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Gustavo Arnavat

Gustavo Arnavat

Co-Chair

Gustavo Arnavat is a Co-Chair of Mercury, based in the New York City office. With over 30 years of professional international financial, legal, development banking and national security experience, he serves as a senior strategic adviser to sovereign states and global corporations, financial institutions, universities and NGOs.

Served as the 15 th U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he approved and oversaw over $50 billion in investments in 26 countries and led the negotiations that resulted in the largest capital increase in the history of the Bank.

Served a senior member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s International Affairs team and on the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

Former Wall St. corporate and sovereign finance attorney and investment banker in New York.

Presidential Management Fellow, serving in several U.S. Government agencies, including the State Department and the National Security Council.

Non-resident Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Editorial Board of the Americas Quarterly, Advisory Board of Knowledge@Wharton, and the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Poder Magazine.

B.A., from Cornell University; M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

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Gustavo Arnavat is a Co-Chair of Mercury, based in its New York City office. He has over 30 years of professional international financial, legal, development banking and national security experience. He serves as a senior strategic adviser to sovereign states and global corporations, financial institutions, universities and NGOs.

Arnavat is also a non-resident Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focuses on global economic development and the Americas.

Prior to joining Mercury, Arnavat served as the U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a position for which he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Arnavat also led the U.S. at the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, was a senior member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s International Affairs team and served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

During his tenure, he approved and oversaw over $50 billion in investments by the IDB and its affiliates in 26 countries through projects in diverse sectors, including citizen security, renewable energy, transportation and communications infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture, education and modernization of the state. He also led the negotiations within the Board of the IDB that resulted in the largest capital increase in the history of the Bank, a near doubling of its lending capacity and the adoption of key operational, risk management, anti-corruption and other reforms.

Prior to the IDB, he spent two decades as a corporate and sovereign finance attorney and investment banker in New York, participating in numerous notable debt-restructuring, capital market and M&A / joint venture transactions throughout the Americas.

Arnavat began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked in several U.S. Government agencies, including the State Department and the National Security Council, where he was the analyst for Latin America.

He is on the Editorial Board of the Americas Quarterly, published by the Council of the Americas; the Advisory Board of Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School’s digital business review; and the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. He was selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Poder Magazine.

Arnavat received a B.A., cum laude, from Cornell University, an M.P.P. degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Sloan Foundation Fellow, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.