Lemann Dialogue 2015

Watch the full event below.


How is Brazil moving beyond the current crisis and towards a more effective, innovative, and engaged government?

On November 19-20, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University hosted the fifth Lemann Dialogue, a two-day conference at Columbia campus in NYC.

Brazil’s Minister of Social Development, Tereza Campello, and former Brazilian Presidential candidate Marina Silva were present among a distinguished group of  top academic experts, policy makers and key actors in Brazilian civil society gathered to discuss some of the challenges Brazil is facing today.


Tereza Campello, Minister of Social Development, delivered the keynote speech.


Key topics included

  • Innovation for Inclusive Growth;

  • Rethinking Political Institutions and Governance;

  • Governing Global and Sustainable Cities; and

  • Strengthening the educational system in Brazil.

During the event there was an opening cerimony for the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies (LCBS), with the presence of Jorge Paulo Lemann, Provost John Coatsworth and Emeritus Professor Albert Fishlow (picture below), as well as Gustavo Azenha, Director of LCBS and José Moya, Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS).



The Lemann Dialogue is an annual collaborative initiative of Brazil Centers at Columbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, supported by the Lemann Foundation.


In the farewell moment, Gustavo Azenha (LCBS), who was the host in 2015, was joined by Frances Hagopian, representing Harvard, Jerry D'Avila, from the Lemann Institute at University of Illinois, Martin Carnoy, from the Lemann Center for Education Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil and Thomas Trebat, Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro.


To see the complete agenda of the event, click here.


Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and UmBrasil partnered during the event to produce a series of interviews featuring some of the participants of the event. The interviews will be available online and as a printed edition to be distributed soon.

To read more about the Lemann Dialogue repercussion in the Brazilian press, click:


"Lemann diz que polarização política trava avanço do país" (Folha de S. Paulo) (In Portuguese)




"Márcio Holland projeta cenário positivo para o Brasil no fim de 2016" (Estadao) (In Portuguese)




"Economia estará melhor em um ano, diz Márcio Holland" (ISTOE Dinheiro) (In Portuguese)




"Em NY, Marina Silva critica forma de fazer política no Brasil e pede fim da dualidade opositiva" (Estadao) (In Portuguese)




"Em NY, Marina Silva critica forma de fazer política no Brasil" (Epoca Negocios) (In Portuguese)