SIPA seeks to widen research, teaching, and engagement on Brazil.  We invite scholars, practitioners, and social entrepreneurs to participate in activities related to Brazil, support student-led projects, and seek to expand SIPA’s related academic infrastructure. Below please find examples of past and ongoing participants in this Initiative.
 

Faculty experts

Ronaldo Lemos
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar of International and Public Affairs

Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian academic, lawyer, and commentator on intellectual property, technology, and culture. Lemos is a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (itsrio.org), and professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University´s law school. He is a board member of various organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation, and Access Now. Lemos was one of the creators of Brazil’s Internet Law (Marco Civil da Internet), enacted in April 2014, creating a comprehensive set of rights for the internet in Brazil, including freedom of speech, privacy, and net neutrality. Lemos' academic qualifications include a J.D., University of Sao Paulo Law School, a Master of Laws degree, Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Laws degree, University of Sao Paulo.

Lemos has led Workshop sessions from 2019-2021, has advised students, including SIPA Challenge Grant Tech2Protect team members, and previously taught a SIPA course on Tech Policy in the Developing World: Data Governance.

Marcelo Medeiros
Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Marcelo Medeiros studies social inequality. He has training in Economics and Sociology. He currently is visiting professor at Columbia University. He was a researcher at Ipea, a professor at the University of Brasilia, and taught once a year at UNSAM - Buenos Aires. Marcelo was also a researcher at the International Poverty Centre - UNDP served as a policy expert at the Brazilian Audit Court (TCU) and as an adviser for the Brazilian National Science Council (CNPq). He held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the Yale Law School - New Haven, University of California, Berkeley, Sophia University - Tokyo, CNRS - Cermes3 - Paris, the Institute for Human Development - Delhi, Indira Gandhi Institute - Mumbai, and CSC - Cambridge University. Prof. Medeiros won the Fred L. Soper Award of the World Health Organization for best study in public health, 2012, the National Treasure Prize for studies in Public Sector Economics 2012 (3rd place), the Anpocs prize for best Brazilian Ph.D. Dissertation in Social Sciences 2003, a Senate Medal for studies in development in 2000, and an award for best study by undergraduate students at the 1993 Eneco. Prof. Medeiros has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in the areas of social inequality and mobility, demography, health, education, poverty, development theory, and disability and social protection. He is a member of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science.

Medeiros will teach a Spring 2022 SIPA course, participate in workshops, events and seminars, as well as pursue his research on inequality and Latin America.

Miguel Lago
Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (Part-time)

Miguel Lago is the co-founder and president-director of Nossas. Nossas is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works as a system of civic mobilization infrastructures and a laboratory for activism and civic engagement.  Miguel developed and teaches the course Social Innovation, Technology and Public Policy in the Global South at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches a class on technology and democracy. His research interests include public policy, technology, participatory politics, and citizen-led city development. He holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration, both from Sciences Po Paris.

Lago led a 2019 Workshop session on Law, Innovation, and Civic Engagement and teaches a SIPA course on Social Innovation, Technology, and Public Policy in the Global South.

 

Guest experts


Thiago Camargo, CEO of Movimento Brasil Digital and SIPA Alumnae, MPA ’16, participated in a 2020 Workshop session on designing and launching projects and organizations to achieve measurable social impact.

Patricia Ellen de Silva, Secretary of Development, Science and Technology of the State of Sao Paulo, participated in a 2019 Workshop on Innovation in Health Services and Technology and a 2020 Workshop session on designing and launching projects and organizations to achieve measurable social impact.  

Hussein Kalout, Political Scientist and Research Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University and at Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies, participated in a 2020 Workshop session on designing and launching projects and organizations to achieve measurable social impact.

Isabella Marinho, an expert in environmental policy and former consultant for the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, presented at a 2021 Workshop session on Data and Development.

Alessandra Orofino, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Nossas, participated in a 2020 Workshop session.

Alexandre Schneider, President of the Instituto Singularidades and former Associate Research Scholar in the Institute of Latin American Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs participated in a 2020 Workshop session.

Ilona Szabó, Associate Research Scholar in the Institute of Latin American Studies, participated in a 2020 Workshop session.

Guilherme Wisnik, Professor at the University of Sao Paulo's School of Architecture and Urbanism, led a 2019 Workshop session on Urbanism, Innovation, and Social Change.