Rogerio Basso - Head of Tourism, IDB Invest
Rogerio leads all initiatives related to tourism in Latin America for IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. In his capacity as Head of Tourism, he is responsible for origination, investments, and for executing IDB Invest’s tourism strategy in the region, offering a variety of financial instruments including debt, mezzanine and equity. Rogerio has executed over US$550M in tourism transactions in the region spanning from hotels to conference centers.
With over two decades of experience in banking, private equity, development, and strategy consulting within the hospitality and real estate sectors, Rogerio has held a variety of positions across top global firms, working across a variety of domestic and foreign markets, with a strong focus in Latin America. Prior to joining IDB Invest, he was Chief Investment Officer at Key International, a Miami-based real estate investment and development platform active across many industry sectors. He also served as EVP Acquisitions & Development for Terranum Hotels, an owner and operator of hotels across Latin America, sponsored by Colombia-based Santo Domingo Group and Sam Zell’s Equity International. Early on in his career, Rogerio worked for over 11 years at Ernst & Young in Miami, where he was responsible for leading the firm’s real estate and hospitality advisory activities in Latin America across a wide variety of real estate asset classes. His operational skills are drawn from his tenure at Four Seasons Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group.
Mr. Basso is often quoted in industry publications on hospitality trends and topics, and is a guest speaker at industry related conferences in the United States and Latin America. He also served as a professor of feasibility analysis for the graduate hotel management program at Florida International University. Rogerio holds a business degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Rogerio is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has working knowledge in French.