Past Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows

2020–2021 Academic Year

A man, Otaviano Canuto dos Santos Filho, with salt-and-pepper hair, wearing a dark suit and tie, stands in front of a colorful painting.

Otaviano Canuto dos Santos Filho is a well-respected researcher, thought leader, and author in economics with experience managing knowledge networks and providing strategic advice to senior management of multilateral institutions and governments. His experience includes fifteen years as vice president, executive director, or senior adviser in multilateral institutions (World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund and Inter-American Development Bank), twenty years as a professor of economics, and a year as vice minister in the Brazilian Ministry of Finance. He is recognized as a results-driven leader of teams dealing with complex policy issues and integrating research results, and is consistently acknowledged for having a deep understanding of economic trends of the global economy, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Fall 2019

Ilona Szabo is smiling in a white jacket, burgundy shirt, and pink collar.

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur, co-founder and executive director of the Igarapé Institute – a leading think and do tank in the Global South, which generates pioneering research, new technologies, and policy on the intersections of security, climate and development issues. She is also the co-founder of the Agora Movement which aims to build a new vision and project for Brazil. She was the executive coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy between (2011-2016) . She earned a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala in Sweden and is currently a Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellow at Columbia University in NY. Ilona was nominated a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015.  She is a columnist at Folha de São Paulo and the author of the two books.



Alexandre Schneider is smiling in a denim shirt against a white background.

Alexandre Schneider was Secretary of Education of the city of São Paulo for two terms. In his term, the city universalized pre-school attendance and reached 61% of the children from 0 to 3 years old enrolled in the city’s nursery schools. Also in his term, the city developed the first curriculum aligned to Brazilian Base Nacional Comum and UN’ SDGs. Mr. Schneider has a long experience in designing and implementing public policies in several areas like public safety, transportation, and education. He is a Lemman Fellow and a visiting researcher at ILAS/SIPA a researcher with papers published in academic reviews like the Economic Journal and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  He is also a columnist of Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s major media groups.