Economist, PhD in Development Economics and post-PhD in Creative Industries (Sorbonne-Paris 13). Professor of Creative Industries and Economy of Culture at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Visiting Professor and Researcher at Queen Mary University of London (UK); University Paris 13 (Labex/ICCA – Sorbonne – France) and University of Valencia (Spain). Advisor in Cultural and Creative Industries for Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, Argentina’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO and OEI. Creator of the Centre of Studies in Cultural and Creative Economy (NECCULT), having led, in 4 years, 6 international agreements (Brazil-Europe); 20 large scale research projects; 7 international conferences; 12 books and the national large-scale project Brazilian Atlas of the Economy of Culture. International conferencist and lecturer at Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Principal and co-investigator in international academic researches funded by AHRC (UK), ESCR (UK), Ministry of Culture of France and Newton Funding (UK). Holds a Newton Advanced Fellowship by the British Academy (2018-2020). Endorsed as Exceptional Talent and Global Leadership by British Academy – UK (2018). Holds a position in the Advisory Board of Policy and Evidence Centre of Creative Industries (UK) – Nesta/AHRC.

Leandro holds an honorary Visiting Chair in the Economy of Culture in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London from 2018-2020. He is partnering with PPP on all of its creative economy research, including The Currency of Cultural Exchange and Relative Values.