Gustavo Arnavat has spoken at the following Knowledge @ Wharton events:
Gustavo Arnavat has over 25 years of Latin America legal, banking and policy experience. He is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focuses on economic development and Latin America, including Cuba, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society’s Americas Quarterly.
From December 2009 to February 2014, Mr. Arnavat served as the 15th U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a position for which he was nominated by the President and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. He led the negotiations within the IDB’s Board that resulted in the bank’s largest capital increase, nearly doubling its annual lending capacity, and the adoption of key financial and operational reforms. During his tenure, the IDB and its affiliates invested over $50 billion in 26 countries in diverse sectors, including energy, infrastructure, healthcare, financial services, education, and innovation. He also played a key role in laying the foundation for the IDB’s reorganization of its private sector divisions.
Mr. Arnavat spent two decades as a corporate and sovereign finance attorney and investment banker on Wall Street, working on numerous innovative and complex financings and M&A transactions involving Latin American companies and governments. Prior to law school, he served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House (National Security Council), the State Department and the Department of Justice. A native of Havana, Cuba, he is a published author on Cuba’s legal system and is a frequent speaker and commentator on Latin America business, economic, financial and legal topics. Mr. Arnavat received a B.A., cum laude, from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.