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    Fernanda De Negri

    Research leader at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She was visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015 and 2017 and at Harvard University in 2017. She has always been interested on the effects of science and new technologies on the economy, business competitiveness and productivity. In the public sector, she held positions related to public policies for productivity and science and technology: she was economic adviser to the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (2008) and head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2010-2012). She was also director (2012-2017) and deputy director (2009-2010) of Ipea. She is the author of several articles and books and received the BNDES economics award for her dissertation on the commercial performance of foreign companies in Brazil. In 2014, the book she organized on Productivity in Brazil was finalist of one of the most prestigious literature prizes in country: the Jabuti Prize. She believes in the transformative power of knowledge and she would like to investigate how we can accelerate the diffusion of technologies to improve people's well-being and their relationship to the environment.


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    Pedro Miranda

    Economist, he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Campinas (2014) and a Master's degree (2003) and a Bachelor’s degree (1999) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is a researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and has been working on industrial and technology policy. He is currently engaged in a project on “Social environmental Innovation”, which main goal is to characterize the investment profile in Brazil. His research agenda also includes topics on trade policy, such as tariffs and evaluation of free trade agreements impacts. He is a researcher at Ipea since 2004 and taught Microeconomics and International Trade at the Faculty of Economics of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).

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    Graziela Zucoloto

    Researcher, bachelor of economics at Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade at Universidade de São Paulo (FEA/USP) - Ribeirão Preto, with a Master's degree from FEA/USP and Doctor in Economic from Instituto de Economia at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IE/UFRJ). Since the master's degree, her research involves indicators and policies of technological innovation, especially industrial property rights and transnational corporations and, more recently, social technologies and their social impacts. In addition to the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), she worked at the Industrial and Technological Policy Board of the Technological Research Institute (IPT) and at the Ministry of Science and Technology, which currently includes the Communications. She has always had a strong concern with inequality and with marginalized groups, and currently her research aim to combine ​​innovation and socioeconomic issues. Current projects analyse how new technologies, including social innovations, can solve societal challenges, especially for lower income segments. In short, how can technologies go beyond competitiveness, also promoting reduction of inequalities and increase of well-being?


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    Priscila Koeller

    Holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Since her Master's degree, she has been working at Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) matters. After attending the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management and the Ministry of Science and Technology, she held her PhD (2005-2009), where she had attended the Globelics Academy (2006). In 2009-2010, she was adviser to Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Also in 2010, she had worked at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), where she was head of the Coordination of Methodology of Business Statistics, Business Registers and Classifications (2013-2016). Since 2016, she has been a researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), working on the evaluation of STI policies and being responsible for monitoring and evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. At the Centre for Science, Technology and Society, she has been working on the research project 'Social environmental Innovation' and has as main research object to understand how environmental innovations of companies can leverage economic growth / development.

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    Tulio Chiarini

    Holds a BA degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), a MPhil in Economics (Economic Development major) from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), MPhil in Management, Innovation and Service Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) and a PhD in Economics (Economic Theory major) from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). He developed a post-doctoral research at Istituto di Ricerche sulla Popolazione e le Politiche Sociali (IRPPS) from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in Italy. He was a lecturer at Universidade Federal de Itajubá (UNIFEI) and collaborated at Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia (INT), being the chief of Strategy Division (Divisão de Estratégia, DIEST). He has been studying the complex relationships between technological progress and socioeconomic transformations, publishing several studies related to science, technology and innovation.

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    Daniel Colombo

    PhD in Economics at the School of Economics, Business and Accounting of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and Master in Law at the Law School of USP. Researcher at the Directorate of Studies and Policies on Economic Sectors, Innovation, Regulation and Infrastructure at IPEA; and Professor of the Master’s Program in Economics at the Federal University of Goiás. Worked in different positions of the Brazilian federal government, including: (i) Sub-secretary of Productive Development and Sustainability Policies of the Civil House (2023); (iii) Special Advisor to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (2012-2014); (ii) Advisor to the Office of Institutional Relations of the President’s Office (2011-2012); Manager of MBA courses at the National School of Public Administration (2009-2011).


