Thomas J. Trebat is the Director of the Columbia Global Centers | South America based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was until mid-2012 Executive Director of the Columbia University Institute of Latin American Studies and of the Institute’s Center for Brazilian Studies. He is presently based in Rio de Janeiro to assist in the design of the proposed Global Center of Columbia in Brazil. He joined Columbia in 2005 after a lengthy career on Wall Street dedicated to economic research on Latin America. In addition to his administrative duties at Columbia, Tom taught courses on the Latin American economy and on Brazil as an adjunct professor at SIPA. Tom has a Ph.D in economics from Vanderbilt University. 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.