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 President of LATAM Brasil and Senior Vice President of LATAM Airlines Group Customers. Claudia was also Vice President of Marketing 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 and CEO for the Asia-Brazil Agro Alliance.


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.


Carlos Rittl

Carlos Rittl holds a PhD in Tropical Biology and Natural Resources and is the current Executive Secretary of the Observatory of Climate in Brazil. Carlos led the Greenpeace Climate Campaign in Brazil (2005 to 2007) and WWF-Brazil’s Climate Change and Energy Program (2009 to 2013). Since 2004, Carlos has been following multilateral negotiations on the subject, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20).


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)

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Amara Moira

Amara Moira is trans woman, PhD candidate in literary theory from Unicamp, feminist and militant of LGBT rights and sex workers. In addition, she is the author of the autobiographical book “E se eu fosse puta”, columnist for Media Ninja and was also one of PSOL’s candidate for the city council in Campinas in 2016.


Timothy Power

 Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, Professor Timothy Power holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. His research is mainly concerned about democratization and political institutions in modern Latin America, in particular Brazil.


Roberto Quiroga Mosquera

Roberto Quiroga Mosquera is Professor of Tax Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo, professor of the Professional Master’s Degree at Fundação Getúlio Vargas-SP and Founding Member of Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. and Quiroga Advogados.

Rodrigo Maia

Rodrigo Maia

Rodrigo Maia is Federal Deputy in Brazil for the Democrats and is the current President of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil. In 2015, he was the chairman and rapporteur of the Political Reform proposal and the Special Committee that analyzed the extension of the Union’s Unbundling of Revenues. He also participated in several Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiries, such as the Correios (National Mail Service), Petrobras and the Special Impeachment Commission.


Delaíde Alves Miranda Arantes

Delaíde Alves Miranda Arantes is Minister of the Superior Labor Court, in labor advocacy, she is a member of the Research Group “Constitution and Citizenship and Labor – UnB / CNPq” and postgraduate in Labor Law and Process (UFG).


Silio Boccanera

Silio Boccanera is one of the most senior Brazilian journalists working as an international correspondent. He has been based in London for more than 30 years and worked as an especial envoy in some of the most relevant historical events, including the Nicaragua Revolution, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War. Mr Boccanera frequently anchors the analysis TV programmes Sem Fronteiras and Milênio for the news channel GloboNews


André Lara Resende

Andre Lara Resende is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University and PhD in Economics from MIT. He is a founding partner of Instituto de Estudos em Política Econômica da Casa das Garças and a member of the board of directors of the International Advisory Board of Itaú-Unibanco. He was a member of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Brazil and President of BNDES. He was part of the team that worked in the Real Plan and was an advisor to the President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. His books “Os limites do possível: A economia além da conjuntura” and “Devagar e Simples: Economia, Estado e Vida Contemporânea” were both awarded the Jabuti Prize in the book of the year in Economics, Finance and Business.


Luciana Nobrega

Luciana Nobrega e Silva Loureiro is a lawyer at Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados. Her practice is focused on assisting Brazilian companies in the expansion or reorganization of its foreign investments, both from a tax and corporate standpoint. In her area of expertise, Luciana assists clients in finding the most efficient and compliant path to their foreign investments, including supply chain reorganizations and discussions with foreign tax authorities.  Luciana also acted as tax consultant in Luxembourg and she holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Leiden, Netherlands.
Jaques Wagner

Jaques Wagner

Jaques Wagner was a Federal Deputy, Governor of the State of Bahia from 2007 to 2014, and Minister of Institutional Relations, Defense and Chief of Staff during the administrations of Presidents Lula and Dilma Rousseff.

Peter Collecott

Dr Peter Collecott is the Chairman of Canning House, the principal organisation in the UK fostering relations with Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Board at the Brazil Institute at King’s College London. He was a career diplomat, and the British Ambassador in Brazil from 2004 to 2008.