Latin Bankers Association’s Team

Emerson de Pieri

Emerson is a Lawyer, graduated at FMU (United Metropolitan College), with Master in Business Administration at McGill University (Canada). He worked in institutions like Banco Nacional, Crédit Lyonnais, Siemens & as Vice-President for Latin America, Private Banking Division at Merrill Lynch and JFE Hottinger & Co. He also has international experience working in cities around the globe. Emerson de Pieri was responsible for the family company named Pieri Brasil International (, he is also the Founder of Brazil Business Friends (, member of The International Private Bankers Association and President of The Latin Bankers Association (

Laura O’Neill
Executive Vice-President

Laura O’Neill is Manager of Market Research at HBC Bank, responsible for conducting and analyzing all market research related to the company and its affiliates. She has been a member of the International Bankers Association since 2004 and is also responsible for all LBA back-office activities. She has a Master’s Degree in Economy from Penn State University (USA) and a specialization in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations from INSEAD (France). Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Business Management from the Universidad de Bogota in Colombia.

Carolina Madeira
Board Member

Carolina holds a BS degree in Mathematic from USP (University of Sao Paulo) and two post-graduation degrees, one in Capital Markets from IBMEC /FGV (Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais and Fundação Getulio Vargas) and one in Business Administration – Finance, from Fundação Getulio Vargas. Carolina Madeira has 12 years of experience in local and international financial markets in the areas of corporate banking, trade finance and corporate finance. She started her career at Bankers Trust N.A. in Argentina, worked in Banco de la Nacion Argentina, Citibank in London and joined Banco Itau in Brazil in 1997. In her last position at Banco Itau in Brazil she accumulated the functions of Latin America Head of Risk and Trade Finance

José Martinez
Operational Manager