IRELAC is the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Relations between European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a non-profit research organization under Belgian law open to the universities, research organizations and individual experts in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
It works as an interdisciplinary network of many universities and academic experts dealing with the relations between the two regions, especially focused upon analysing the bi-regional academic relations and cooperation.
It provides an experimented expertise and analytic capacity on socio-economic and policy-oriented issues, especially on the macroeconomic development of the region and each country, the processes of regional integration, local development, social inclusion and gender equality, focusing on the interplay of economic, political, social and environmental issues.
President of IRELAC, is co-coordinator of the Jean Monnet Network as expert on monetary and economic policy, Professor of International Economics at ICHEC - Brussels Management School, former official at the European Commission DG ECFIN and previously at the National Bank of Belgium, at IMF and ECLAC/UN, and adviser to G20 Chinese Presidency.
Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, research on macro-economic management of capital flows in Latin America, proposals for international financial reform and for measures to diminish volatility of capital flows and reduce likelihood of currency crises; analysis of national and international capital markets, has been nominated to the list of the most influential economist 2016.
Bettina De Souza Guilherme
Co-coordinator of this Monnet Network as expert on governance and democracy, previously Professora Colaboradora at the IRI-USP on globalization, democracy and governance, official of the European Parliament (on personal leave), served at the Economic and Monetary Committee, the Committee on Development and on the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis of the European Parliament.