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Panel: Political Renewal and New Leadership in Brazil

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 16, 2018



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Siga a discussão ao vivo no Twitter: #CouncilBR | @ASCOA


Americas Society/Council of the Americas, em parceria com RenovaBR, BrazilFoundation e Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, organizará o painel Renovação Política e Novas Lideranças no Brasil no dia 16 de maio, em Nova York.

Selecionados dentre 4.000 candidatos, três bolsistas da RenovaBR, representantes da nova geração de líderes do setor público, irão apresentar suas perspectivas para o setor público brasileiro com vistas a eliminar a distância entre o cidadão e os políticos eleitos para o Congresso.


Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with RenovaBR, BrazilFoundation, and Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, will host the panel discussion Political Renewal and New Leadership in Brazil on May 16.

Selected among a group of 4,000 candidates, three RenovaBR scholars from Brazil's next generation of public-sector leaders will share their vision on how to eliminate the gap between the average citizen and their elected officials in Congress.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #CouncilBR | @ASCOA


  • Eduardo Mufarej, Cofounder, RenovaBR @Renova_BR @edumufarej
  • Carlos Gomes, RenovaBR Scholar 
  • Felipe Rigoni, RenovaBR Scholar  @rigoni_felipe
  • Juliana Cardoso, RenovaBR Scholar 
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator) @BrazilBrian
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal


This program is part of the 2018 AS/COA Brazil Series.

Online registration for this event is now closed. You may register at the door, space permitting.

Simultaneous translation to English will be available.

Event Information: Marcelo Barretta | | 212-277-8378
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 212-277-8358
AS Individual Membership: Beckie Bintrim | | 1-212-277-8342
COA Corporate Membership: Mila Fontana | | 212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
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Juliana Cardoso

RenovaBR Scholar

Juliana Cardoso, 29, from São Paulo, holds a BS in environmental engineering, an MBA from EAESP FGV/Babson College, an MPA from Columbia University SIPA and is coursing a masters degree in public law at FGV. She has worked in the private sector in the area of environmental management and was deputy Ssecretary of environment and natural resources at the Hidromineral City of Poá, São Paulo.

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Carlos Gomes

RenovaBR Scholar

Carlos Gomes, 28, born in Rio Branco, Acre is a social worker and a student of economics at the Federal University of Acre. He has worked in various government agencies in Acre and was Rio Branco's youngest mayor candidate in 2016, where he came in third, finishing behind the Establishment candidates. In 2018, Gomes attended the course Integrity and Values in Government Programme at The Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, England.

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Eduardo Mufarej

Cofounder, RenovaBR

Eduardo Mufarej is one of the founders of RenovaBR, an initiative created with the purpose of preparing Brazilian citizens to become political leaders. He has been a partner of Tarpon Investimentos, a leading Brazilian investment firm, since 2004. He was the CEO of Somos Educação SA, the largest K-12 education company in Brazil, from 2015 to 2017, and currently leads the company's Board of Directors. Previously, Mufarej was the chairman of the Board of Omega Energia Renovável SA, a company focused on wind generation and small hydroelectric power plants.

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Felipe Rigoni

RenovaBR Scholar

Felipe Rigoni, 26, from Espírito Santos holds a BS in production engineering and works with coaching and human development. He has been visually impaired since he was 15 years old. Rigoni is coursing a master's degree in public policy in Oxford, England. He was chairman of the board of the Brazilian Confederation of Junior Enterprises (Brasil Júnior) and a TEDx Talk speaker.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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