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Brazil Institute Advisory Council

The Brazil Institute's Advisory Council includes former ambassadors and other high-level officials, noted scholars recognized for their contribution to bilateral understanding, and leading U.S. and Brazilian enterprises. Contributions from Advisory Council members ensure that we can continue to support Brazilian scholarship and promote key bilateral issues in the United States and Brazil.

Advisory Council Members 2020

Corporate Circle

Donna Hrinak

Ambassador Donna Hrinak

Advisory Council Member;
President, Boeing Latin America
Tyler Kruzich

Tyler Kruzich

Advisory Board Member;
Western Hemisphere Director, International Government Affairs, Chevron
Joel Velasco

Joel Velasco

Advisory Council Member
Valdenice Minatel

Dr. Valdenice Minatel

Advisory Council Member;
Director-General of Pedagogy, Colégio Dante Alighieri
Elizabeth de Carvalhaes

Elizabeth de Carvalhaes

Advisory Council Member;
Executive-President, INTERFARMA

About our Corporate Members

  • The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Institute breaks down barriers between public, private, and nonprofit sectors to identify common problems and engage technology experts to find a path forward. The Institute identifies strategies and pilot projects that can solve specific challenges, builds partnerships between and across organizations, rapidly prototypes new approaches, and shares best practices among similar organizations.

  • Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. In 2019, Boeing and Embraer initiated a joint venture made up of the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer. Boeing will own 80 percent of the new company, to be named Boeing Brasil – Commercial. 

  • BTG Pactual is an innovative global financial company operating in the Investment Banking, Corporate Lending, Sales & Trading, Wealth Management and Asset Management markets. In the years since its founding, BTG Pactual has grown into the largest investment bank in Latin America.

  • Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies producing safe, reliable energy now and for the future. The company's success is driven by its people and their commitment to getting results the right way: by operating responsibly, executing with excellence, applying innovative technologies and capturing new opportunities for profitable growth.

  • The Colégio Dante Alighieri's one hundred years in São Paulo bear witness to the fulfillment of its founders’ ideals: to bring together two cultures—that of the homeland left behind, Italy, and that of the adopted country, Brazil; to preserve ethical and educational values; to seek knowledge; to promote civic values and respect; to encourage friendship and transform into reality the humanist spirit of its namesake, Dante Alighieri.

  • Interfarma, the Association for Pharmaceutical Industry Research, is a nonprofit organization that represents businesses and researchers, both in Brazil and abroad, who are responsible for Brazilian innovation in health. Its members, which include national and international laboratories, universities, researchers, institutions, and private individuals, seek to use innovation to promote development in scientific research and the production of pharmaceutical goods, raw materials, medications, and other products to serve the cause of human well-being.

  • UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company headquartered in the United States. A leader worldwide, UnitedHealth Group is committed to introducing innovative approaches, products and services that can improve personal health and promote healthier populations in local communities. The company's core capabilities lie in clinical expertise, advanced technology and data and health information. 

Membership in the Advisory Council enables your organization to be an active participant in the ongoing dialogue between Brazil and the United States, and provides access to a marketplace of ideas where we convene the brightest minds to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the policy community. 

To learn more about the Brazil Institute or to join the Advisory Council, please contact Anna Prusa at 202-691-4147 or

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