Sergio Fausto is a contributing expert for the Latin America Initiative and executive superintendent of Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a think tank and presidential library founded by the former president of Brazil. He co-directs Plataforma Democrática, an initiative devoted to strengthening Latin American democratic institutions and culture, and is co-editor of the book series “O Estado da Democracia na América Latina.” He is also a member of Gacint-USP, a group that brings together academics and policymakers to follow and assess international relations at Universidade de São Paulo. Fausto is a contributor to O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s leading newspapers, and frequently comments on domestic politics and international affairs in the media. During former President Cardoso’s two terms in office (1995-1999 and 1999-2003), Fausto served as advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Budget, the Ministry of Development and External Trade, and the Ministry of Finance. In 2012, he was awarded the Gus Hart Fellowship, given annually by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs to academics and policymakers for their contribution to democracy and development in Latin America. Fausto’s publications include “Difícil Democracia” (Paz e Terra, 2011), “Brasil y América del Sur: Miradas Cruzadas” (Siglo XXI, 2012) and “Brasil y América Latina: que liderazgo es possible” (Plataforma Democrática, 2013).