Principal Economic Advisor of the Integration and Trade Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University College London. He is the lead author of, among other studies, Too Far to Export: Domestic Transport Costs and Regional Export Disparities in Latin America (IDB, 2013); “Shaping the Future of Asia and Latin America Relations” (IDB and ADB, 2012); India: Latin America’s Next Big Thing? (IDB, 2010); and Unclogging the Arteries: A Report on the Impact of Transport Costs on Latin American Trade (IDB and Harvard University Press, 2008). Previously, Mesquita held a position at the Research Department of the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES), and taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.