Adriano de Marchi Fernandes was born in 1983. He studied economics at the Instituto de Ensino e Pequisa, Insper in São Paulo, Brazil. He gained work experience as a financial analyst at Siemens Communications, as well as at a financial services firm and in the financial sector.
The German Chancellor Fellowship Programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is aimed at internationally oriented university graduates with first leadership experience from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Brazil, and India. The target group is aspiring decision makers, multipliers, and innovators from a wide range of work areas, including politics, public administration, economy, society, and culture.