About Eduardo Paes

Eduardo Paes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from PUC-Rio University. He has dedicated his career to public service, beginning in 1993 when, at the age of 23, he was appointed Supervisor of the Jacarepaguá and Barra districts. He was twice elected to the City Council and twice to the Federal Congress. 

In October 2008, he was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, he was reelected in the first round for a second term.

As mayor, Mr. Paes oversaw a cycle of great events in Rio de Janeiro, from the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, through the 2014 FIFA World Cup to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, which accelerated major transportation, infrastructure and urban renewal projects in the city.

Between 2017 and 2020, he worked as a consultant in the Urban Planning Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and as Vice President for Latin America of the BYD Company Ltd., focusing on the management of metropolitan regions 

In 2020, he was elected mayor of the city for a third term, taking office on January 1st, 2021 with a commitment to leading the city’s recovery from a fiscal crisis and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eduardo Paes is married and has two children. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

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