Dr. Alberto Pfeifer is an expert in international relations with a sound experience in top executive positions and a solid academic background. He works as an independent consultant to private corporations and governments on issues regarding Latin America and emerging markets and is a professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. His areas of interest are International Negotiations, International Business with focus on Latin American Multinational Corporations, and regional integration in Latin America and the BRICS. He has acted as an external consultant for the Ministry of Foreign Relations and for the Ministry of Defense of Brazil. He has published articles and co-authored books, besides been quoted and interviewed in several of the most renowned Brazilian and international publications, covering issues about Brazil’s foreign policy and Latin American integration.
Alberto acted from 1998 to 2014 as the executive director of the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL), the most representative network of business leaders from 18 Latin American countries, the US, Spain and Portugal, where he held two key roles: overseeing CEAL’s international operations and managing all activities in Brazil. From 2009 to 2013, he was the main advisor at the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, where he was able to build up a broad understanding about the relations between Latin America and the Arab countries.
Alberto received a Ph.D. in geography from USP, where he also earned a master’s degree in economics, and B.S. in agricultural engineering and in law studies. He graduated with a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and at Colegio de México in Mexico City. He holds a MBA in Capital Markets from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro; attended graduate classes at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Ohio State University, and just finished a professional degree on Early Child Development at the School of Education, Harvard University.