The Economic Advisers Behind Brazil’s Presidential Candidates

(Bloomberg) -- Brazil in October will hold general elections, which according to Itau BBA investment bank are the most uncertain since the country’s return to democracy in 1985. Here are the top presidential candidates and their respective economic advisers.

* Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Workers’ Party - PT)
Adviser: Marcio Pochmann is an economist who graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, a former president of Ipea, the Institute of Applied Economic Research, and currently works as a professor at the University of Campinas.

* Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party - PSL)
Adviser: Paulo Guedes has a doctorate from the University of Chicago and founded Banco Pactual SA in the 1980s. He is currently president of the administrative board of Bozano Investimentos and an Ipea director.

* Marina Silva (Sustainability Network - Rede)
Advisers: Eduardo Giannetti & Andre Lara. Giannetti is an economist and philosopher who studied at the University of Sao Paulo, while Resende is a former director of the Central Bank and former director of the state development bank BNDES. He’s currently a professor at the Insper business school.

* Ciro Gomes (Democratic Labor Party - PDT)
Adviser: Mauro Benevides is an economist trained at the University of Brasilia. He served as finance secretary when Gomes was governor of Ceara, and developed the economic program of Gomes’ 2002 presidential bid. He’s also a former state congressman and currently works as a professor at the University of Ceara.

* Geraldo Alckmin (Brazilian Social Democracy Party - PSDB)
Adviser: Persio Arida is a University of Sao Paulo-trained economist who earned his doctorate at MIT. He is also a former president of the Central Bank and worked on the Plano Real, the monetary stabilization plan of the mid-1990s.

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