Sergio Fernando Moro
Mr. Moro brings more than 20 years of legal and investigative experience including serving as the Minister of Justice and Public Security of Brazil from 2019-2020. As Minister, he developed special programs to reduce violent crimes, protect Brazil’s frontiers, and was responsible for the drafting and enactment of federal laws around seizing and expropriating assets related to drug trafficking and other serious criminal activity.
Prior to this, Mr. Moro served as a Brazilian Federal Judge for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he served as the presiding judge in complex Brazil-based and international criminal cases including Operation Car Wash (Operação Lava Jato)—a massive criminal investigation that began as a money laundering case and evolved into a far-reaching corruption crackdown, involving bribery and misappropriation of public funds by high political authorities. Lava Jato generated an anticorruption wave not only in Brazil but in all of Latin America. Both as a Minister and as a Federal judge, Mr. Moro worked in collaboration with authorities from countries across Latin America, North America and Europe relating to investigating international criminal cases around bribery, money laundering, drug trafficking and organized crime.
In 2016, Mr. Moro was in Time’s 100 Most Influential People; Bloomberg’s “Fifty Most Influential”; and Fortune Magazine’s “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”; in 2019 the Financial Times included him in “Fifty people who shaped the decade.”
Mr. Moro earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Maringá State University (UEM); a master’s degree in law from Federal University of Paraná - School of Law; and a PhD in law from Federal University of Paraná - School of Law. He was awarded several honors including the “2018 Person of the Year Award” from the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce in New York, the Notre Dame Award and the Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Moro has also authored several articles and books regarding high-profile and complex anti-corruption, white-collar crime, anti-money laundering and organized crime investigations.