Former President of Brazil
First woman to occupy the post of President of Brazil, between 2011 and 2016, Dilma Rousseff is an economist. She fought in left-wing organizations during the dictatorship, which is why she was arrested and tortured. During the democratic period, she was minister in the Lula governments (2003–2010). Her mandate reinforced advances in social inclusion policies and public transparency in the midst of political and institutional crises. She suffered an impeachment in 2016.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Former President of Brazil
President of Brazil between 1995 and 2002, Fernando Henrique Cardoso is a sociologist, political scientist and university professor. He was an active voice for the re-democratisation of the country during the military dictatorship and is one of the founders of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). His government was marked by the consolidation of the Real Plan, which drastically reduced inflation in the country and contributed to the stabilisation of the economy.
Singer and Songwriter
Born in Rio de Janeiro, she started her artistic life in 1997, the same year she joined Grupo Semente, a partnership that lasted five years and resulted in an album with compositions by Paulinho da Viola. In 2017, she recorded “Teresa canta Noel” honouring Noel Rosa, under the direction and supervision of Caetano Veloso. Since March, she has taken music, joy and tributes to thousands of Brazilians through her lives on Instagram, which already total 100 performances, a total of 288 hours live.
Cancerologist graduated from USP. He worked at Hospital do Câncer, Hospital do Servidor Público and Hospital do Ipiranga, in São Paulo, and has taught at colleges in Brazil and abroad. In 1989, he started a research project at Carandiru prison, where he served as a volunteer until 2002. Author of twenty books, he runs a health portal, drauziovarella.com.br, which seeks to inform and guide the lay public in simple and objective language.
Adriana Erthal Abdenur
Co-Founder, Plataforma CIPÓ
International policy expert and co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ, a new initiative for climate peacebuilding, governance and international cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a member of the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy and of the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks, which provides inputs to the UN system. Dr. Abdenur earned her PhD from Princeton and her Bachelor’s from Harvard and lives in Rio de Janeiro.
Luís Roberto Barroso
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Luís Roberto Barroso is a Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Justice and current president of the Superior Electoral Court. He holds a doctoral degree by the UERJ, MSc by the Yale Law School and visiting researcher in Harvard. The Justice is also a Professor at the UERJ, Centro Universitário de Brasília and a visiting lecturer in several international universities. The Brazil Forum UK has the honour to have him as its Honorary Chairperson.
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Communicator and specialist in environmental policies, she has worked at the Socio-Environmental Institute for 25 years and today coordinates the staff of the Socio-Environmental Policy and Law Program. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Brazilian Association of NGOs (ABONG) and a representative of civil society on the Advisory Committee of the Amazon Fund (COFA).
Writer and activist
Indigenous human rights activist belonging to the Krenak ethnic group, who led the struggle for the principles inscribed in the Federal Constitution of Brazil. He founded and directs the Indigenous Culture Center. Journalist, he was a series presenter at TV-Educativa and Canal Futura. In January 2016, he received the diploma of Professor Honoris Causa from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He is awarded nationally and internationally for his defence of Human Rights.
Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy and International Development at King’s College London. He is the author of Brazil: Neoliberalism versus Democracy (with L. Morais), and numerous other works on Brazil, international political economy, the political economy of development, neoliberalism, democracy, and alternative economic policies.
Scientist recognized for his work on climate-ecological impacts of Amazon deforestation and global warming. He has received a number of awards, including the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team. Nobre is currently championing the Amazonia 4.0 project, a science-based initiative to develop a “standing forest bio-economy for the Amazon”.
Ciro Gomes is a lawyer, academic and politician affiliated with the PDT. In his extensive public life, he was Minister of National Integration in the Lula government, Minister of Finance in the Itamar Franco government, Governor of Ceará and Mayor of Fortaleza. He was candidate for president three times, the last one in 2018, when he won more than 13 million votes. In May 2020, he released his fourth book: “Projeto Nacional: O Dever da Esperança”.
Observatório de Fortaleza
Master in Law from USP and PhD in Sociology from Sorbonne. She was Secretary of Culture of the State of Ceará (2003-2006) and Secretary of MinC Creative Economy (2011 to 2013). She is a professor in the Professional Master in Tourism Business Management at the State University of Ceará, Director of the Observatory of Fortaleza, Municipal Governance of the Institute of Planning in Fortaleza (IPLANFOR) and Consultant in Public Policies for Culture and the Creative Economy.
