Roberto Ferdman is a reporter at Quartz, focusing on Latin American business and economics. He also spends a portion of his time as part of Quartz’s ideas team. Previously, he worked as an online multimedia editor for the Cooking Channel and Food Network, and an associate producer in online, television and commercial video production. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in applied math and economics. He was born in Boston and raised in Puerto Rico; though his mother is from Tehran, Iran, and his father is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His obsessions range from corruption, climate change and surprising but true facts, to spicy food, fiction and live music.