Central bank governor of the year 2007: Henrique Meirelles
The Brazilian has brought a sense of euphoria back to the country and established it one of the four key emerging nations, as part of the Bric group.
"We do have some diversification and criteria to diversify a portion of our reserves that are not used for hedges"
"When I took over as central bank governor, Brazil had annualized inflation of 30%, high interest rates, minimal reserves and a weak currency. There was no fixed-income issuance and there have been times when we felt under siege for being too conservative. Now it’s all euphoria."
The role of Henrique Meirelles has indeed changed, and fast. He has overseen the Banco Central do Brasil in a period when the country has achieved stability that’s unprecedented in living memory for most of its population. He is applauded for holding a steady course on interest rates and facing down powerful critics.