Born in 1947 in Curitiba, Brazil, Igor Cornelsen went to the Federal University of Parana to pursue a degree in Engineering and graduated in 1965. It was the only institution around Parana, and Santa Catarina states that was offering engineering courses. Securing a slot at the Federal University of Panama wasn’t easy due to high competition. Two years later, Igor changed his mind and shifted his focus to economics and worked hard to secure a managerial role with an investment financial institution.
Engineering students were believed to possess exceptional skills that they would use to calculate compound rates interest. Indeed, it was a valuable skill because calculators and computers were scarce on the market. Mr. Igor’s vast experience in the engineering world earned him an opportunity to work for some of the world’s most prestigious banks. In fact, Igor’s sheer hard work and determination contributed to his appointment to the board of directors of Multibanco, which later named him the CEO. Igor left Multibanco in 1978 after its acquisition and decided to pursue his other interests. Mr. Igor’s first opportunity was with Unibanco, which was one of top Brazil’s investment firms. However, Igor left Unibanco in 1985 following an exponential rise in the inflation rate.
Later on, Mr. Igor Cornelsen joined Libra Bank PLC, a London-based investment corporation as the CEO. Mr. Igor would be paid in dollars, and he found this as an opportunity to advance his ventures as he had earned such an amount before. After several years of success at Libra Bank PLC, Mr. Igor moved to Standard Chartered Investment Bank and resigned in 1995 to concentrates his efforts on his venture. Mr. Igor believes that young and potential investors should equip themselves with a lot of information and pay less attention to what other players in the market say. According to him, aspiring entrepreneurs should view the world as a whole rather than as a small piece.