Agenda 2019

1st day: challenges for growth

22/03/2019 - Friday

9:30 - 10:40



10:40 - 10:50

Message from the organizing comittee

10:50 - 11:00

Opening speech: Martin Boehm (IE Business School Dean) and Renato Janine (Brazil's Former Minister of Education).

11:00 - 11:50

Presentation: 100 days of new President.

Speaker: Renato Janine (Brazil's Former Minister of Education)
Topic: An impartial analysis about economy, politics and social development of the first 100 days from Bolsonaro's office.

11:50 - 13:00



13:00 - 14:30

Round Table: Politics
Topic: Trust renewal and the challenge to implement the necessary reforms.

Rebuild investor's trust is one of the most important expectations from the government. The market needs to believe the country is heading to a new cycle of growth and stability. As a condition to that, the first step into this future is to implement the long-waited reforms in order to boost Brazilian's development.

14:40 - 15:50

Panel: “Brazilian Cost”
Topic: Infrastructure and the bottlenecks for the economic development (seaports, highways, railways, fees, taxes, etc.).

The development of an efficient infrastructure is one of the most important challenges for the country. For a solid and sustainable economic growth, public and private sectors should invest more efficiently and in larger scale to surpass this gap. The lack of infrastructure in Brazil make the whole productive chain more expensive and harm Brazilian international competitivity, impacting the wealth of the whole society.

15:50 - 16:15

Keynote Speaker: Márcio Anselmo (Brazilian Federal Police Deputy and General Coordinator of the Repression to Corruption and Money Laudering Department of the Federal Police)

Topic: the potential impact of the anti-crime package in the fight againsn corruption

Corruption and organized crime are public problems that have a prominent position in the new government agenda. For this reason, there are great expectations around the content of the "anti-crime package": the bill sent to the Brazilian congress, as an initiative of the Department of Justice, which proposes a number of reforms in the legislation aiming that sort of crime.

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:40

Panel: Scientific production and technological development in Brazil
Topic: The barriers for scientific production and knowledge generation.

Brazil has conditions to offer a prolific environment for sustainable economic development – continental territory, young and growing consumer market, natural resources, institutional stability and academic institutions of prestige. However, investments in R&D are very low when compared to international standards of more developed economies. Aside from timid investments, academic papers are steered to scientific journals with low international impact, no synergy with the business world, and no connection with the real demands from the society. On top of this, Universities fall in a situation in which they need to absorb most
scientists back after graduation, because they do not find spots in the private sector.

17:50 - 19:00

Panel: Challenges for managers in the digital era
Topic: Digital transformation, as machines get more independent every day, brings deep cultural
changes and demands new models of management and business.

After steam, electricity and automation, now it comes the Big Data. At the moment, we are under a transition from the third to the fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. It means that leaders should prepare a new workforce and support the development of new models of academical instruction to work with machines more capable, connected and smart. In this sense, it does not represent a men vs machine scenario, but more accurate, men and machine working together in the same work environment. At this context, this panel will discuss how to get people and organization prepared for this new reality. Still, it will bring the debate of the real role of leaders and organizations at this stage and how to keep the human side of life in a world more and more digital.

19:10 - 20:20

Panel: Social media and the development of society.
Topic: How social media influencers can help to guide society to a better context. What's the role of social media platform on the current scenario?

How digital influencers can affect people and change their opinions? This panel will debate the potential of digital influencers on shaping people's minds, its importance, and consequences.

20:30 - 20:40

Closing of first day

20:40 - 21:40


2nd day: opportunities for wealth creation

23/03/2019 - Saturday

9:30 - 10:40



10:40 - 11:10

Presentation: Federal Deputy André Ricardo Fontes (Deputy of the 2nd Region Federal Court)

Topic: The Fight against corruption and restoration of Legal Institutions.


11:20 - 12:30

Panel: PPPs, Concessions, Auctions
Topic: Brazil: Opening to the world.

What are the policies that will effectively incentivize domestic and foreign companies to invest in Brazil? Considering the opportunities at oil & gas, energy generation and distribution, PPPs (highways, harbors, prisons, etc.). How should be the social economic recovering plan for Brazil and its privatization policies?

12:30 - 13:50


13:50 - 15:00

Round Table: Entrepreneurship and inclusive markets
Topic: How Hubs, Incubators, VC and Angel investors, can contribute with the startup
movements and what are the opportunities to develop inclusive businesses and social business models as examples of success initiatives.

Businesses developed by small companies and startups find solutions for previously neglected problems and are able to respond for demands of the society, complementing and qualifying the services offered by the public and private sectors. A better organization of this new way of doing business, if organized and widespread, might be an interesting alternative to retake the economic growth and social development.


15:10 - 16:20

Panel: Agrobusiness
Topic: The engine that pushes the country forward.

Huge sectors of Brazilian economy as agrobusiness can contribute economically aligned with the environmental agenda. High technology to increase productivity, deforestation, and possible conflicts on the fields, are challenges that need to be surpassed. furthermore, initiatives like the new agricultural frontier (Matopiba) challenge the sector to generate more
wealth and socioeconomic progress.

16:30 - 17:00

Keynote Speaker: Jean Wyllys (Former Federal Congressman; Journalist and Professor).

Topic: The (un)protection of minorities in Brazil's public agenda – what is behind the debate around the criminalization of homofobia?

The beginning of Brazil's 2019 judiciary year intensified the expectations and tensions around the criminalization of homofobia. Given the legislative omission of the Congress, entities demanded the Supreme Court to include the LGBT minority group - through a judicial interpretation - in the concept of "social race", allowing the punishment of their aggressors for racism crime, which sentence – non-bailable and imprescriptible – varies from one to five years of incarceration. Although the typification of crimes competes exclusively to the judiciary, four ministers of the Supreme Court already voted in favor of the criminalization of homofobia and signaled a new episode of judicialization of politics in the formulation of Brazil`s public agenda.

17:00 - 17:20

Coffee break

17:20 - 18:30

Panel: Infrastructure
Topic: Growth resumption, challenging projects and the development of an open market for the foreign investor.

After the worst economic period faced by the country, Brazilians now have the possibility to implement important reforms that can rewarm the sector. On top of this, the innovative processes, the opportunities that infrastructure companies are envisioning in Brazil, and the investment perspectives in new segments, could leverage a higher level of hiring at the heaving construction sites.

18:40 - 19:50

Panel: Women as leverages of the economic growth
Topic: The representation of female leaders as a foundation of the national growth.

Women have central roles in many important countries and organizations in the world, such as Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Marissa Mayer, CEO at Yahoo. Nevertheless, in Brazil, women occupy just 37% of the management and executive roles (IBGE 2017). This panel will be an opportunity of debate on how economic growth can be leverage by gender equality.

20:00 - 20:20

Final Statements: Pompeu Andreucci Neto Ambassador of Brazil in the Kingdom of Spain
Topic: Brazil-Spain relationship.

20:30 - 20:40

Closing: A brief message from the organizing comittee.

20:40 - 22:00


22:00 - 04:00

Closing party - IE Brazil Club and FORO BRASIL ESPAÑA.


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