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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 2021

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. 

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Corporate Circle

Ryan Hill

Director, International Government Affairs, Amgen
Valdenice Minatel

Dr. Valdenice Minatel

Advisory Council Member;
Director-General of Pedagogy, Colégio Dante Alighieri
Ana Janaina Nelson

Ana Janaina Nelson

Global Fellow;
Latin America Lead, Amazon Web Services Institute 
Joel Velasco

Joel Velasco

Advisory Council Member;
Senior Vice President of International Relations & Head of Latin America, UnitedHealth Group

About our Corporate Members

  • Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology innovator since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Having spent seven years of my professional life in Brazil, I am committed to the U.S.-Brazil relationship, but I also believe deeply in the importance of Brazil as one of the most dynamic and interesting democracies in the world. 

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Co-Chair of the Brazil Institute Advisory Council; and former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

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