FGV IBRE researcher nominated to be Senate Independent Fiscal Institution director
Vilma da Conceição Pinto, a former researcher at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Brazilian Institute of Economics (FGV IBRE), was nominated to be one of the directors of the Senate Independent Fiscal Institution (IFI), which reports to the Senate Economic Affairs Committee, on July 5. In due course, the Senate will vote to accept or reject her nomination.
The economist was born to a poor family in Niterói and she has overcome many difficulties in her life. Her late father, Jorge Henrique, was a fisherman, and her mother, Maria Carmélia, was a trash collector. Of their six children, only Vilma went to university. She obtained an undergraduate degree in economics from Rio de Janeiro State University and did a professional master’s at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Brazilian School of Economics and Finance (FGV EPGE). In 2018, she defended her thesis, titled “Structural Fiscal Results: Challenges for a New National Budget Target,” under the guidance of economist Silvia Matos, the coordinator of IBRE’s Macro Bulletin.
Pinto joined FGV IBRE as an intern in 2012, working with economists Gabriel Barros and José Roberto Afonso in the public finance area. She was appointed an FGV IBRE researcher in 2014 and she remained in this position until 2020, contributing evaluations and studies on Brazil’s fiscal situation, sharing her knowledge with other researchers at the institute and making forecasts for IBRE’s Macro Bulletin.
Last year, she was appointed an advisor to the Paraná State Finance Secretariat, led by economist Renê Garcia Junior. She is now a columnist for the O Globo newspaper and one of the country’s leading authorities in the field of public finance.