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Brazilian Women in STEM

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 18, 2020


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In 2018, only 20 percent of jobs in the tech sector were held by women. Not only is their representation much lower, but the turnover rate for women working in the tech industry is also more than double that of men. How can we include more women and minority groups in STEM jobs? What policies and actions are being implemented? As underrepresented groups are the most vulnerable to lose their jobs to automation, how can we better prepare them for the workforce of the future? Join us for an on-the-record panel discussion focused on diversity and inclusion in STEM in Brazil. The conversation will be held in Portuguese.



Em 2018, apenas 20 porcentagem dos empregos no setor de tecnologia eram ocupados por mulheres. A representatividade de mulheres é baixa e a taxa de rotatividade das mulheres no setor é duas vezes maior que a dos homens. Como podemos incluir mais mulheres e grupos minoritórios no setor de STEM? Quais políticas e ações estão sendo implementadas? Um vez que grupos sub-representados estão mais vulneráveis a perder seus empregos para a automação, como podemos prepará-los para a mão-de-obra do futuro? Participe do nosso painel on-the-record sobre a diversidade e inclusão no setor de STEM no Brasil. O painel será realizado em português.


  • Alessandra Del Debbio, Legal and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Brazil
  • Maria Augusta Bernardini, Executive Medical Director, AstraZeneca do Brasil
  • Silvana Bahia, Director, Olabi

*Additional speakers to be announced soon.

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Alessandra Del Debbio

Legal and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Brazil

Alessandra Del Debbio is the legal and corporate vice president at Microsoft Brazil. She previously worked at Nokia, serving as legal director in Brazil and Latin America. She also served as a legal manager between 2002 and 2004 at Microsoft. She returned to Microsoft in 2014 as the head of legal and corporate affairs vice presidency. She is one of the co-founders of the movement "Juridico de Saias," an initiative created in 2009 which currently has 1,700 corporate lawyers as members. The movement mentors women on their careers.

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Maria Augusta Bernardini

Executive Medical Director, AstraZeneca do Brasil

Maria Augusta Bernardini is the executive medical director at AstraZeneca do Brasil. She has extensive experience in people management, insights gathering, strategic medical management, and license to operate medical activities (pharmacovigilance, scientific information, customer services, and medical compliance). Prior to joining AstraZeneca, she was Medical Lead of Global Established Products and Bioequivalence at Pfizer and Medical Group Manager at Aché Laboratórios.

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Silvana Bahia

Director, Olabi

Silvana Bahia is the executive director of Olabi and coordinator of PretaLab, a network of Black women in technology. She holds a master's degree in culture and territoriality from Universidade Federal Fluminense and is an associate researcher at the University of Sao Paulo’s Arts and Artificial Intelligence Group and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Research Group on Policies and Economics of Information and Communication.

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