Lemann Dialogues


The Lemann Dialogue is an annual conference on Brazil collaboratively organized between four universities with endowments from the Lemann Foundation (Columbia, Harvard, Illinois, and Stanford).  The founder of the Lemann Foundation is Jorge Paulo Lemann, noted Brazilian business leader and a generous benefactor of Columbia University.

The specific conference themes vary each year, but generally focus on contemporary social, economic, and political challenges in Brazil.  Speakers at these conferences include faculty from the four collaborating institutions, as well as scholars, policymakers, and other experts from Brazil.  The conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase innovative research on Brazil, build connections between academic institutions, and connect leading academics and public policy experts.  Information on previous Lemann Dialogues conferences can be found in the following links:

The 6th Lemann Dialogue conference will be held at Harvard University in the Fall of 2016.

Lemann Dialogue 2015

Columbia University hosted the fifth conference this year on November 19-20.

Thanks to all the sponsors, speakers, and other individuals and organizations that contributed to making the conference an enriching space for substantive discussion about public policies in contemporary Brazil.  Video recordings of the conference are available here, photos are available on the Facebook page for the Lemann Dialogues, and links to PDFs of some presentations are available in the agenda below (to download, click on the names of individual speakers).

The Lemann Dialogue 2015 was widely covered in the media and below you can find a sample of articles discussing the conference and talks. Brazilian newspaper ‘Estadão’ also produced a series of short videos interviewing speakers at the conference, links to which can also be found below.


Estadão Interview series:

English subtitles, when interviews conducted in Portuguese.


AGENDA (complete downloadable agenda available here)

Click on speaker names below to access PDFs of presentations from the conference.

Day 1 | Thursday, November 19, 2015

8:30-9:00am              Registration / Breakfast

9:00am                        Welcome Keynote             

  • Tereza Campello
    Minister, Ministério de Desenvolvimento Social e Combate à Fome


9:45-11:00am      PANEL 1|The Current Political and Economic Landscape

  • Thomas Trebat (Moderator)
    Director, Columbia-Global Center Rio de Janeiro, MODERATOR
  • Albert Fishlow
    Professor Emeritus, Columbia University-Center for Brazilian Studies
  • Werner Baer
    Lemann Professor of Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Frances Hagopian                                     
    Lemann Associate Professor for Brazil Studies, Harvard University
  • Marcio Holland
    Professor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)-SP

11:00-11:15am           Coffee Break

11:15am-12:30pm    PANEL 2 |Policies and Social Inclusion

  • Jerry D’Ávila (Moderator)                       
    Lemann Professor of Brazilian History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
  • Lena Lavinas
    Professor of Economics, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Rodrigo Soares
    Professor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)-SP
  • Sergei Soares
    Researcher, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA)

12:30-2:00pm             Lunch                                         

Lunch talk: Hacking the Bureaucracy

  • Guilherme Alberto de Almeida
    Specialist, Ministério do Planejamento, Orçamento e Gestão

Lunch talk:  Civic Engagement: How to Mobilize through Network

  • Miguel Lago 
    Founder, Meu Rio


2:00-3:15pm       PANEL 3 |Reforming Representative Democracy in the XXI Century

  • Gustavo Azenha (Moderator)
    Director, Columbia University Center for Brazilian Studies
  • Leonardo Avritzer 
    Professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
  • Rebecca Tarlau
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
  • Paulo Sotero
    Director, Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center
  • Frances Hagopian                                     
    Lemann Associate Professor for Brazil Studies, Harvard University

3:15-4:30pm       PANEL 4 | Technology and Citizen Engagement

  • Bruna Santos (Moderator)
    Program Officer, Columbia Global Centers |Latin America (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Tiago Peixoto        
    Governance Specialist, World Bank
  • Ronaldo Lemos     
    Director, Instituto de Tecnologia Social (ITS)
  • Alexis Wichowski                                     
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University- School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Filipe Campante    
    Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

4:30-4:45pm       Coffee Break

4:45 -6:00pm       Facilitated Conversation 1 |Government as a Risk Taker and Innovator

  • Ricardo Gandour (Moderator)
    Content Director, Estadão
  • Mary Boyce
    Dean of the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Merit Janow
    Dean of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Marcos Costa Holanda
    President, Banco do Nordeste (BNB)
  • Marcos Troyjo
    Co-Director, BRICLab Adjunct Associate Professor Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

6:00-8:00PM       Reception


Day 2: Friday November 20, 2015

9:00-9:30am       Keynote – Sustainable Development Challenges

  • Marina Silva 
    Rede Sustentabilidade (REDE)
    (with introductory remarks by André Lara Resende, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University-SIPA)


9:30-10:45am      PANEL 5 |Urban Development and City Management

  • Frances Hagopian (Moderator)
    Lemann Associate Professor for Brazil Studies, Harvard University
  • Rodrigo Rosa         
    Chairman, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Rohit T. Aggarwala
    Adjunct Professor, Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • William B. Eimicke
    Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Eduarda La Rocque
    President, Cariocas em Ação

10:45am-12:00pm     PANEL 6 |Coordinating the Flow: Addressing the Challenges of Urbanization

  • Guga Chacra (Moderator)
    Correspondent, Globo News
  • Clarisse Linke
    Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) – Brasil
  • Ciro Biderman
    Chief of Staff, SPTrans
  • Luciana Nery
    Resilience Manager, Rio Resiliente

12:00 – 12:20pm     Inauguration of the Columbia University Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

  • Provost John Coatsworth and Jorge Paulo Lemann

12:20 – 1:15pm      Lunch


1:15-2:15pm       Facilitated Conversation 2 |Global Perspectives: The Centrality of Teachers and Teaching

  • Martin Carnoy (Moderator)
    Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
  • Claudia Costin
    Senior Director for Global Education, World Bank
  • Susan Fuhrman
    President of Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Chico Soares (to be confirmed)
    President, Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais Anísio Teixeira (INEP)
  • Thomas Kane
    Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

2:15-3:30pm       PANEL 7|Innovating in Policy Making for Education

  • Henry M. Levin (Moderator)
    Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Martin Carnoy
    Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
  • Manuel Palacios (to be confirmed)
    Secretary, Secretaria de Educação Básica, Ministério da Educação (MEC)
  • Mary Paula Arends-Kuenning                 
    Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Roberlayne Roballo 
    Secretary, Secretaria Municipal de Educação de Curitiba

3:30-3:45pm       Coffee Break

3:45-5:00pm       PANEL 8 |Current Trends and the Future of Learning

  • Denis Mizne (Moderator)
    CEO, Fundação Lemann
  • Paulo Blikstein
    Assistant Professor, Stanford University
  • Rossieli Soares da Silva
    Secretary, Secretaria de Educação do Amazonas
  • Fernanda Rosa
    Research Scholar, Columbia University-Center for Brazilian Studies
  • Eric Bettinger
    Associate Professor, Stanford University

5:00-5:30pm       PRESENTATION |Management Innovation: SEEDUC Case Study

  • Daniella Diniz (Moderator)
    Program Manager, Columbia Global Centers |Latin America (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Antoine Lousão     
    Deputy Secretary, Secretaria do Estado de Educação do Rio de Janeiro (SEEDUC)
  • Antonio Neto
    Secretary, Secretaria de Educação do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (SEEDUC)

5:30-6:00pm       Keynote                   

  • Aloízio Mercadante (to be confirmed)
    Minister, Ministério da Educação

6:00-8:00PM       Closing Reception

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