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Jair Ribeiro

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Visiting Policy Scholar
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Parceiros da Educação
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Mr. Ribeiro is a shareholder and Board Member of BI&P (Banco Indusval and Partners) since 2011, a commercial and investment bank in Brazil, as well as partner and executive director of Sertrading S.A., a large Brazilian import-export company. He is also the founder and President of São Paulo-based NGO Partners in Education ("Parceiros da Educação") and member of the Management Committee of the São Paulo Dept. of Education. Mr. Ribeiro began his career in 1979 as a lawyer in the Pinheiro Neto Advogados (Brazil’s largest law firm) in the area of mergers and acquisitions. In 1988 he co-founded and acted as CEO of Banco Patrimônio (a Brazilian investment bank; 50-50 joint venture with Salomon Brothers) noted for leading important and innovative transactions in the Brazilian M&A and capital markets arenas. In 1999, he conducted the sale of Banco Patrimônio to Chase Manhattan and between March 1999 and December 2000 acted as President of Chase Manhattan Bank Brazil. Following the acquisition of JP Morgan by Chase in January of 2001, Mr. Ribeiro moved to New York, where he directed the international equities area of JP Morgan NY, working with the European, Asian, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. He left JP Morgan in January 2003.

From March 2006 to January 2009 he was the CEO and co-founder of CPM Braxis

S.A. (2006-2010), which, through a series of mergers, became one of the largest Brazilian information technology (IT) services companies, sold in 2010 to European-based Cap Gemini. Mr. Ribeiro is also the founder and controlling shareholder of Casa do Saber (House of Knowledge), a successful cultural and educational centers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore, Mr. Ribeiro the founder and President of the NGO Partners in Education, (“Parceiros da Educação”). Parceiros da Educação is an independent nonprofit in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that structures and monitors partnerships between the business community (individuals or corporations) and public schools, particularly in poor and underserved areas, to improve teacher training and boost students’ test scores. The program has led to significant results in the adopted schools, and currently assists over 2 00 public schools with more than 130,000 students. Mr. Ribeiro is also a member of São Paulo’s Dept. of Education Management Committee, of NGO Todos pela Educação, and of the Education Council of the State of São Paulo. Mr. Ribeiro has a law degree from the University of São Paulo, a degree in economics from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, and a Masters in law (LLM) from the University of California, Berkeley.