Development Economics

Building Brazil’s Future: A Conference on Innovation, Investment and Brazilian Economic Development

Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052


The George Washington University’s Institute for International Economic Policy and Brazil Initiative and the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) will bring together academic researchers, business leaders, and policymakers to discuss how Brazil is moving forward amidst a devastating recession and the fallout to the Carwash corruption.

Presenters and panel discussions will focus on innovative economic activities, game-changing investments, and policy reforms at the state and federal level that promise to reboot and modernize the Brazilian economy.

The conference will be co-chaired by Mark Langevin, Director of the Brazil Initiative and Research Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs and Prof. Marcus Vinicius Dos Anjos Goncalves De Freitas, Director of the International Relations program at FAAP

  • 2:00 pm – Welcoming Remarks
  • 2:30 pm – Keynote Presentation
  • 3:15 pm – Panel I: Economic and Policy Challenges
  • 4:15 pm – Coffee Break
  • 4:45 pm – Panel II: Overcoming the Crisis Through Innovation and Investments
  • 5:45 pm – Closing Remarks
  • 6:00 pm – Reception

Speakers include:

  • Otaviano Canuto
    Executive Director, Brazil, The World Bank Group
  • Maggie Chen
    Director of the Institute of International Economic Policy
    Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Gregory Harrington
    Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
  • Antinio Josino Meirelles
    Executive Director Brazilian Industries Coalition
  • Gabriel Petrus
    Executive Director, Brazil International Chamber of Commerce
  • Justin Duarte Pine
    Director, International Affairs for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Antonio H. Pinheiro Silveira
    Executive Director, Brazil and Suriname Inter-American Development Bank
  • Rogerio Studart
    The Brookings Institution Distinguished Fellow
    The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils