Ilan Goldfajn

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Person.png Ilan Goldfajn  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(central banker, economist)
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Haifa, Israel
Alma materFederal University of Rio de Janeiro, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Installed as central bank governor by the Michel Temer government.

Employment.png President Central Bank of Brazil

In office
June 9, 2016 - February 28, 2019

Ilan Goldfajn is a Brazilian central banker and economist. He was appointed head of the central bank after the 2016 regime change by the new Michel Temer government.

In 2018, he stated that he prefers to think of cryptocurrencies as them as "crypto-assets", and that they were a potential threat to the world's existing financial systems.[1]

Early Life

Of Jewish origin, he was born in Haifa, Israel. Part of his education took place in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied at the Colégio Israelita Brasileiro A. Liessin.[2]

In 1988, he graduated in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

In 1991, he obtained a master's degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)-of which he would become a professor.

In 1995, he earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Before taking over the Central Bank of Brazil, he worked in academia, in international organizations and in the financial sector. Among the institutions he has worked for are Brandeis University, the World Bank, the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.

Presidency of the Central Bank

On May 17, 2016, he was appointed President of the Central Bank by Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles by the new government after the regime change. His name was submitted for approval in the Federal Senate, with 53 votes in favor and 13 against. He was sworn into office on June 9.

Goldfajn assumed the bank presidency in the context of the 2014 economic crisis in the country, with the mission of combating it and controlling inflation by adjusting the economy's basic interest rate, among other means[3]. He was voted by British magazine The Banker as the best central banker in the world in 2018.[4]

Functions performed

  • Chief Economist and Partner, Itaú Unibanco (Apr/2009 - May/2016);[13]
  • Director of the Public Policy Debate Center (CDPP) (Jul/2013 - May/2016);
  • Economist, Ciano Assessoria Econômica (Sep/2008 - Apr/2009);
  • Partner, Ciano Investimentos (Jan/2007 - Aug/2008);
  • Director of the Institute for Economic Policy Studies at Casa das Garças - IEPE-CdG (Jan/2006 - April/2009).
  • Partner and Economist, Gávea Investimentos (Nov/2003 - Jun/2006);
  • Director of Economic Policy, Central Bank of Brazil (Sep/2000 - Jul/2003);
  • Consultant to international organizations (World Bank, International Monetary Fund and United Nations), international banks, Brazilian government and banks (Feb/99 - Sep/2000);
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Feb/1999 - Apr/2009).
  • Economist, International Monetary Fund (Oct/1996 - Jan/1999);
  • Assistant Professor, Brandeis University (Sep/1995 - Aug/1996);


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by a lot of people, both leaders and followers
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2951 known participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023World Economic Forum
The theme of the meeting is "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"