Conference Call: Brazil’s Election Takes Shape

August 16, 2018 - 10:00 am

This call will be conducted using the application Zoom. Please see below instructions for how to connect. 

Latin America’s largest democracy officially kicks off one of its most consequential presidential contests on August 16. Over 14 candidates are vying for the presidency, with five standouts. How might the campaign take shape in the lead-up to the first round on October 7? 

Join us via conference call on the day that the campaign officially begins—Thursday, August 16—for a conversation from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. EDT, in partnership with the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), on what to look for during the campaign and how Brazil’s next president may tackle some of the key issues necessary for Brazil to enter a new era of growth and stability. 

For a preview of our conversation, keep an eye out for Ricardo Sennes’ Spotlight publication, to be launched on August 9, where he dissects the potential implications of political and economic reform, foreign direct investment, and security policies laid out by Jair Bolsonaro, Marina Silva, Ciro Gomes, Geraldo Alckmin, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as the PT nominee.
Ricardo Sennes
Nonresident Senior Brazil Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council;
Prospectiva Consulting

Roberto Teixeira da Costa
Member, Board of Trustees
Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

Henrique Rzezinski
Member, Board of Trustees
Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

Roberta Braga (Moderator)
Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

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Ricardo Ubiraci Sennes, an Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center nonresident senior fellow, is a partner director at Prospectiva, a consulting firm on public policies and international business. He is a political commentator at TV Cultura newscast (Brazil) and Exame newspaper online version (Brazil). A Brazil native, Sennes has been engaged in projects related to South America regional integration; energy and infrastructural market and regulation; the aerospace and defense industry; international trade; and political and economic developments in Brazil and throughout Latin America. Sennes is an editorial member of Foreign Affairs Latin America (US – Mexico), of the Política Externa Journal (Brazil), and a member of the Strategic Studies Council of the São Paulo State Industry Federation (FIESP).

Roberto Teixeira da Costa is a member of CEBRI’s Board of Trustees and president of the Market Arbitration Chamber at B3 exchange (formerly BM&FBovespa). He was previously a member of SulAmérica’s Board of Directors, where he had a seat in four different committees. He was founder and first president of the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), and the first venture capital and private equity management in Brazil at Brasilpar. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and of the Dom Cabral Foundation International Advisory Council, and is on the boards of Paraty International Literary Festival (FLIP), and the Brazilian Sculpture and Ecology Museum (MUBE). He was a founder of Prospectiva government consulting, and a trustee of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation. He was previously a member of the Board of BNDESPar and served as international president for the Latin America Business Council (CEAL). He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the National School of Economic Sciences.

Henrique Rzezinkski is a member of CEBRI’s Board of Trustees. He was previously director for institutional relations at ENEVA, vice president of policy and corporate affairs at BG Brazil, senior vice president of external relations at Embraer, and government affairs director at Xerox Brazil. He served as president of the Brazilian Association of Information Technology Industry (APRIMESC), co-chair of the Brazil-US Business Council, and president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Rio de Janeiro. He started his career at the Brazilian National Housing Bank.