Professor at the Law School of the University of Brasília and visiting professor at Brown University, she founded the feminist NGO Anis – Instituto de Bioética, which works with research, communication, advocacy and strategic litigation in defence of women’s and other minorities’ rights in Brazil. Some of her work reflecting on gender and the pandemic can be found on Instagram: Relicário (@reliquia.rum) and Women in Times of Pandemic (@womenintimes)
Cultural manager for almost 20 years, director of Itaú Cultural, president of the Council of Culture and Creative Economy of the Government of the State of São Paulo and director of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM). He is an advisor to several institutions, including the São Paulo Art Museum Assis Chateaubriand (Masp), the São Paulo Bienal Foundation, the Jewish Museum, the Paço do Frevo (in Recife, PE), the Pro-Dance Association ( APD) – manager of São Paulo Companhia de Dança – and the CPFL Institute.
Governor of Rio Grande do Norte
Born in Nova Palmeira (PB), she moved to Natal, RN, to continue her studies. She is a teacher and pedagogue. Member of the PT since 1981, she was a state deputy, federal deputy and senator. Her main areas of activity have been Education, Culture, regional development, women’s rights and LGBT citizenship. Upon assuming the Government of RN, in 2018, Fátima became the only woman in the country to govern a state of the federation for the next four years.
Known as “Mayor of Paraisópolis”, Gilson is the National Coordinator of the G10 of the Favelas and president of the Instituto Escola do Povo, an organization responsible for literacy for another 7,000 people. He led the largest community urbanization program in Latin America and received awards and recognition in more than 12 countries. He won the recent news for being ahead of the fight against Covid-19 in Paraisópolis, acting where the government has left something to be desired.
Governor of Pará
Brazilian politician. He was councillor, deputy, elected mayor and reelected, president of the Federation of Associations of the Municipalities of the State of Pará-FAMEP, Minister of Fisheries, Ports and National Integration in the governments Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer. Elected governor of the State of Pará in the 2018 elections by MDB.
Professor and Head of the Institute of Pharmacology and Molecular Biology at Unifesp. She has received several national and international awards and honours. At her university, she was the first woman to become Pro-rector of Undergraduate as well as Pro-rector of Research and Graduate Programs. She has just been elected as co-chair of the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences. She is honorary president of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Sciences (SBPC).
Master in Cinema and Cultural Management, he is pursuing a PhD in Creative Economy at Goldsmiths University, London. He has worked in the newspapers Folha de S.Paulo and Valor and in the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo. Today, he directs JLeiva Cultura & Esporte, a consultancy specialized in the cultural and sports markets, and responsible for the main mapping of cultural habits in Brazil.
Joaquim Vieira Levy
Former President of BNDES
Engineer with a background in economics and finance, experience in the private sector and dedicated to the public sector between 2000 and 2019. Chief strategist and CEO BRAM-Bradesco between 2010 and 2014. He was Minister of Finance in 2015, Financial Director of the World Bank in 2016, and president of BNDES in 2019. Recently, he has been developing research on sustainable technologies at the University of Oxford.
Senator for Tocantins
Senator in the second term for Tocantins and former president of the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA). She was the first woman minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply in Brazil. In the Senate, she works mainly in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, foreign trade and the economy, always in defence of the competitiveness of Brazilian producers. She is a psychologist, rural producer and president of the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of Tocantins (FAET) since 1996.
Leandro Piquet Carneiro
Professor at the Political Science Department at USP, he has experience in the field of political science, with an emphasis on quantitative studies on crime and violence. Currently, he coordinates the Inter-American Police Development and Professionalization Network extension program, developed with support from the OAS. He is a member of the Management Council of the Public Security Secretariat of the State of São Paulo and the Municipal Public Security Council of the city of São Paulo.
Professor of public health at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, coordinator of the Research and Documentation Group on Health Entrepreneurship (GPDES). She is a specialist in collective health and social protection systems. She directs the Brazilian Center for Health Studies (Cebes) and is an advisor to the Brazilian Association of Public Health (Abrasco) and the National Health Council.
Malu A. C. Gatto is Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL) and Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She studies gendered political behaviour, representation, policy-making in Brazil. She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford.
Author of the book “A Casa da Vovó, uma biografia do DOI-Codi (1969-1991), o centro de seqüestro, tortura e morte da ditadura militar”, Jabuti Award (2015) and “Sérgio Buarque de Holanda de melhor ensaio social da Biblioteca Nacional” (2015). He also received the Vladimir Herzog award for the story “Rota 66, a confissão”. He worked with public security and justice news in the newspapers Folha da Tarde, Folha de S. Paulo and, since 1998, in O Estado de S. Paulo.
Rector of Unicamp
Full professor of Physics, he held several leadership positions at Unicamp, including vice-rector for Undergraduate Programmes. He also served as executive director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano) at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), where he is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He holds a bachelor’s and a doctoral degree in Physics from Unicamp and was a postdoctoral researcher in Italy and Spain.
