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. This year's Conversa will take place in São Paulo, Brazil.
- São Paulo, Brazil.
- 1st - 2nd February
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 in São Paulo, Brazil.
FRIDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
Reception at residence of UK Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean and Consul General São Paulo, Joanna Crellin
SATURDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
Registration and coffee
Welcome from Founder Alan Charlton
The Situation in UK
Mark Prisk MP, UK Trade Envoy for Brazil
The Situation in Brazil
Rubens Ricupero, Director of the Faculty Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP)
Session 1: Who decides in our countries – the political system or the legal system?
Chair: Michael Reid, The Economist
Speaker Brazil: Ellen Gracie Northfleet
Speaker UK: Guilherme Brafman, Chair, Supervisory Board of Brazil Institute, King’s College.
Rapporteur: Frederico Singarajah
Session 2: Defence, Security and Technology: What are our priorities? Can we afford them? What are the roles of Government and private sector?
Chair: Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security
Speakers Brazil: Jose Mariano Beltrame; Antonio Ramalho, Associate Professor of Institute of International Relations at the University of Brasilia
Speakers UK: Captain Kevin Fleming; Marco Caffe, General Manager BAE Systems Brazil
Rapporteur: Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, Senior Lecturer for Brazilian Studies at Brazil Institute and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London
Session 3:What priority should we give global and local issues of environmental pollution?
Chair: Anthony Pereira, Professor and Director of the Brazil Institute at King’s College London
Speaker Brazil: Izabella Teixeira
Speaker UK: Alan Charlton
Rapporteur: Nigel Baker, Head of Latin America Department at the FCO, former UK Ambassador to Bolivia and the Holy See
Session 4: A UK-Brazil Trade and Co-operation Agreement?
Chair: Richard Lapper
Speaker Brazil: Itamaraty
Speaker UK: Mark Prisk MP
Rapporteur: Joanna Crellin
11.00 - 12.30
Session 5: Education, Science and Innovation: What can Brazil and UK do together?
Chair: Glaucius Oliveira, Senior Professor of Physics at the University of São Paulo
Speaker Brazil: Carlos Brito Cruz
Speaker UK: Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi)
Rapporteur: Fernando Da Cruz Vasconcellos,
11.00 - 12.30
Session 6: Are people, businesses, governments ready for the next technological revolution?
Chair: Rubens Barbosa, Former Brazilian Ambassador to the UK and US
Speaker Brazil: Damian Popolo, Former Brazilian Ambassador to the UK and US
Speaker UK: John Everard, Former Brazilian Ambassador to the UK and US
Rapporteur: Graham Tidey
11.00 - 12.30
Lunch at Transamerica Hotel
Session 7: Economy: Can we achieve both prosperity and social justice in our countries?
Chair: John Paul Rathbone
Speaker Brazil: Luciano Coutinho, Professor of Economics at University of Campinas
Speaker UK: Lucinda Elliott, Brazil based correspondent for The Times
Rapporteur: Simon Wood, Her Majesty Consul, British Consulate-General in Rio de Janeiro
Session 8: The future of foreign policy in Brazil and UK: change or more of the same?
Chair: Leslie Bethell, Emeritus Professor of Latin American History, University of London
Speaker Brazil: Rubens Barbosa, Former Brazilian Ambassador to the UK and US
Speaker UK: Vijay Rangarajan, UK Ambassador to Brazil
Rapporteur: Marcus Freitas,
Session 9: Participation/Representation: should the people have more say in government decisions? If so, how?
Chair: Cristina Cortes, CEO of Canning House
Speaker Brazil: Isabel Fleck, Journalist for Folha de Sao Paulo
Speaker UK: Francisco Itzaina, Consultant, Principal at Stuart Simon Itzaina (Brazil/Uruguay)
Rapporteur: Pierre Coudry
Session 10 - All Participants
Identifying key areas for Brazil/UK Co-operation (Rapporteurs from sessions 1-6 each have two minutes)
Chairs: Rubens Ricupero, Mark Prisk, Alan Charlton
15.30 - 16.30
Closing Remarks and the Road to Conversa 5
16.30 - 16.45
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