José Orenstein is a journalist and reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil´s most influential and longest-running quality newspapers. Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs.
He currently works at Estado weekly food section, Paladar, one of the newspaper's most prestigious supplements, which he joined in 2012. Created in 2007, Paladar is known for its in-depth articles and reportages, and created a new standard for food journalism in Brazil. Mr. Orenstein, over the past two years, has worked on investigative stories that emphasize different aspects of the food chain, intertwining gastronomy, environment and agriculture.
He also worked as political news reporter for a year and a half, covering 2010 Brazilian major elections for Estado. He also worked for Folha de S. Paulo for one year, as news reporter at its arts and culture section. One of ten chosen in a competition involving more than 3,000 candidates, he joined Folha in 2009. Before that, he worked as an intern at São Paulo's municipality International Relations Secretariat.
His academic trajectory includes two degrees: a BA in History at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - Latin America's top ranked university, and a BA in International Relations at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), top ranked in its field. During his graduation in IR, he was selected for a six-month exchange program at Sciences Po, in Paris, as a visiting Masters student, in 2007. At Sciences Po, he attended the classes of influential scholars and policy makers such as Gilles Kepel (Middle East History and Politics) and Elizabeth Guigou (European Affairs).
José Orenstein is fluent in English and French, and a native Portuguese speaker. He is an advanced Spanish speaker and has basic command of German. His academic interests include understanding how emerging markets are shaping a renewed contemporary world order on different levels: institutionally, politically, economically and culturally. Cooperation, development strategies and environmental global governance, specifically food security issues, are also among his main interests, always on a multidisciplinary approach.