I was born and raised in São Vicente-SP, the first city of Brazil.

I am from Vila Margarida, a low income neighborhood two blocks away from - what was at the time - the 5th largest slum in South America, México 70.

I attended Brazilian public high school and did my undergrad at Unisantos, taking classes at night while working full time in the Port of Santos.

In 2011, I placed 24th out of 1100 in the national entrance exam for masters in economics. I decided to join FGV for it's rigorous study of economics.

In 2014, I graduated from FGV, having the highest GPA in the cohort, and started my PhD at Chicago the year after.