Head, Investor Education and Protection Office, Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil
José Alexandre Cavalcanti Vasco has been with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) since 1997. In 2006, he was involved with the launch of the Advisory Committee of Education, which gathered together the eight major representative bodies of the Brazilian capital markets (SROs and associations of organizations such as listed companies, investor relations firms, investment professionals, and corporate governance bodies). He ran joint educational projects (public and private sector) for investors, journalists, professors, and judges. From 2007 to 2009, he was in charge of coordination of workgroups created by the COREMEC (Supervisory and Regulatory Committee of Financial Systems, Capital Markets, Private Insurance and Social Welfare) to establish a National Strategy for Financial Education (ENEF). Vasco coordinated Brazil’s program for financial education in schools from 2008 to 2011 (and its pilot project for high school students in 2010 and 2011), a large-scale evaluation (approximately 900 schools) conducted by the World Bank to measure impact of financial education projects on financial knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. He worked on the launch of the CVM’s Investor’s Portal, in 2007, and its recent revised version in 2012. Most recently, he has been involved with the launch of “CVMEducacional,” CVM’s social media brand and coordinated production of the e-book Brazilian Securities Market–an initiative of the CVM’s Advisory Committee of Education–which is available as a free downloadable textbook for universities wanting to teach courses on capital markets. Vasco has a Master of Science in Law from Rio de Janeiro State University; a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Rio de Janeiro State University; a Master of Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas; and a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics from the Brazilian Naval Academy. Prior to becoming head of the Investor Education and Protection Office in 2005, he was Economic Advisor to CVM’s Chairperson, Head of CVM’s Administrative/Financial Department.