Fernando Sotelino Headshot

Fernando Sotelino

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Fernando Sotelino Headshot

1323 International Affairs Building


Personal Details

Fernando B. Sotelino has been Adjunct Professor of international banking and business strategy for financial institutions at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) since 2005. He also acts as faculty advisor to SIPA student teams in capstone projects for international financial institutions, having conducted such consulting projects for Citigroup, UBS, Standard Chartered Bank, China Merchants Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), MFX Currency Solutions, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Professor Sotelino is director of the board and senior advisor for the Americas of Brasilpar Ltd (a Brazil-headquartered corporate finance advisory boutique) and a member of the strategic advisory board of Marco Polo Exchange (a US headquartered financial services technology firm).

He was President of Unibanco (Brazil’s third largest private sector bank) from 1998 to 2004, after seven years (1991-1998) in charge of the bank’s international and investment banking divisions.

Previously he had spent five years in charge of Citibank’s M&A and private equity businesses in Brazil (1986-1991); and seven years with Crocker Bank in California, leading the Specialized Finance Group and managing project and corporate finance advisory mandates in the U.S., Asia, and Latin America (1979-1986).

He co-authored with Professor Irene Finel-Honigman the book International Banking for a New Century, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, (UK), 2015. Other recent publications include The Financial Services Industry 1808-2009 in The Brazilian State: Paths and Prospects of Dirigisme and Liberalization, Font M. and Randall, L. editors, Lexington Books, New York, 2011; Elasticity of Stock Prices in Emerging Markets, with L.P.Favero, in The Impact of The Global Financial Crisis on Emerging Markets, Thornton, R. and Aronson, R. editors, Emerald Publishers, 2011; How to minimize incentives to rating-centered regulatory arbitrage, with Gonzalez, R. and Savoia, J.R., Journal of Business and Policy Research, April 2012; and Universal Banking Post Crisis, with Gonzales, R., Universal Journal of Accounting and Finance, June 2016.

Professor Sotelino holds an MBA with concentration in finance and a Master of Arts with doctoral studies in economics from Stanford University (1977), and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (1972) and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (1971) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.


  • MA in Economics, Stanford University
  • MBA with concentration in Finance, Stanford University
  • M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro