Carlos Francisco Theodoro Machado Ribeiro de Lessa, better knwon simply as Carlos Lessa, was a Brazilian Economist and Professor.
Life and career
Born in July 30, 1936 in Rio de Janeiro to a wealthy family, Lessa studied at the best private schools in his native city.
In 1959, he graduated in economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and latter got a
Lessa worked as a professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Rio Branco Institute, the Brazilian diplomatic graduate school.
In 2002, Lessa was elected Rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He his post for a bried period of time between july 2002 and march 2003.
In 2003, Lessa was appointed President of the Brazilian Development Bank by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. His tenure lasted from january 2003 to november 2004 and his resignation was a result of multiple disagreements over economic policies with Central Bank of Brazil President Henrique Meirelles and Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan
Personal life and death
Lessa was a huge fan of Brazilian Carnival and founded Minerva Assanhada, a Carnival block composed mostly of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro students and personnel.
Lessas's son, Rodrigo Lessa is a Singer-songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist.
On June 5, 2020, Lessa died in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 83 due to complications brought on by COVID-19.
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