Cézar Busatto is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Porto Alegre. He has been the Minister of Local Governance for Porto Alegre City Hall since 2010. As the Local Governance Minister, he was responsible for coordinating the Participatory Budgeting process that was first established in Porto Alegre 25 years ago and is now used in more than two thousand cities worldwide.
Previously, Cézar served as an elected Representative at the State Parliament for twelve years (three terms), the Chief of the Finances Department of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul for four years, and the Chief of the State Department of the State of Rio Grande do Sul for one year.
He earned his degree in economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM. Busatto has also written five books on the economic, social and financial situation of his State, on social responsibility as a commitment of all stakeholders in society, and on the Local Solidarity Governance, a new concept and practice of collaborative government in the context of an inter-connected society. As a State parliament representative, Cezar Busatto was the author of the Social Responsibility Award, an innovative piece of legislation fostering social responsibility as a commitment of all stakeholders, citizens, enterprises, government, and NGOs.
Cezar Busatto resides in Porto Alegre with his wife and two sons. He participated in the Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability Urban Thinkers Campus with a pre-recorded video presentation.