For this interview, we sat down with Mariana, one of Sidera’s partners, in order to get to know her outside of her work as a trade consultant.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, in Brazil, but my father is originally from Chile.
Before attending the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, (PUC-SP) you studied Economics in the US at Ursinus College. Why did you choose to come to the US, and why Ursinus?
Because it was a liberal arts college that gave me more time and more knowledge to choose a major (which different from what generally happens in Brazil). Also, I had already lived in Pennsylvania and have family in that area.
After PUC-SP, you headed off to the London School of Economics and Political Science, probably a huge change from Pennsylvania! If you had to describe the London School of Economics in 3 words, what would they be?
Cosmopolitan, cool, on the edge
At Sidera, you deal with lots of different markets, especially in customs-related issues and trade remedies. What trade market have you worked in that’s the most different from Brazil’s?
You’ve worked in; chemical, rubber, textile, paper, steel, and machinery sectors. Out of all of those, what’s the toughest case you’ve ever worked?
The Frozen Potatoes Antidumping case against Europe that we’re currently working.
*If you’d like to read more about this case, click here