Fernando Henrique Cardoso
(1931- ) was the president of Brazil from 1996 to 2003 and
earlier minister of finance and economy and minister of
foreign affairs. He was a staff member in ECLA (1964-67).
Before starting on his political career as a federal senator
in 1983, he had been a professor of sociology and political
science at several universities, including São Paolo,
Paris, Cambridge, and Stanford. He was born in Brazil and
educated at the University of Paris and the University of
São Paolo. He chaired the Panel of Eminent Persons
on United Nations-Civil Society Relations (2003-4).