The UK-Brazil Conversa is a dialogue between policy makers and influencers, business leaders, academics, diplomats and governments, to help build closer relations and contacts between Brazil and the UK. The event will take place at the University of Cambridge.
Founded in 2014 by former UK Ambassador to Brazil, Alan Charlton, the Conversa is an annual forum for influential people from a variety of backgrounds – business, government, diplomacy, academia, think-tanks – to discuss key issues relating to UK-Brazilian relations.
Alternating between the UK and Brazil, it was established to help explore how to make more of the contacts and links between the two countries. In order to encourage free-flowing and open conversations, discussion groups are small and sessions are held under the Chatham House rule.
The event will take place at King's College, University of Cambridge.
FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2014
Delegates arrive in the afternoon, having arranged their own transport. The delegates will stay at the City Hotel and Downing College
Depart from Hotel and Downing College to King’s College
Reception in King’s College Chapel and on lawn outside
19.15 - 20.00
Dinner in the Great Hall of King’s College Cambridge.
End of dinner
SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2014
Depart from City Hotel and Downing College, by bus to the Moller Centre
Session 1: Infrastructure for the 21st century:Llining Up Government, Business and Finance
Chairman: Chris Bryant MP
Speaker UK: Nick Hurd MP
Speaker Brazil: Luciano Coutinho
Rapporteur: Ed Hudson, EY
9.30 - 11.00
Session 2: Education, Science and Innovation: Can we Match the US and Asia?
Chairman: Sir Tim O’Shea, Principal Edinburgh University
Speaker UK: Chris Dobson, Master St John’s College Cambridge
Speaker Brazil: Glaucius Oliva, CNPq
Rapporteur: Vivienne Stern, Universities UK
9.30 - 11.00
Session 3: Better Together? What do we want from Regional and International Organisations?
Chairman: Kenneth Clarke MP
Speaker UK: Alex Ellis, British Ambassador
Speaker Brazil: Roberto Jaguaribe, Brazilian Ambassador
Rapporteur: Rob Macaire, BG Group
9.30 - 11.00
Session 4: Stopping the Blackouts: Meeting our Energy Needs
Chairman: Michael Reid, Economist
Speaker UK: Phil New, BP
Speaker Brazil: Adriana Machado, GE
Rapporteur: Carole Sweeney, UKTI
Session 5: Can we make our cities better?
Chairman: Sir David Wootton, Allen & Overy
Speakers UK: Sir Paul Judge; Dan Epstein
Speaker Brazil: Mario Garnero, Forum Americas
Rapporteur: Joao Marcos Senise Paes Leme, Brazilian Embassy
Session 6: Defence and Aerospace: Do we need Bigger and Better?
Chairman: Francisco Itzaina, Rolls Royce
Speaker UK: Martin Bennett, BAESystems
Speaker Brazil: Mauro Kern, EMBRAER
Rapporteur: Martin Raven, Former Consul-General Sao Paulo
Session 7: Health, Food and Lifestyle: Giving People What They Want and Need
Chairman: Sir Mark Walport, British Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Speaker UK: Rogerio Ribeiro, GSK
Speaker Brazil: Sergio Rial, Marfrig
Rapporteur: Archie Young, FCO
Session 8: Can the Establishment Work With Today’s Wired Youth?
Chairman: Kenneth Maxwell
Speaker UK: Hugh Elliott, FCO
Speaker Brazil: Ricardo Pellegrini, IBM (requested)
Rapporteur: Lorraine de Matos, Cultura Inglesa
Delegates depart to the Hotel and Downing College
Depart by bus from Hotel and Downing College to Newmarket
Drinks Reception in the Morning Room and on the terrace of The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket
19.30 - 20.15
Dinner in the Coffee Room of The Jockey Club Rooms
Return to the Hotel and Downing College
SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
Reports from the Rapporteurs on the Saturday sessions, chaired by Roberto Jaguaribe and Alex Ellis. Discussion.
Closing session, chaired by Luciano Coutinho, Kenneth Clarke and Alan Charlton: The way ahead for the Conversa.
09.30 - 12.00
Reception and a light lunch
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