Otaviano Canuto

Otaviano Canuto

Executive Director: EDS15, Executive Directors

Mr. Otaviano Canuto currently holds the position of Executive Director at the Executive Board of Directors of the World Bank Group and its Affiliates, the same position he held when he was Executive Director of the World Bank from 2004-2007. He represents Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. He is also a member of both the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) and the Budget Committee. 

Prior to this position, Mr. Canuto served in the following capacities: Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Brazil, Cabo Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Timor Leste, and Trinidad & Tobago (2015-2016); Senior Advisor on BRICS economies at the World Bank (2014-2015); Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM), World Bank (2009-2014); and Vice President for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank (2007-2008). In Brazil, in the year 2003, he was State Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. 

Mr. Canuto received his Master in Economics from the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and was subsequently awarded his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Campinas, Brazil.  At the University of São Paulo and at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil, he was a Professor of macro and international economics.

He has authored and co-edited 7 books and over 160 book chapters and academic articles. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous blogs and periodicals: Capital Finance International, Huffington Post; Project Syndicate; VoxEU; Roubini Global Economics; Seeking Alpha,  No Se Mancha and Columbia Global Centers.  

List of articles and blogs:

04/17/17 Brazil’s Pension Reform Proposal is Necessary and Socially Balanced

03/26/17 Beyond the Ballot: Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

03/10/17 Colombia: Getting Peace, Getting Growth

03/09/17 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.6 – with Aleksandra Liaplina

02/25/17 The Mist of Central Bank Balance Sheets

02/07/17 Global Imbalances on the Rise

01/28/17 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.5 - with Chiemi Nakano

01/22/17 The Brazilian Debt Hangover

12/23/16 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.4 - With Samuel George

11/23/16 What’s Ailing the Brazilian Economy?

11/23/16 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.3 - with Cornelius Fleischhaker

11/14/16 Mr. Trump: Can You Deliver it?

11/02/16 The Global Economy Remains Unbalanced

10/19/16 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.2 — Canuto And Veronica Ramcharan

10/14/16 #TalkToOtavianoCanuto n.1 - Canuto and Lusha Zhuang

10/11/16 A Straitjacket to Help Brazil Fight Fiscal Obesity

10/03/16 Brazil Needs An Honest Waste Loss

09/26/16  Turkey’s Economy At The Crossroads

08/11/16  China’s Spill-Overs on Latin America and the Caribbean

08/06/16 Tales Of Emerging Markets

06/21/16 Suriname: Facing The Storm With A Correction Of Course

05/09/16 China’s Spillovers On Latin America and the Caribbean

04/27/16 Brazil At the Crossroads

04/24/16 #TalkToMe: Otavio Canuto and Otaviano Canuto

04/24/16 #TalkToMe: Lucas Braga and Otaviano Canuto

04/27/16 What Happened to World Trade?

04/06/16 #TalkToMe: Luiza Canuto and Otaviano Canuto

03/21/16 TTIP and TPP — A Threat to Latin America?

02/25/16 Capital Flows and Deleveraging in Emerging Markets: the Great Portfolio Rebalancing

01/26/16 Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

01/18/16 Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

12/15/15 Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

12/03/15 A New Day in Colombia

12/01/15 Trade Facilitation: Diplomacy May Be Catching Up

11/18/15 Shadow Banking in China: A Morphing Target

11/10/15 Nicaragua: Una historia de éxito en ciernes

11/09/15 Nicaragua: A Success Story in the Making

10/22/15 De-Risking Is De-linking Small States from Global Finance

10/19/15 Precios de petróleo y el futuro de Petrocaribe

09/28/15 Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe

08/20/15 Small Is Beautiful... But Vulnerable!

10/25/15 Should Oil Exporters Shift Capital Stock to Renewables?

10/20/15 How Commodity-Dependent Are Latin American Economies?

10/14/15 Trade Opening Could Be a Source of Growth for Brazil

04/27/15 BRICS Apart as Oil Prices Plunge

1/05/15 Navigating Brazil’s Path to Growth

09/19/14 Liquidity Glut, Infrastructure Finance Drought and Development Banks

08/22/14 Commodity Super Cycle to Stick Around a Bit Longer

05/06/14 Macroeconomics and Stagnation – Keynesian-Schumpeterian Wars

12/16/13 Walking on the Wild Side – Monetary Policy and Prudential Regulation

10/16/13 Emerging Markets and the Unwinding of Quantitative Easing

08/01/13 China, Brazil – Two Tales of a Growth Slowdown

05/21/13 Fiscal Policy Redux

03/13/13 Overcoming Middle-Income Traps

10/09/12 Harnessing Trade Opportunities for Growth and Development






Otaviano Canuto
The World Bank
1818 H Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20433


  • Economic Growth
  • Poverty Measurement and Analysis
  • Public Sector Management
  • Financial Sector Development