The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Faculty Colloquium on Brazil February 3-5, 2017

The Conference on the Brazilian Economy in the 21st Century will examine the obstacles and challenges facing Brazil as the country seeks to advance its economy and the quality of life of its citizens. The conference is linked to an undergraduate course examining these issues.

Invited Speakers

  • Marina Silvaformer federal representative (deputado), former Senator, former Federal Minister of the Environment, Instituto Marina Silva
  • Dan Biller, World Bank
  • Robin LeBlancWashington and Lee University
  • Tyler DickovickWashington and Lee University
  • Rachel Mourao, W&L John M. Gunn International Scholar, 2008-09, Michigan State University
  • John Taylor, W&L Class of '74, Dynamic Forests
  • Daniel Herbert, W&L Class of '78, SAIPA
  • Iyabo Obasanjo, Former Nigerian Senator, Visiting Professor at VMI
  • Ana AleixoDirector, Instituto de Proteção Ambiental do Amazonas

Course Professors

  • Hugo BlunchWashington and Lee University
  • Public Health and Development Economics, Econometrics
  • Martin Davis, Washington and Lee University, Australian National University
    Macroeconomics, International Trade, Development Economics
  • Fernando Ferrari Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
    Macroeconomics, Post-Keynesian Economics
  • James Kahn, Washington and Lee University, Universidade Federal do Amazonas
    Environmental and Resource Economics, Development Economics
  • Alexandre Rivas, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Washington and Lee University
    Environmental and Resource Economics

Schedule of Events

Friday

Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

4:00-5:30 PM
A New Paradigm for Economic Development in the State of Amazonas

Presenters:

  • Ana Aleixa, Director of the Instituto de Proteção Ambiental do Amazonas
  • Alexandre Rivas, Professor of Economics at the Universidade Federal do Anazonas

Saturday

Hillel Multipurpose Room, Hillel House

8:30 AM
Opening of conference. Remarks by W&L President William Dudley and Dan Biller, World Bank.  

9:30 AM
Coffee Break

10:00-11:30 AM
Panel 1: Is Inequality on insurmountable obstacle to economic transformation?
Moderator: TBD
Panelists:

  • Dan Biller, World Bank
  • Hugo Blunch, Washington and Lee University
  • Marina Silva, former federal representative, senator, and environmental minister from Brazil
  • Alexandre Rivas, Universidade Federal do Amazonas

11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Lunch, Marketplace, Elrod Commons

1:15-2:30 PM
Panel 2: Public investment needs in Brazil, Health Education, Infrastructure and the environment
Moderator: Jim Kahn
Panelists:

  • Dan Biller, World Bank
  • Fernando Ferrari Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Daniel Herbert, SAIPA
  • Alexandre Rivas, Universidade Federal do Amazonas

2:30-2:45 PM
Coffee Break

2:45- 4:00 PM
Panel 3: The cost of doing business in Brazil
Moderator: Alexandre Rivas
Panelists:

  • John Taylor, W&L Class of 1974, President of Dynamic Forests
  • Daniel Herbert, W&L Class of 1979, President of SAIPA
  • Martin Davies, Washington and Lee University
  • Guilherme Baldresca, W&L student  

4:00-4:15 PM
Coffee Break

4:15-5:45 PM
Keynote Speech by Marina Silva: A new vision for economic transformation in Brazil  

Sunday

Hillel Multipurpose Room, Hillel House

8:30-9:00 AM
Light Breakfast

9:00-10:15 AM
Panel 4: Is corruption an insurmountable obstacle to economic transformation?
Moderator: Tyler Dickovick
Panelists:

  • Robin LeBlanc, Washington and Lee University)
  • Iyabo Obasanjo, former federal senator from Nigeria, Visiting Professor of Politics at Virginia Military Institute
  • Marina Silva, former federal representative, senator, and environmental minister from Brazil
  • Fernando Ferrari Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Rachel MouraoMichigan State University

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Roundtable: Where does Brazil go from here?
Moderator: Jim Kahn

  • Marina Silva
  • Daniel Herbert
  • John Taylor
  • Alexandre Rivas
  • Fernando Fernando Filho

12:00-12:30 PM
Concluding remarks and thanks

  • Marina Silva
  • Jim Kahn
  • Fernando Ferraro Filho
  • Alexandre Rivas