Fernanda was born and raised in Brazil where she managed a local Aiesec committee and actively participated in different academic activities, aiming at being involved and contribute to the local community’s advance. After acquiring her B.A. in International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Fernanda joined the trainee program at Itau bank to work with business development in Latin America. She recently received a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University, specialized in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis and Technology, Communications and Advocacy.  At Columbia, Fernanda was the Co-President of Brazil Talk, a student-led platform for discussion of current topics on the country, with the purpose of disseminating knowledge and promoting the debate to find solutions for Brazil’s issues. She is interested in applying best practices and behavioral approaches to the design and implementation of public policies, focusing on economic development.