Ricardo Villela Marino is a partner of Itaú Unibanco and Chairman of the bank’s Latin America Strategic Council, where he spearheads innovation and exploration of growth opportunities across the region. Ricardo brings to this role a passion for catalyzing Latin America’s growing tech and innovation sector, and building Itaú Unibanco’s leadership in deploying technology to improve the access and services to all the clients it serves. Previously, Ricardo was CEO for Itaú Latam operations (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). An established leader on a wide variety of topics related to finance and technology, Ricardo served as President of the Federation of Latin American Banks (FELABAN), and was a designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Ricardo began his career in Banco Credit Comerciale of France (CCF) and later worked with fixed income and equity markets for Banco de Investimentos Garantia (CSFB). His global outlook was honed in part during his tenure with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York and London, where he was a portfolio manager for Emerging Markets, including EMEA, Asia ex-Japan, and Latin America. Ricardo brings broad experience to his role as Chairman of the Latin America Strategic Council. Previously, he was responsible for creating the Business Intelligence division of Itaucard, running the derivatives desk, and managing both Itaú´s multi-billion dollar middle-market credit portfolio and the bank’s domestic mortgage business. For three years, including the merger period between Itau and Unibanco, Ricardo was the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Ricardo is also a leader on several social impact causes and currently serves as President of Instituto PDR, a Sao Paulo-based non-profit organization that focuses on catalyzing social and civic entrepreneurship among young people. As a member of Itaú Unibanco’s founding and ownership family, Ricardo and his family have deep roots in their community and a commitment to merging technology with traditional values of service and integrity. Ricardo serves on the boards of Banco Itaú Unibanco Holding Financeira and the MIT Sloan School of Management Latin America. He is also Vice Chairman of Itau Corphanca Chile. He is an engineer from the University of São Paulo, with an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a thesis on “Managing the Family Business” from Harvard Business School. He is also an alumni of Stanford University’s Executive Program on Leadership. Ricardo lives in Sao Paulo with his wife, Patricia, who is President of Humanitas360, and their son, Daniel.