Sérgio Sá Leitão was the Ministry of Culture’s chief of staff during the tenure of former minister Gilberto Gil and Rio de Janeiro’s municipal culture secretary between 2012 and 2015.
Before taking over the Ministry of Culture, he was the director of the National Film Agency (Ancine) and the CEO of RioFilme (the latter from 2009 to 2015). Leitão also advised the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) when it was creating its Department of Culture. He was a member of the Petrobras Cultural Council, vice-president of the OAS Inter-American Committee on Culture and vice-president of the Brazilian Distributors Association (Adibra).
Leitão also participated in the creation of the Audiovisual Sectorial Fund (FSA) and advised the drafting of Law 12,485, which regulates pay-TV in Brazil.
Sérgio Sá Leitão obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), after which he obtained postgraduate degrees in E-business from the IBMEC (now Insper) and Public Policy from the University of São Paulo (USP).
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