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    Adriano Mourthé

    Holds a Master's degree in Informatics from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Unirio), with specialization in Machine Learning and Recommender Systems. Fellow at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and member of the Think Tank DBEM-Data Science for Social Welfare at Unirio. He has more than 6 years of experience in Data Science and Analytics in the global oil industry, having worked as a senior data scientist in Brazil, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

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    Carlos Eduardo Mello

    Visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Informatics, Center of Exact Sciences and Technology at the Federal University of the state of Rio de Janeiro – UNIRIO. In 2013, he received his PhD degree in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from both the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE) at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and École Central Paris, with dissertation topic in Machine Learning. Since 2017, he has been acting as a full member of the Graduate Program in Computer Science at UNIRIO, being advisor of master and doctorate students, as well as, coordinator and collaborator in different research projects. His research interests lies in Methodologies for Applied Data Science and Data Analytics for Social Good and Welfare, namely in the design of methodologies for data-driven solutions to pursue real-world challenges. Prof. Mello is the leader of DBEM – the Data Science for Social Welfare group, whose mission is to democratize Data Science in order to stimulate initiatives of solutions for challenges associated with social welfare and public interest.
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    Francisco Levy

    Undergraduated in Economics at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). He has been part of the Tutorial Education Program (PET) of the Economy at UFF since 2021, carrying out research, extension and teaching activities.

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    Larissa Pereira

    Graduate in Economics by University of the State of the Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and currently holds a scholarship in Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) in the "Socio-environmental Innovation" project. She concerned with the impact of technological advances on the most vulnerable portions of society and how these can be used to promote economic inclusion of these portions, within this perspective, is interested with issues connect economic development, innovation and social impact. Her questioning at the Center for Research in Science, Technology and Society is: How can technological advances be used for promote socioeconomic development, resulting improvement in people's quality of life and the promotion of social equity?


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    Leonardo Szigethy

    Undergraduated in Environmental Management at Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ) and currently holds a scholarship in Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) in “New Technologies and Infrastructure” project. He was an intern at the Research Network on Local Productive and Innovative Arrangements and Systems (REDESIST) and at IPEA. He is interested in the advances and contributions of Science, Technology and Innovation to Sustainability.


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    Rodrigo Andrade

    Holds a Bachelors degree in Social Communication from Anhembi Morumbi University, a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in History of Science, both from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Already wrote for some of the worlds most prestigious science publications, such as Nature, The BMJ, and SciDev.Net, a London-based portal on science and technology for the developing world.

Former Members

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    André Tortato Rauen

    Holds a BA in economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), a Ph.D. in Scientific and Technological Policy from University of Campinas (Unicamp) and a postdoctoral internship at Columbia University (EUA). He was a researcher at National Institute of Metrology, Quality, and Technology (INMETRO), a technologist and undersecretary at Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) as well as a consultant for innovation policies at The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He is currently the coordinator of studies on firm growth strategies at Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea). He has more than a dozen indexed articles in the area of innovation policies, public procurement for innovation and technological procurement and published the first
    book on demand-side innovation policies in Brazil.

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    Daniela Uziel

    Graduated in Medicine in 1995 and followed a career in basic science. She got a Master (1997) and a PhD (2001) degree from the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ), after a two years period at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - INSERM (France) and Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany). In 2002, she got a permanent position at the Institute of Biomedical Science at UFRJ and became a professor of Gross Anatomy (undergraduate courses) and Neuroscience (graduate programs), doing also research in Developmental Neuroscience. In 2015, as a shift in the career she decided to undergo a new PhD in Public Policy, Strategy and Development at the Institute of Economics (UFRJ), studying the employment market of the Health Industrial Economic Complex. In the Center of Science, Technology and Society (IPEA), her main subject of interest is to understand the impacts of knowledge and technology on Health in such a
    “diverse Brazil”.

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    Flavio Lobo

    Bachelor of Social Communication from the Cásper Líbero College, holds a master's degree in Communication and Semiotics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), has experience in journalistic coverage in the areas of science, technology, education, health, and environment, working in several vehicles of the Brazilian media. Author and editor of reports, interviews, articles, publications and editorial and audiovisual projects in these same areas of research and knowledge, he also works for causes related to the social impacts of science and technology (such as the cause of the alignment of drug policies with scientific evidence).

