Director, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro

Thomas J. Trebat is director of the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro. He joined Columbia after a lengthy career on Wall Street dedicated to economic research on Latin America. 

He formerly served as Executive Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University and of the Institute’s Center for Brazilian Studies.  Prior to joining ILAS in February 2005, Tom was Managing Director and Head of the Latin America team in the Economic and Market Analysis department of Citigroup. He joined Citicorp Securities in 1996 as the head of Emerging Market Research.

Previously, he worked at Bankers Trust, the Ford Foundation, and Chemical Bank. As a senior international economist at Bankers Trust, he was involved in many aspects of country debt negotiations in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America during the 1980s. At the Ford Foundation, he served for four years as the regional director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs. At Chemical Bank, Tom organized and directed the emerging markets research group. Mr. Trebat has a PhD in economics from Vanderbilt University and remains active in teaching and publishing. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. His book, "Brazil's State-owned Enterprises: A Case Study of the State as Entrepreneur," was published by Cambridge University Press in 1983

Finance Manager

Fabiano Jácome joined the Columbia Global Center in February 2013. He has been an alumn from the Youth Ambassadors Program sponsored by the American Embassy in Brazil since 2012.  Fabiano graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he pursued a degree in Political Science and Business Administration. During his time in the U.S., he had the opportunity to work at the Institute for Peace Studies, a renowned institution composed mostly by international staff. He extended his studies of Political Science and Arabic Language during a semester exchange at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. While in Amman, Fabiano also worked at the Public Information Office at UNRWA (the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Upon the conclusion of his studies and work in the Middle East, Fabiano returned to Brazil to lead a start-up dedicated to fostering U.S. higher education among talented Brazilian students. The Rio Leadership Institute was founded by alumni from Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, and the Prep Program today is structured as one of the initiatives of the Fundação Estudar in Brazil. Fabiano coordinated the Prep Program, a national mentoring program for high school students and was based out of the EducationUSA office headquarters at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Before transitioning to the Columbia Global Center, Fabiano also lead a scholarship program to selective boarding schools in the U.S., a shared effort among the American Embassy in Brazil, the EducationUSA network and the Rio Leadership Institute. Fabiano is currently a candidate for the Masters in Finance at IBMEC.

Program Manager

As Program Manager, Daniella Diniz oversees all aspects of programming and communication for Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro acting as campus liaison and being responsible for the evaluation and strategic planning of current and future programs at the center. She has been at the center since the launch in 2013 and helped create the framework of collaboration projects between Brazilian institutions and Columbia University counterparts.

Her background includes over ten years of experience in academic institutions in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities - including sociology, history and political theory. From 2006-2008, she led a research project in the military archives that resulted in a publication of the book "Poder & Saber - Campo Jurídico e Ideologia". The book analyzes the trials of political prisoners during the dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s in Brazil under the influence of international and Brazilian law theorists in the shaping of widely known “law of the exception” used in the AI5 (Institutional Act Number Five) that overruled the Nation's Constitution during that period. During her PhD she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to conduct a research project working in the papers of Italian Historian Guglielmo Ferrero and his visit to Latin America (Brazil and Argentina). Daniella has taught courses in Brazilian culture, literature and contemporary Brazilian cinema at Columbia. Her current research topics include the role of prominent diplomats and writers in the public sphere in the early 1900s and their ideas of nationalism, modernity and authorship expressed in the Brazilian press and fiction books.

Daniella holds a BA in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and two Master degrees: one in Brazilian History (from Universidade Federal Fluminense) and one master of sciences in Latin American cultures from Columbia University. Daniella has recently finished her PhD in Cultural Studies in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University.

Program Officer

Teresa joined the Global Centers as a communications consultant in October 2015, focused on creating an engagement presentation format to the Center's board of directors. After a successful campaign, Teresa joined the staff as a full-time Program Officer.

Teresa has worked extensively at Brazil's best ranked think-tank, FGV, in it's projects divisions, managing international exchanges and overseeing the communications staff. Her work was highly recognized by the foundation's directors, earning her an innovation award in 2013.
Her professional background includes managing projects in Germany with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and in France with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Teresa's international background includes 2 years at Emma Willard School, in New York, and 4 years in Scotland where she graduated from the University of Saint Andrews.
Project Coordinator

Maria Luiza joined the Columbia Global Centers in December 2013. She graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) where she received a B.A. in Modern Languages (Portuguese and English) in 2002. During her undergraduate course, she had the opportunity to participate in a student exchange program between PUC-Rio and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain, with a scholarship awarded by Santander Universidades. She spent one semester learning Spanish and giving continuity to her studies. Before graduating, she started working at PUC-Rio's International Office where she was responsible for administrative issues and the partnerships between the university and other international higher education institutions. This 10 year period working at PUC-Rio gave her an important background knowledge in the International Education field and great professional and personal experiences. Due to her position at the office, Maria Luiza attended various national and international conferences on international education and, in 2009, she spent a month in Grenoble, France, attending an intensive program of French. At PUC-Rio she also completed an MBA in Marketing, in 2005, and, in 2011 she received her M.A. in Design with a research on Design Service and Cross-Cultural Studies aiming at bringing methodology to the Design field of study concerning development of services and products for an intercultural audience. 

Administrative Officer

Juliana Coelho Netto joined CGC Rio in November 2014. She graduated from UniverCidade, where pursued a degree in Social Communication and Journalism, and is post-graduated in Foreign Affairs from UCAM. Over the years, she has acquired knowledge in communication, commercial and financial areas, press relations/multimedia/translation. Her internship at the United Nations (also Volunteer for Peace), her work as Editor at the Spanish Government News Agency -  EFE - and her previous position at a Samsung Group affiliate have provided her with the opportunity to develop her co-working skills at a foreign corporate environment. In the U.S., her experience includes a scholarship from Brazil-United States Institute (IBEU) to study English at Saint Mary's College of California (2002) and a management program at the University of Minnesota (2006).

Program Assistant

Bruno Pantaleão holds a degree in International Relations from Ibmec-RJ. As a Program Assistant he helps to execute projects on Public Management, Capital Markets and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is also in charge of the communications of the Columbia Global Centers in Rio de Janeiro. 

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