Sandra Ornelas

Managing Director, Compliance Latin America, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sandra Ornelas has over 20 years of experience in the Brazilian and Latam financial market. She began her career at Banco Garantia, a local investment bank, and has since worked in many different areas of finance, including broker/dealer, trading desk, international custody, operational risk, and internal auditing.

In 1999, Sandra joined the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) Compliance team. Four years later, she switched to the J.P.Morgan Compliance team, where she was responsible for advising business areas in Brazil, including treasury, capital markets, private equity, investment banking, private banking, equities sales and trading, and participating in Latam and global projects. She was also responsible for AML coverage. In 2007, Sandra took over the Supervision of Operational Risk and Compliance in Wealth Management area of Banco Itaú, managing a team of more than 60 people.

In June 2012, Sandra joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Head of Compliance for Latin America. She oversees Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and other Latam countries. She is also a member of the Latin America Executive Committee.

Sandra studied economics and achieved an executive MBA and a specialization in corporate law. She has participated in several international congresses and seminars both as an attendee and a speaker. She frequently engages in socially responsibility activities, including the Women's Forum "Global Ambassadors Program," Make a Wish, and the Brazil Diversity Committee.