Ricardo is a portfolio manager responsible for sovereign research coverage on the Emerging Market Debt team. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Ricardo was head of research and an economist for Santander Investments and Banco Santander Central Hispano in Venezuela. Earlier in his career, he was professor of economics at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
Ricardo earned a BA from Boston University in 1987 and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He is also a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Simon Whistler, based in the Washington, DC, office, leads Control Risks’ political and social risks analysis and consulting practice in Latin America, working with clients to deepen their understanding of the risks facing their operations across the region, and producing tailored analysis and consultancy solutions to manage those risks. Simon manages a team of regional experts based in Mexico City, Bogotá, and Sao Paulo, whose capabilities support clients by providing greater assurance and foresight to their work in complex and challenging markets.
Simon has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Politics from the Institute of Study of the Americas. He speaks fluent Spanish and French, having previously lived in Chile and Belgium, and is also proficient in Portuguese. Simon has travelled extensively in South America, Europe, and southern Africa.