Interview with Bruno Luna, Global Executive Masters of Public Administration

Bruno is the Superintendent responsible for the Economic Analysis and Risk Management Area at the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), one of Brazil's representatives on the Financial Stability Board, a member of the Shadow Banking Expert Group, and part of the Emerging Risks Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), where he led a project that mapped potential impacts of new technologies within capital market regulators. Graduated in Economics from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and holds a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University.

March 07, 2024

CGC Rio - How was your experience as a student at Columbia University, especially in the Master of Public Administration program?

Bruno Luna - It was my best academic experience and one of the most significant in my life! The discussions were high-level, always aiming to bring each student's perspective in a very welcoming and respectful manner. The MPA program at SIPA has a curriculum that addresses the key global challenges of today, helping us broaden our horizons internationally and understand how these issues reflect a country's vision. Most importantly, the course had a strong practical focus, which, for me, is a significant differentiator.

CGC Rio - Could you share how your education at Columbia University influenced and contributed to your career, especially in your current position as Chief Superintendent of Economic Analysis at CVM?

Bruno Luna - When I was nearing the end of my course, the then-president of my organization invited me to take on the role, emphasizing that my education at Columbia was one of the decisive factors. Indeed, much of what I learned and experienced at the university prepared me for the position, especially the content related to communication and discussions on sustainable finance and the ESG agenda.

CGC Rio - Considering your position at CVM, how do you apply the skills and knowledge acquired at Columbia University in your daily life?

Bruno Luna - The emphasis the course places on communication and crisis management skills is something I apply daily in my professional life. Being directly linked to the president of my organization, dealing with structural projects and difficult conversations is a daily norm for me, and I've learned tools that give me a lot of confidence in handling sensitive issues.

I also highlight the perspective I gained on sustainable finance and the ESG agenda, which have been the main topics we have dealt with on both the international and national levels in recent years. As a representative of CVM in two international forums, this knowledge has allowed me to engage confidently and proactively in discussions.

CGC Rio - In your view, what is the importance of academic programs like those offered by Columbia University in the development of leaders and professionals in the fields of public management and finance?

Bruno Luna - I find it very important for academic programs to keep leaders and decision-makers updated. It is always challenging in the hustle of work to reflect in an organized and focused manner on topics that impact a country's public management, even from a more micro perspective, and to situate our actions in that context. Programs like those developed by Columbia fulfill this need satisfactorily and with a high degree of excellence.

CGC Rio - What valuable advice would you give to future students considering enrolling in academic programs at Columbia University?

Bruno Luna - Don't hesitate. From both an academic and experiential perspective, it will be a game-changer in your personal and professional life.

If you're unsure where to start, talk to a former student to address your doubts and participate in information sessions. This helps dispel any fears and concerns, which are perfectly normal, and understand that achieving this goal is entirely possible.