A Canadian citizen from Toronto, I am also a Brazilian permanent resident married to the lovely architect, Carolina Porto Fonseca, who leads the ‘Construction in Steel’ sector of the Steel Institute of Brazil (Instituto Aço Brasil). We feel privileged to live in park-rich Praia do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, and to have two healthy and Read more about Life[…]


I earned a B.A. at McGill University in Montreal, during which time I spent a semester in Mexico at ITESM, Queretaro, as a full time student. After extensive travel in South America, I accepted an offer from the University of Texas at Austin for graduate studies because of its unparalleled resources and faculty on all subjects Latin American, as Read more about Education[…]

Teaching and Mentoring

Teaching is another area of great interest and engagement for me. For FGV-EBAPE’s academic master’s and doctoral program I teach one of two Qualitative Methods courses as well as a course on Transparency and Good Governance. I have included the latests syllabi as links. To undergraduates I have taught ‘Democratic Political Institutions’. For Master’s students Read more about Teaching and Mentoring[…]

Research Interests

Most of my research focuses on transparency. I am passionate about this field because opening up and sharing good information can improve communication, coordination, cooperation, capacity-building, and accountability. Article 19, a nonprofit, calls transparency “the oxygen of democracy”, but the axiom can be extended to the private sector and other areas of human interaction. Studying Read more about Research Interests[…]