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    Jaqueline Coelho Visentin

    PhD in Economics from the University of São Paulo (USP), she was a fellow at CNPq and the Foundation Institute of Economic Research (Fipe), member of the Regional and Urban Economics Lab at USP (NEREUS) and the Brazilian Network for Research on Global Climate Change (Clima Network). Master in Economic Theory from State University of São Paulo (UNESP), she was a fellow at Capes. Economist from the State University of Maringá (UEM). She is a consultant for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN / DESA) in the project “Natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services”, integrating the team responsible for the construction of Environmental Economic Accounts in Brazil for water and ecosystem, and in the project “Input-output modeling, combining monetary and physical information on water production and use”, in partnership with the National Water Agency (ANA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Researcher in the project “New technologies applied to water resources” in partnership with IPEA. She was a consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the project “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Conservation of Biodiversity through the Integration of Ecosystem Services in Public Policies and Business Performance (Regional-local)”, integrating the team responsible for building the Brazilian Environmental Economic Accounts for water, forests and energy. Main lines of research: applied economics, regional economics, environmental economics, water resources and input-output analysis.

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    Luis Carlos Hernandez

    Civil Engineer graduated from the National University of Colombia, in Medellín (2010), Master in Environmental Technology and Water Resources by Faculty of Technology of the University of Brasilia (UnB) where actually is PhD candidate. In 2013, he worked on the Basic Sanitation Diagnosis of Integrated Development Regions in Brazil. He has lectured in Civil and Environmental Engineering courses in the Water Resources area, in the UnB and other higher education institutions in Brasilia. Since his Master studies, he has focused in the Climate and Water Resources relationship using Time Series Analysis and Machine Learning, in order to assist water resources management and hydroelectric generation in Brazil. Currently, uses hydro-climatic models, statistics-based, for inflow forecasting, in regions with low water availability and climate influence, such as Northeast of Brazil. In the IPEA’s Science, Technology and Society Research Center his major question is: can the scientific and technological advance
    mitigate the socio-environmental impacts resulting from regional and global climate change?

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    Ricardo Alves de Brito

    Economist, undergraduated in economics at Federal Universityof Pernambuco (UFPE), graduated in economics at PIMES/UFPE and has a doctorate in applied economics from ESALQ/USP. He worked in different areas such as Information Economics, Environmental Economics and Agricultural economics. Worked at CEPEA/USP with time series models for prediction of milk prices and causality tests, in addition to estimating almost ideal demand systems (AIDS). He has an interest in the are as of Education Economics, Environmental Economics and Information economics. He aims to understand the interrelationship between these three are as of study and how the variables analyzed by the same influence growth and economic development.

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    Samuel Antenor

    Journalist, bachelor of Social Communication from the Cásper Líbero College and a postgraduate degree in Science Journalism from the Laboratory of Advanced Studies on Journalism (Labjor) of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). Master’s in Scientific and Cultural Communication by the Institute of Language Studies (IEL/Unicamp), he is experienced in Communication, with emphasis on Science Journalism, in S&T, Environment, Health and Education. He was Director of the Technical-Scientific Support Center of the Health Institute of the State Health Secretariat of São Paulo, editor of the Instituto de Saúde Bulletin (BIS), technical advisor of the Communication and Information Commission of the State Health Council of São Paulo and communication adviser of the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp). In his master's degree, he studied the role of interactivity in the constitution of a model of public perception on Science and Technology, a line of research in which he participated at Unicamp, including the Public Perception of Health survey, which was supported by Fapesp and Ministry of Health and gathered information about the perception of health in the State of São Paulo, in order to obtain subsidies for the elaboration of public policies directed to the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS).


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    Weverthon Barbosa Machado

    PhD candidate in Sociology at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the Rio de Janeiro State University (Iesp/Uerj), holds a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro (Uenf). He is currently a research assistant at Ipea's Center for Science, Technology and Society. Under a Fulbright scholarship, he was Visiting Graduate Researcher at the California Center for Population Research of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He has experience in the field of social stratification and with quantitative methods for the social sciences.

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