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Brazil in the 21st Century


Friday, September 28, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Brazil in the 21st Century

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Attendance to this event is free of charge but all ticket categories are subject to availability. Pre-registration is required.

BayBrazil, in partnership with Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance and the General Consulate of Brazil in San Francisco, is proud to present:

Brazil in the 21st Century

With remarkable growth in the last few years, Brazil has become the fifth largest economy in the World by GDP and sixth largest by population.
With a vast territory and natural resources, Brazil has an export-oriented economy with well-developed agriculture and manufacturing industries. The country is the number one exporter of soybeans; the world’s largest producer of sugar, coffee and orange juice; the world’s leader in deep sea oil and gas extraction and home to the world’s third largest aerospace company, EMBRAER.
Foreign direct investment has hit record numbers: $66.7 billion dollars in 2011, up from $48.5 billion the previous year. Analysts predict that the Brazilian economy will pick up more steam as consumer confidence continues to increase and the country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
Still, Brazil has meaningful challenges ahead such as poverty and income inequality.
How will Brazil be positioned in the 21st century?
The Brazil in the 21st Century conference will gather government representatives and private-sector leaders to discuss science, technology, entrepreneurship and the country’s role in the global economy.



8:30am Breakfast

9:00am Welcome remarks

             Speakers: Evan Epstein, Executive Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance

                 Margarise Correa, Founder & CEO, BayBrazil

    Ambassador Eduardo Prisco Ramos, Consul General of Brazil in SF


9:20am Destination Brazil – the economic scenario

Keynote Speaker: Ricardo Guerra, Managing Director, Itau Unibanco

Introduction by Ron Czerny, Founder & CEO, PlayPhone, BayBrazil board member


Our keynote speaker represents the 10th largest bank in the world by market value and the largest financial conglomerate in the Southern Hemisphere. Itau Unibanco is the second largest bank in Brazil with 11% of the market for retail banking services.


9:45am – 11:15am panel discussion


The Brazilian economy grew 2.7% last year, down from 7.5% in 2010. This year the central bank is projecting a 3.2% of GDP increase. Despite slower growth and concerns over inflation, Brazil keeps a comfortable position as a destination for investors around the world.

 This panel will discuss the Brazilian economic scenario, the trends in key industry sectors and will offer insights on how the country can overcome major challenges to stay competitive in a globalized world.

Moderator: Howard Chao, Partner, OMM

Panelists:  Ricardo Guerra, Managing Director, Itau Unibanco

      Andre Levi, VP, DCM & BayBrazil mentor

                  Vicente Silveira, Director of Engineering, LinkedIn & BayBrazil board member

     Marcus Coester, CEO, Rio Grande do Sul Dev. and Investment Promotion Agency


11:15am-12:00pm Science & Technology in Brazil

Keynote Speaker: Manoel Barral Netto, Director, CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development)

     Introduction by Amb. Eduardo Prisco Ramos, Consul General of Brazil in SF


Brazil ranks 13th in scientific production and the Government is determined to improve that position. It has just launched a new initiative to tackle the shortage of skilled professionals aiming to invest over 2 billion dollars in science and technology scholarships.

 The keynote speaker will present the Science without Borders program that will send 100,000 Brazilian students to the world’s top universities.


A young Brazilian perspective on the country’s future

Speaker: Guilherme Loures, student, Aeronautical Engineering at Stanford


12:00pm Lunch break

12:40pm The Brazilian ecosystem of entrepreneurship & innovation

  Keynote Speaker: Fred Aslan, VP, Venrock & BayBrazil board member

  Case Study: Movile

  Speaker: Eduardo Lins Henrique, Country Manager, Movile

  Case Study: RedDrummer

  Speaker: André Vellozo, Founder & CEO, RedDrummer


1:10pm-2:40pm panel discussion


In the past four years, internet access has doubled in Brazil. Thanks to a rising middle class, its increasing purchase power and fearless curiosity to try new services, the web market is flourishing and fueling the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Accelerators and business incubators are producing homegrown startups right up on the radar of local and international VCs.

The panelists will talk about Brazil’s startup scene, how they are succeeding in that market and what are the challenges facing the innovation ecosystem.

Moderator: Steve Ciesinski, Stanford GSB, SRI International

Panelists: Fred Aslan, VP, Venrock & BayBrazil board member

     Daniel Dalarossa,Zymi Group, BayBrazil board member

                 Eduardo Lins Henrique, Country Manager, Movile

     Allen Taylor, Director Global Networks, Endeavor

     André Vellozo, Founder & CEO, RedDrummer


 2:40pm Rio de Janeiro 2016

Keynote speaker: Harald Batista, Entrepreneur

3:20pm Cocktail reception

Have questions about Brazil in the 21st Century? Contact BayBrazil

When & Where

Stanford University
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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BayBrazil fosters communication and entrepreneurship among professionals who work with or wish to develop connections with Brazil, the fastest growing economy in the Western world.

Our mission is to build a community of professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, students and scholars across a wide range of sectors including high tech, green tech, renewable energy, culture, finance, and education and to connect that community with forward-thinking business, government and education leaders in Brazil.

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