Person of the Year Awards

Person of the Year Awards

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The Person of the Year Awards Dinner, which has been organized annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. since 1970, honors two outstanding leaders (one Brazilian and one American) who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Each year over 800 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.

The 2016 Person of the Year Awards Dinner will take place at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Please call the Person of the Year Organizational Committee at (212) 751-4691 or email for further information on registration and sponsorship.

Arminio Fraga Gavea Investimentos Website Read the Acceptance Speech

Arminio Fraga is the founding partner at Gavea Investimentos, an investment management firm he founded in August, 2003, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Fraga was the Chairman of the Board, BM&F Bovespa, Brazil’s securities, commodities and derivatives exchange, from April 2009 to April 2013, and was the President of the Central Bank of Brazil from March 1999 to December 2002. From 1993 until his appointment as Governor of the Central Bank, he was Managing Director of Soros Fund Management in New York. From 1991 to 1992, he was the director responsible for international affairs at the Central Bank of Brazil. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Salomon Brothers and Banco Garantia. Mr. Fraga has taught at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, the Graduate School of Economics at Getulio Vargas Foundation, the School of International Affairs at Columbia University and the Wharton School. He is a member of the Group of Thirty and of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of several NGOs. Mr. Fraga has published widely in the areas of international finance, macroeconomics, and monetary policy. Mr. Fraga earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1985, and his BA/MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, in 1981.

Timothy F. Geithner Warburg Pincus Website

Timothy F. Geithner was the 75th Secretary of the Treasury for the first term of President Barack Obama’s administration. He was a principal architect of the president's successful strategy to avert economic collapse and to reform the financial system. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He first joined the Treasury Department as a civil servant in 1988 and held a number of positions in three administrations, including Undersecretary for International Affairs under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. Mr. Geithner is the author of STRESS TEST: Reflections on Financial Crises. He is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Management and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee. Mr. Geithner is currently President of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm.

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