Maria Tereza Uille Gomes
Counsellor of the CNJ
Counsellor of the National Council of Justice (CNJ) since 2018, she holds a PhD in Sociology from the Federal University of Paraná. Uille Gomes has experience in Constitutional Law, focusing on human development, human rights, Justice System and public policies. She was the Secretary of State for Justice, Citizenship and Human Rights of the State of Paraná and Attorney General of the Public Ministry of the State of Paraná.
Min. Women, Family and Human Rights
Director of the Department for the Promotion of LGBT Rights at the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, Marina has a master’s degree in Education from UFGRS, worked as an art teacher and manager in the areas of art and education. Transsexual woman, she founded the Trans Teachers Network in Brazil – Rede Trans Educ, which became IBTE – Brazilian Trans Education Institute.
Monica de Bolle
Senior researcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and director of the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She was a professor in the economics department at PUC-Rio and worked at the IMF. She holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and published in 2016 the book Como matar a borboleta-azul: Uma crônica da era Dilma (How to kill the blue butterfly: A chronicle of the Dilma era).
Professor of International Affairs
Author of books and articles on regional policy and security, global governance, Brazilian foreign policy and international cooperation, Monica Hirst has an extensive background in International Relations in Brazil and Latin America. She was a visiting professor at the universities of Stanford, Harvard and USP and provided consultancy in several countries. She is a professor at UTDT, in Argentina, and at IESP-UERJ in Brazil.
Recognized by Forbes as “30 under 30” and finalist of the 2018 Women Press Trophy, Monique Evelle is the creator of Desabafo Social, a collective intelligence platform for content production, problem-solving and income generation through social challenges; partner at SHARP, a cultural intelligence company; and the Responsa Agency, formed exclusively by professionals from the peripheries.
Lawyer specialized in Economic Criminal Law by the Institute of Economic and European Criminal Law at the University of Coimbra in partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences. Graduate student in Economic Criminal Law at FGVLaw. Author of articles on criminology, racism and criminal selectivity. She worked in law firms in São Paulo and is currently a lawyer at Conectas Human Rights, an organization that acts to enforce and expand rights from the perspective of the Global South.
Paulo Nogueira Batista
He was executive director for Brazil and other countries at the IMF, in Washington, DC, between 2007 and 2015, and vice president of the New Development Bank, established by the BRICS in Shanghai, from 2015 to 2017. He is the author of several books, and launched in 2019, by the publisher Casa da Palavra / LeYa, “Brazil does not fit in anyone’s backyard: behind the scenes of the life of a Brazilian economist at the IMF and the BRICS and other texts on nationalism and our pooch complex”.
Paulo Pedrosa, known as Pirula, is a biologist and doctor in Zoology with an emphasis on palaeontology. He has lectured at several Brazilian universities and since 2011 he has dedicated himself to the Canal do Pirula on Youtube, where he discusses topics such as science, the environment and politics, having accumulated over 86 million views. It is part of the Science Vlogs Brasil project, which brings together scientific disseminators who seek to combat misinformation, pseudoscience and historical revisionism.
Coordinator of COIAB
Social Worker specialized in Policies and Interculturality. She is one of the Coordinators of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations in Amapá and northern Pará (APOIANP), base of Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira (COIAB)
Head of Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and Professor of Latin American Politics, Tim Power researches democratisation and political institutions in modern Latin America. Regarding Brazil, Power has been the president of the Brazilian Studies Association and co-edited the book Democratic Brazil Divided (2017).
Activist of the Territory Velho Chico, Northeast Brazil. She started his activism in 2006, having collaborated with several movements for the rights of quilombolas and black women. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from Traditional Peoples and Territories, from UnB. She continues to believe in the contextualised formation of community bases as the main pillar for Sustainable Development.
Journalist and TV presenter
Journalist graduated from USP, Vera Magalhães has a 27-year career and experience in vehicles such as Folha de S.Paulo, Veja and Jovem Pan. Currently hosts the talk show Roda Viva, writes a column for the newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo, and edits the political analysis website BR Político, of Grupo Estado.
Philosopher and professor
Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of São Paulo, visiting professor at the universities of Paris VII, Paris VIII, Toulouse, Louvain, Essex, visiting scholar at the University of California – Berkeley. He was a columnist for the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo and today he writes a column for the newspaper El País.
Zeina Latif is an economic consultant and has a PhD in Economics from USP. He was chief economist at XP and before that he worked at several financial institutions, such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, ING, ABN Amro Real and HSBC. She is a columnist for Estadão.