BRICS Sherpas are a select group of leaders representing their countries within the BRICS bloc. The role of a Sherpa is that of being the main channel for communication amongst the BRICS nations. For the 2023 South African BRICS Chairship the following leaders serve as Sherpas for their respective countries:
Sarquis José Buainain Sarquis holds a PhD and a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
In 1991, he joined the Foreign Service and during his career as diplomat he has held several positions in particular in the field of economic, trade and financial diplomacy. Sarquis has been in charge of economic negotiations and policy analysis, in the areas of international trade and investments, finance and development. He has been a delegate to several intergovernmental meetings and conferences at the OECD, the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF, and at the United Nations.
During his diplomatic career, Sarquis has been posted to the Embassies of Brazil in London (1997-2000) and Berlin (2001-2003). He has been Minister Counsellor for economic and OECD affairs at the Brazilian Embassy in Paris (2009-2014) and has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo (2014-2017).
Prior to taking office as Secretary for Foreign Trade and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of External Relations (2020), he was the Vice-President for Risk, Research, Strategy and Partnerships of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Shanghai (2018-2020).
Sarquis has lectured and researched in the fields of macroeconomics, growth, development, trade, investment and
international finance. He was granted research prizes, such as the Gilbert de Botton Award in Finance Research.
Born in Resende, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, on December 8 1966, Sarquis is married and has two sons