Brazil's Reforms & the Future of the Middle Class

Keynote Speaker
Henrique Meirelles
Minister of Finance
Government of Brazil
Ricardo Sennes
Prospectiva Consultancy 
Nonresident Senior Brazil Fellow,
Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center 

Atlantic Council

Dan Bryant
Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs

Welcome Remarks
Peter Schechter
Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
and Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

Jason Marczak
Director, Latin America Economic Growth Initiative
Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Atlantic Council

With bold economic and structural reforms, Brazil is trying to turn the page on the largest recession of its history and position itself on a positive trajectory again. At the center of it all is the country's middle class, which after decades of social gains suffered big losses with the crisis is gearing up for impending changes in the country's economic model.

Now, the country asks itself the question that continues to plague many global powers: how can it transition to a leaner and more open state while maintaining the conquests of a better educated and increasingly active population? What are the investments needed to prepare its middle class for a more uncertain and flexible future?

Join us on Thursday, April 20 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EDT) for a discussion about the way forward with Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Brazil Fellow Ricardo Sennes, and Walmart's Enrique Ostale, who will offer the view from the private sector. 

For or more information visit or follow us on Twitter @ACLatAm and @ACGBE and on Facebook. #ACBrazil

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

About the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center 
Launched in October 2013, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center is dedicated to broadening awareness of the transformational political, economic, and social changes throughout Latin America.  The Center is focused on bringing in new political, corporate, civil society, and academic leaders to develop new ideas and innovative policy recommendations that highlight the region's potential as a strategic and economic partner for Europe, the United States, and beyond.
About the Global Business & Economics Program
The Global Business & Economics Program works to build upon and strengthen the already deep economic integration between Europe and the United States as well as promote transatlantic leadership in the global economy. Bringing together top business leaders, government policy makers, and economic experts, the program explores transatlantic and global issues of importance to the US and European business community. Our aim is to identify areas for cooperation as well as convergence in policy in an effort to promote an open and mutually beneficial environment for transatlantic business and trade.