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Author Maria José Pereira to speak at TASIS on October 22
Posted 10/14/2015 03:57PM

Finance expert and newly-published author Maria José Pereira will address the TASIS community as part of the Senior Humanities Program on the evening of October 22. Her presentation will take place in the Palmer Center at 19:30 and will be followed by a question-and-answer session in Casa Fleming.

Pereira’s highly-regarded A Banker Reflects on Money, Love and Virtue, published by Triarchy Press in April 2015, is a series of interlinked essays dealing with key themes of money, love, and virtue. The essays are not intended to present in-depth study of the issues, but to encourage deeper thinking about them. The aim of the book is to offer a way to bring qualitative discussion into a material area, so as to allow for construction of a world where money, love, and virtue work together, not in contradiction.

“This book will not be comfortable reading for many in finance today,” wrote John Nugée, retired central banker of the Bank of England and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. “But because of that, and because of finance’s urgent need to rebuild its relationship with society, it is all the more necessary that it be widely read."

Pereira, who is known to many by her married name of Melo Antunes, serves as a Social Responsibility Consultant at Lugano’s Franklin University, and she has given lectures and presentations at different universities and associations in Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Most of her working life has been spent in finance, banking, and investment, and her interest in advancing transformation in business and finance to a more sustainable model led her to the Clinton Climate Initiative of the WJ Clinton Foundation, where she promoted clean energy investment.

Prior to banking, Pereira was International Controller for a multinational corporation. Her business experience spans the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and Asia, and her languages include English, Portuguese, French, and Cantonese, with understanding of Spanish and Italian. She holds a B.S. from University of San Francisco, an MBA from University of California-Berkeley, and an M.S. from Imperial College London.

Pereira will be the second speaker for this year’s Senior Humanities Program (SHP), which first welcomed Barry Iverson on September 28 and will next bring filmmaker Shelley Davies to campus on November 30. The SHP seeks to draw from five defining elements of the TASIS identity–truth, beauty, goodness, international understanding, and humanitarian action–to provide seniors and postgraduates with a signature educational experience that includes a series of discussions, trips, lectures, and tours throughout the year. The SHP Committee selects five speakers each year who embody the pillars of the program.

Pereira’s presentation will be live-streamed and available at this link. Contact Peter Locke, Chair of the Senior Humanities Program, with any questions about the event.
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