The Brazil Forum UK will bring some of the most renowned specialists in many areas to discuss and present their expectations on the issues that the country is currently facing.



Luís Roberto Barroso

Luís Roberto Barroso is a Supreme Court Justice. He holds a PhD from UERJ, a Master’s degree from Yale and was a visiting scholar at Harvard. He is also a Professor of UERJ and visiting scholar at UnB. The the Brazil Forum UK is delighted to receive him as President of Honour.


Ciro Gomes

Ciro Gomes is a Brazilian politician. He is a former governor of the state of Ceará (1991-1994) and was minister of National Integration between 2003 and 2006 and minister of Finance between 1994 and 1995.


Roberto Setubal

Roberto Setubal is the president and the CEO of Itaú Unibanco, the largest private bank in Brazil. He is also the president of the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) and a member of the International Advisory Board Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


Patrus Ananias

Patrus Ananias is a politician and one of the founders of the Brazilian Worker’s Party, PT. He was the minister of social development between 2003 and 2010 and oversaw the implementation of Bolsa Família, a social programme acclaimed for lifting millions out of poverty.


Sérgio Moro

Sérgio Moro is a federal judge responsible for judging the Lava Jato cases, the most notorious corruption probe in the history of Brazil.


Claudia Costin

Claudia Costin is the director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Educational Policy at FGV-RJ. She is a former director of Global Education at the World Bank and has previously served as secretary of Education of the city of Rio de Janeiro. She was also a visiting professor of Practice in Education at Harvard.


Claudia Sender

Claudia Sender is CEO of TAM Linhas Aéreas, and as of May, she will become the Group’s Customers’ Senior Vice President and the President of LATAM Brasil. Claudia was also Marketing Vice President at Whirlpool Latin America and also a consultant at Bain&Company. A chemical engineer graduated from USP, she holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.


José Eduardo Cardozo

José Eduardo Cardozo was Minister of Justice of Dilma Rousseff and later head of the Federal Attorney General’s Office. He also commanded Dilma Rousseff’s defense in the process of impeachment. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and is a professor at PUC-SP among other schools and universities.

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Djamila Ribeiro

Djamila Ribeiro holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of São Paulo. She was assistant secretary of the Secretariat of Human Rights and Citizenship of São Paulo in the management of Fernando Haddad. She is columnist for the magazine and website of Carta Capital. She spoke at UN headquarters in New York in March and September 2016.


Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva

Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva is a Justice of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice. He holds a PhD from the Goethe Universität and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Law School. He was also counselor of CADE (Brazil’s antitrust agency) and attorney for the National Treasury.


Izabella Teixeira

Izabella Teixeira was Brazil’s minister of the Environment between 2010 and 2016. She holds a PhD in Energy Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).


Elizabeth Farina

Elizabeth Farina is the current president of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). She holds a PhD from the University of São Paulo and previously served as president of the Brazilian antitrust agency, CADE. She is also a retired full professor of the Faculty of Economics of the University of São Paulo, where she served as chief of department.


Marcos Jank

Marcos Jank was executive director for Global Public and Governmental Affairs at BRF, one of the largest food companies in the world. He is currently a consultant specialist for global agribusiness.


Guilherme Leal

Guilherme Leal is founder and co-chairman of the board of Natura and an investor in new relevant impact businesses in areas such as forestry management, renewable energy and urban management. He is a B Team Leader, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet.Leal is a co-founder of RAPS (the Network for Sustainable Politics) and serves as chair at Instituto Natura.

Simone Musa

Simone Musa

Simone Musa concentrates on corporate income tax matters, tax planning for inbound investments, taxation of reorganizations and M&A. She also provides skillful advice on international tax planning, including outbound investments of Brazilian multinationals, use of tax treaties, transfer pricing and financing transactions.


José Alexandre Buaiz Neto

José Alexandre Buaiz Neto is a lawyer and a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados, a leading law firm in Brazil. His practice focuses on anti-bribery and on antitrust investigations and litigation.


Otaviano Canuto

Otaviano Canuto is the executive director at the Board of the International Monetary Fund for Brazil and several other countries, including Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama. He previously served as vice president, executive director and senior adviser on BRICS economies at the World Bank and is a former vice president at the Inter-American Development Bank.


Armando Monteiro

Armando Monteiro is a member of the Brazilian Senate. He is a former minister of the Industry, Foreign Trade and Services and has previously presided over the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI).


Fernando Haddad

Fernando Haddad has a Bachelor degree in Law, a Master degree in Economics and a PhD in Philosophy by the University of São Paulo (USP). He is a Political Science Professor at the same University, former-minister of Education (2005-2012) and former-Mayor of the city of São Paulo (2013-2016).


Esther Dweck

PhD in Economics of Industry and Technology, Esther Dweck is Adjunct Professor at the UFRJ Institute of Economics. She worked at the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management as Chief Economist and as Secretary of Federal Budget and also as Deputy Chief of Analysis and Monitoring of Government Policies of the Civil House of the Presidency. She is currently Economic Adviser of the Regional Development Committee of the Senate.

Mauricio Santoro

Maurício Santoro

Maurício Santoro is a professor of International Relations at the University of the Estate of Rio de Janeiro. He holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Iuperj and is the author of the book “Ditaduras Contemporâneas”. He previously worked with global cooperation in human rights for Amnesty International and at the Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (IBASE)