Thomas J. Trebat

Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University


Thomas J. Trebat is executive director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University, and of the Institute's Center for Brazilian Studies. Previously, he was managing director and head of the Latin America team in the economic and market analysis department of Citigroup. He joined Citicorp Securities in 1996 as the head of emerging market research.

As a senior international economist at Bankers Trust, he was involved in many aspects of country debt negotiations in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and elsewhere in Latin America during the 1980s. He served for four years as the regional director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs at the Ford Foundation. At Chemical Bank, Tom organized and directed the emerging markets research group.

He holds Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University and remains active in teaching and publishing. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the author of Brazil’s State-Owned Enterprises: A Case Study of the State as Entrepreneur (1983).

Thomas J. Trebat is an Ethics and Debt Project participant.