Global Think In Rio de Janeiro

LUIZ FELIPE DE ALENCASTRO | Luiz Felipe de Alencastro is Professor of Economic History and Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies at the Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV and Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris - Sorbonne. He has published numerous scholarly articles on Brazilian  history and on the South Atlantic.
BOLIVAR LAMOUNIER | Bolivar Lamounier is a Brazilian political scientist and sociologist. He is a member of the São Paulo Academy of Letters. Lamounier was the first Director of the Institute of Economic, Social and Political Studies of São Paulo (IDESP), a leading think tank. He is also an active public intellectual writing in leading media outlets
HEBE MATTOS | Hebe Mattos is a professor of Brazilian History and coordinator of the Laboratory of Oral History and Image of the Federal Fluminense University. She was Ruth Cardoso Visiting Professor at Columbia University several years ago. She was also a visiting professor at Écoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and at the University of Michigan. She is a leading authority on the history of slavery in Brazil and the transatlantic slave trade.
DANIELA PINHEIRO | Daniela Pinheiro is a Brazilian journalist at Piauí magazine. She has won the award “Troféu Mulher Imprensa” for best woman journalist in a written outlet four times. She was awarded an S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
THOMAS J. TREBAT (MODERATOR) | Thomas J. Trebat is director of the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro. He joined Columbia after a lengthy career on Wall Street dedicated to economic research on Latin America. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University and of the Institute’s Center for Brazilian Studies. Prior to joining ILAS in February 2005, Tom was Managing Director and Head of the Latin America team in the Economic and Market Analysis department of Citigroup. He joined Citicorp Securities in 1996 as the head of Emerging Market Research. Previously, he worked at Bankers Trust, the Ford Foundation, and Chemical Bank. As a senior international economist at Bankers Trust, he was involved in many aspects of country debt negotiations in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America during the 1980s. At the Ford Foundation, he served for four years as the regional director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs. At Chemical Bank, Tom organized and directed the emerging markets research group. Mr. Trebat has a PhD in economics from Vanderbilt University and remains active in teaching and publishing. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. His book, Brazil's State-owned Enterprises: A Case Study of the State as Entrepreneur was published by Cambridge University Press in 1983.
VISHAKHA N. DESAI (MODERATOR) | Vishakha Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as senior advisor for global programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Desai served as president and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the U.S. Prior to becoming president, Desai served in several senior executive positions at the Asia Society for more than a decade. Under her leadership, the Asia Society became a much more global 6/8 organization with new offices in India, and Korea, and with two new architecturally acclaimed buildings in Hong Kong and Houston. She also developed groundbreaking new initiatives such as the U.S-China Center, a transnational young leaders program, and a national program of internationally themed public high schools. A recipient of numerous awards and five honorary degrees, Desai holds a BA in political science from Bombay University and an MA and PhD in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.
SEAN MCLINTOCK | Sean McLintock is a current MA student with the Committee on Global Thought. He earned a BA in Political Science and an LL.B from Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. His MA thesis is titled “The Future of Jobs in South Africa: Employment, Skills, and Strategies for the Next Industrial Revolution.”
PRAKASH H. MEHTA | Prakash H. Mehta is a partner at Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP with over 20 years of experience working with asset managers, institutional investors and entrepreneurs. He provides strategic, legal, business, and operational advice on high-profile, transactional, and litigation matters for clients around the world. Mr. Mehta is the leader of the firm’s India practice and was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Mr. Mehta regularly gives presentations around the world, including most recently on topics such as “Cybersecurity – What Fund Managers and Investors Need to Know,” “LP Advisory Board: Rules Of Engagement,” “Hedge Fund Manager Investment Transactions – Key Considerations,” and “Trends in Private Equity and Hedge Funds.” Mr. Mehta received his JD magna cum laude in 1994 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as associate editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his first degree summa cum laude in 1991 from Georgetown University. He is a member of the CGT's Advisory Council.
KATHARINA PISTOR | Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation. Her research explores corporate law, corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law. In 2015 she was elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. She recently co-edited Governing Access to Essential Resources (Columbia University Press, 2015).
SOMINI SENGUPTA | Somini Sengupta is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and has reported from a Himalayan glacier, a Congo River ferry, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many other places. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016), has been selected as among The Economist’s Best Books of 2016.
JOSHUA SIMON | Joshua Simon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in American and Latin American political thought, revolutionary thought, constitutions, and approaches to foreign policy. His forthcoming book, The Ideology of Creole Revolution: Imperialism and Independence in American and Latin American Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017), explores similarities between British and Spanish American independence movements.
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