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.
UK-Brazil Conversa 2021
UK-Brazil Conversa 2021
Founded in 2014 by former UK Ambassador to Brazil, Alan Charlton CMG CVO, 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.
Conversa was established to help explore how to make more of the contacts and links between the two countries, and to encourage free-flowing and open conversations.
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UK-Brazil Conversa 2021
Words of welcome
from Alan Charlton; Founder of the Conversa; Trustee, Canning House
Keynote Speech 1
Hon. Ranil Jayawardena MP, Minister for International Trade, UK Government
Keynote Speech 2
Minister João Rossi, Junior Minister for International Trade, Brazilian Government
Collaboration between Brazil and the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond
In what ways have the UK and Brazil worked together during the pandemic?
How can the UK and Brazil build on the collaborative research relationship developed during the pandemic?
How has the pandemic changed UK-Brazilian relations?
What collaborative measures can be taken by the UK and Brazil to better protect the health of individuals and the economy in the future?
Former Latin America Editor, Financial Times
Dr Clare Wenham
Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, LSE
Dr Nelson Teich
Former Brazilian Minister of Health
Latin America & Caribbean Editor, BBC News
How can the UK and Brazil improve relations in bilateral trade and business?
What are the main obstacles to improving the business environment?
Where is the ‘low hanging fruit?’
What difference will an official trade deal such as an FTA make between the two countries?
Jonathan Knott CMG
HM Trade Commissioner, Latin America & Caribbean, DIT
Senior Fellow, European Centre for International Political Economy
Ana Paula Vitelli
President, UK Chamber of Commerce in Brazil
Professor of Economics, FGV
Latin America & Caribbean Business Specialist, DIT
Who should decide in our countries? The executive, legislature, or judiciary?
How do the three branches of government function in each country, in theory and in practice?
How can the UK and Brazil better ensure the separation of powers?
How has social media shaped democracy in each country?
What does the future hold for democracy in the digital age?
Marco Aurelio Ruediger
Director of Public Policy, FGV
Barrister & Arbitrator, Gatehouse Chambers
Federal Prosecutor & Former Brazilian Attorney General
Counsel, Hogan Lovells
Keynote Speech 3
Governor Eduardo Leite, State Governor of Rio Grande do Sul
Bilateral approaches to tackling inequality in the UK and Brazil
What progress has been made in tackling inequality?
What are the most common types of inequality seen in each country?
What can the UK and Brazil learn from each other with regard to fighting inequality?
Dr Rosana Pinheiro Machado
Lecturer, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath
Dr Ryan Centner
Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, London School of Economics
Dr Malu Gatto
Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics, University College London
Dr Amir Lebdioui
Canning House Research Fellow, London School of Economics Latin America & Caribbean Centre
Collaborative solutions to the clean energy transition in the UK and Brazil: COP26 and beyond
What common objectives are there for both countries in the clean energy transition?
What does each country hope to gain from COP26?
Where are the opportunities to work together on a green recovery?
Professor Anthony Pereira
Professor of Brazilian Studies, Kings’ College London Brazil Institute
H.E. Vijay Rangarajan
Director General, Americas & Overseas Territories, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Chief International Advisor, Ministry of Mines & Energy
Latin American Affairs Correspondent, Monocle
How can Brazil and the UK build back better and what are the key areas for cooperation?
At the political level, what does each country value about its relationship with the other, and where are there grounds for improvement?
What can be done to strengthen economies to make them more resilient and sustainable.
Beyond trade and business, what areas can the UK and Brazil cooperate closely on?
Laura Trajber Waisbich
Senior Researcher, Instituto Igarapé
Deputy Head of Mission in Brasilia, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Deputy Head, Brazilian Embassy in UK
Head, Brazil and Southern Cone Team, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Rapporteurs to give key findings from each panel
Way ahead for Conversa
Alan Charlton CMG CVO, Founder of the Conversa; Trustee, Canning House
Cristina Cortes, CEO, Canning House
Closing Keynote Address
Hon. Wendy Morton MP, Minister for European Neighbourhood & the Americas
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