic research team to forecast Brazil's following energy crisis and its impacts on the Brazilian economy and
financial markets. His previous experiences also include heading Itaú Bankers Trust Asset Management’s Economic Department
and Banco Fenícia´s Department of Economics, Quantitative Analysis and Risk Management in São Paulo, Brazil.
In the past, he also worked as a Sales Officer with Société Générale´s Emerging Markets Division in Paris, and as an economic
advisor with MCM Consultores and as a financial analyst with Rhone Poulenc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from
University of São Paulo and completed an Exchange Graduate Program in International Business at E.S.S.E.C. (Ecole Supérieure
des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) in Paris, France, as a recipient of an International Cooperation Scholarship.
Mr. Amorim frequently provides commentary on Latin American economies and markets for major international television
outlets - including among others CNN, CNNfn, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, BBC, Reuters TV, Globo TV and Bandeirantes TV and
CBC. He is also regularly quoted by top newswires, business newspapers and magazines in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia
– such as Bloomberg, Reuters, Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Institutional Investor, LatinFinance, Business
Week, Newsweek, Time, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, AFR, Asahi Shimbun. He is also a recurrent source
for publications throughout Latin America - including O Estado de São Paulo, Valor Econômico, Veja, Epoca, Exame, IstoĖ,
Carta Capital, Foco Econônico, Folha de São Paulo, o Globo, Jornal do Brasil, Correio Brasiliense, Valor Econômico, Gazeta
Mercantil, Agencia Estado and Investnews (Brazil), Reforma and El Economista (Mexico), Ambito Financiero and Clarín
(Argentina), Diario Financiero and El Mercurio (Chile), VenEconomia (Venezuela), El Tiempo (Colombia), Reforma and
He lectures regularly in conferences in the United States, Europe and Latin America on investment strategy, economic scenarios,
risk management, and financial market forecasting. Mr. Amorim has taught Risk Management at Universidade São Marcos’
MBA program in São Paulo Brazil and has co-taught some classes of International Risk Management for MBA students at Pace
University in New York.
Since the beginning of 2003, he has been one of the hosts of Manhattan Connection, one of the most prestigious roundtable shows
in the Brazilian television. Mr. Amorim has also been ranked the best or one of the five best Brazilian Central Bank watcher and
exchange rate and inflation rate forecaster according to the Brazilian Central Bank in several occasions.