Igor Cornelsen was born in the late 1940s in the town of Curitiba Brazil. He attended engineering school at the Federal University of Parana, the only engineering school in the state of Parana. It was an extremely competitive degree program and yet, he excelled at it. So successful was he at his studies that he decided to seek out an additional degree in economics. He graduated in 1970 and decided to pursue his interest in the financial sector.
He followed his instinct and landed that first position. His first job was in the investment banking field which was not unusual for engineers at the time, as they were able to calculate compound interest rates with the sliding rule method. We must remember there were no computers at the time and people had to be human computers.
To learn more about Igor Cornelsen view his Crunchbase profile.
Cornelsen’s math abilities have him a food into the investment banking world and he quickly climbed the ladder to success and found himself on the board of directors at Multibanco. In just two years with them he became CEO. However, the position was cut short in 1978 when Multibanco was sold to the Bank of America.
He joined another bank named Unibanco, a leading investment company in Brazil where he remained until 1985. It was then that he joined Libra Bank PLC, a London based bank. At Libra he continued rising to the top and after gaining experience here for a number of years joined Standard Chartered Merchant Bank where he worked as a board of directors member and a financial delegate to the government of Brazil.
In 1995, he finally created his own investment firm and left Chartered Merchant Bank. Today, he dedicates his energy to his own investment clients throughout Brazil. Today, he is renown in the financial sector and looked up to by many up and coming investment bankers.