Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami (UM). He's also the director of the visualization program of UM's Center for Computational Science. He teaches courses on visualization and infographics for effective communication.
He is author of the books “The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (Peachpit Press, 2012), and “The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication” (Peachpit Press, 2016).
Between June 2010 and December 2011, he was the director for Infographics and Multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil, where he acted as an executive editor for the weekly news magazine Época and as an internal consultant for the other 12 publications of the group.
He has also been an assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, between 2005 and 2009. He was the James H. Schumaker Term Assistant Professor in 2008 and 2009.
Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo (elmundo.es, Spain), in 2000. his team won more Malofiej and Society for News Design (SND) infographics international awards than any other news organization worldwide between 2001 and 2005.
He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at all most influential international conferences on visual journalism and design. Since 2010, he has worked for companies and educational institutions in more than 20 countries.
Cairo's website is www.thefunctionalart.com and his Twitter handle is @albertocairo