Cauam Ferreira Cardoso is a PhD Candidate in International Economic Development at the MIT. Since the start of his professional career in 2002, he has lived on 6 different continents, and worked professionally on 5. After developing several socio-environmental and sanitation projects in Brazil, Cauam spent two years in Angola, where I worked with large-scale sanitation and solid waste management projects. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), initially serving in Cambodia, and later at FAO’s headquarters in Italy, supporting the development of food security projects worldwide.
At MIT, since the fall of 2012, Cauam has been conducting research on the interface between technological change and economic development in emerging countries, as well as the implementation of development policies and projects. He also continues to work as a consultant for public, private, and non-profit organizations working in and with countries in the Global South. Cauam has received several awards throughout his career, including first place in the International Essay Competition of the World Bank (Japan, 2006), the Most Innovative Policy Proposal at the African Program on Rethinking Development Economics (South Africa, 2011) and the MIT Presidential Fellowship (United States, 2012).
Cauam has a Master’s in Political Economy from the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, with qualification in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).