Abraham Bragança de Vasconcellos Weintraub (born 11 October 1971) is a Brazilian economist and professor and the country's current Minister of Education under the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. He is a specialist in social security law and finances and a financial market executive.
|Minister of Education|
|Assumed office |
8 April 2019
|Preceded by||Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez|
Abraham Bragança de Vasconcellos Weintraub
11 October 1971
São Paulo, Brazil
|Alma mater||University of São Paulo (USP)|
Weintraub was born in São Paulo into a jewish family. He is a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Master in Administration in finances for Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), and graduated in Economic Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1994.
An executive of the financial market with over 20 years of experience, he acted as the lead economist and director of Banco Votorantim and as a partner in Quest Investimentos. He was a member of the transition team of the government of President Bolsonaro and was Secretary-Executive of the Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni.
Ministry of Education
On 8 April 2019, Bolsonaro appointed Weintraub as the new Minister of Education, replacing Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez. Weintraub is close to Onyx Lorenzoni, the current Chief of Staff whom he previously served as Executive-Secretary.
On August 2019, Weintraub wrote that the French people had elected a president that is "devoid of any character" and that Macron is "nothing but a worthless opportunist who seeks support from the French agricultural lobby".
Filming in class
In April, 2019, Weintraub stated that the filming of teachers by students during class is a right held by the latter, calling it an "individual liberty". Responding to the minister's statements, jurists argued that the unauthorized filming of teachers in class may violate the fundamental rights of educators.
Crack conspiracy theory
In a 2018 interview Weintraub claimed that crack was introduced to Brazil by communists in order to weaken the country. He also said that FARC had been invited as honored guests to the Foro de São Paulo, an annual gathering of Latin American leftist parties. These comments led The Guardian to brand Weintraub as a conspiracy theorist.
- Shalders, André; Magenta, Matheus (6 November 2018). "Governo Bolsonaro: conheça os integrantes da equipe de transição comandada por Onyx Lorenzoni" (in Portuguese). BBC Brasil. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- "Bolsonaro dá posse a Weintraub e diz esperar jovens mais bem preparados que os pais e avós" (in Portuguese). Ministério da Educação. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Castro, Grasielle (8 April 2019). "Bolsonaro demite Vélez e indica Abraham Weintraub para chefiar o MEC" (in Portuguese). The Huffpost. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Barcellos, Thaís. "Minister of Education calls French president "worthless opportunist"". Uol. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Agostini, Renata. "Minister of Education says filming teachers in class is a student's right". Estadão. Estadão. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Phillips, Dom (9 April 2019). "Brazil replaces far-right education minister with conspiracy theorist". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez
| Minister of Education