Foreign direct investment can contribute significantly to sustainable development through tax
revenues, the transfer of capital and technology, job creation, linkages with local
industries, infrastructure development, and capacity building. However, the extent to which these
benefits actually accrue to host countries depends heavily on the policies of the host country and
the investor, the regulatory and legal framework governing their relationship, and the institutions
available to find mutually satisfactory outcomes for both parties. Nowhere are the stakes higher
than with extractive industries, where oil, gas and mining have sometimes been a springboard to
development and at other times a source of corruption, social degradation, and environmental
catastrophe. As the resources are non-renewable, countries have a one-shot opportunity
to transform the resource wealth into development.
This event will provide a basic knowledge of the transformative potential, benefits and risks of
the extractive-industry and the role of industry, governments and civil society. Participants will
have the opportunity to learn and interact with experts from Columbia University and Fundação
Getúlio Vargas to discuss the interlinkages of oil, gas and mining in Brazil and the U.S.
Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Since joining CCSI in 2008, she
established and now oversees CCSI’s robust research portfolio in its cross-cutting areas of
expertise, and has overseen advisory work in Chile, Guinea, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
Paraguay, Tanzania and Timor-Leste, among other countries. She teaches a masters seminar at Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs on
Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, and lectures at Externado University in
Colombia on International Investment Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
from Harvard University, and earned her Juris Doctor and a Masters degree in International
Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the
Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law.
PHD trained in Energetic Planning (engineering), with petroleum geopolitics emphasis, Master
degrees in Management Engineering and in International Finance. Two published books on
Petropolitics, and an affiliated professor of Oil Geopolitics in Brazilian Navy Officers University.
Professional experience in relevant companies, in Brazil and abroad, as Deloitte, Vale S.A., Gama
Filho University, Royal Shipping Services and Dickinson Maritime Agency. Skilled on business
plans design and construction, project financial viability studies and business valuation. Long
experience in strategic planning, merger and acquisition, business analysis, economic and
financial evaluation and competitive intelligence.