Four of the world’s fastest growing economies — Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called BRIC nations — have a special forum at SIPA: the BRICLab.
Representing 40 percent of the world’s population, these four nations are a driving force in emerging markets. The BRICLab examines their increasing influence on global affairs and the implications of their growing power through a combination of classes, executive programs, and conferences.
“The BRICs have the potential to transform the world,” says Provost John H. Coatsworth. “It is important to understand the consequences of that emergence from a multi-disciplinary angle. That is where SIPA plays an important role — by serving as a forum for these studies.”
The BRICLab promotes SIPA and Columbia University as a destination for current and future BRIC leaders to discuss topics important to their nations’ development. It also draws on SIPA and the University’s other wells of expertise, including the Center on Global Economic Governance, the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Brazilian Studies, the Harriman Institute, the South Asia Institute, the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, and other forthcoming initiatives at SIPA.
Directing the BRICLab are Christian Deseglise and Marcos Troyjo, both SIPA adjunct professors.
SIPA is uniquely qualified to host the BRICLab, says Professor Deseglise, “due to its multidisciplinary and global approach, its unique curriculum and international network, and its existing focus on emerging markets. The strength and dynamism of BRIC's economies is generating strong sales and profit growth for companies based in emerging markets as well as in developed markets."
“The last 10 years have seen the transformation of peripheral forces into major players in the international arena,” says Professor Troyjo. “BRICs enjoy a special status thanks to their economic and political clout. At the BRICLAB we examine the strategic, political and economic consequences of the rise of BRIC, especially by analyzing their projects for power, prosperity and prestige."
The BRICLab at SIPA offers a 14-week graduate course, special sessions with guest speakers, Executive Education programs, and annual conferences for policymakers, business and academic leaders, and students.
Visiting Scholars 2019
Juliana Gragnani is a Brazilian journalist from BBC Brazil, based in London. During the last year, she has written investigative pieces about fake profiles and disinformation used to influence elections in Brazil. In 2018, she received the Petrobras Journalism Award for her work revealing how one company based in Rio created hundreds of fake profiles maintained by people all over the country and sold them to politicians during the 2014 Brazilian elections.
Before working at the BBC, she worked for 5 years in Folha de S.Paulo, the leading print daily newspaper in Brazil. She wrote about public policies regarding culture in the cultural section of the paper and then became news assignment editor for the section. Later, she went back to working as a reporter in Folha’s City section, where she covered security, homelessness, education and lifestyle.
Débora Ely is a journalist who works as a political reporter for Zero Hora–a newspaper in the South of Brazil. She began her career in 2013 upon graduating in Journalism from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2018 she received her Masters degree in Social Science from PUCRS. In her thesis, she analyzed the main characteristic of political debate in social media. Both a journalist and researcher, Débora is an observer of changes in society and works to convey them to her readers.
Gabriela Sá Pessoa
Gabriela Sá Pessoa is a reporter for Folha de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. In 2015, she was awarded the Roche Health Journalism Prize from the The Gabriel García Márquez New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation, for an investigation into legal abortion in Brazil. The story was first published in 2014 by Agencia Pública, a nonprofit journalism organization. Gabriela has been reporting for Folha de S.Paulo since 2014. She currently writes about politics but has also covered the entertainment and television industries for the paper. In 2018, she participated in the data journalism trainee program offered by the GoogleNews Lab, where she learned to code with Python and manage big datasets to support her stories. She also covered Brazil’s national elections in 2018 and President Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration in Brasilia.
2018 Visiting Scholars
Beatriz Bulla is a journalist and reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo. She joined the newspaper in 2012, after being chosen from the best professionals to have participated in the paper's training program. Since then, she has covered economics, politics, and justice for the paper. Beatriz's works include news stories, investigative journalism, and analysis. In 2014, Beatriz moved to Brasilia, the national capital, to assume the news coverage of the Supreme Court for O Estado de S. Paulo .
During the last four years, she has focused her work on covering the justice system, corruption scandals, and the relationship between the state branches. She won the prize for "Best News Reporting of 2016," offered by O Estado de S. Paulo, for a story related to the corruption case known as operation Car Wash.
Beatriz Bulla holds a B.A. in Journalism from Faculdade Casper Libero - the first established journalism school in Brazil. She also holds a degree in Law from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP) and was admitted as a member of Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB), the Brazilian Bar Association. Her academic interests include public policy and justice, the internationalization of criminal investigations, and responses by different justice systems to corrupt scandals. She has also focused her studies on the political and economic development of Latin American countries and emerging markets and the role of media in all of these issues.
2017 Visiting Scholars
Pedro Burgos is a Brazilian journalist specializing in technology and media. He started his career after graduating from Universidade de Brasília, working for the Jornal do Brasil, covering local politics. As a magazine freelancer, he wrote about education and later technology for a number of publications, from magazines, such as Superinteressante and Exame, to newspapers ( Folha) and websites (Papo de Homem, Mercado Popular).
He has been the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo in Brazil and later the executive editor of an online news startup in Brazil, F451, from 2008 to 2013. After publishing a book about society's sometimes problematic relationship with connected technologies in 2014, he got his masters degree in Social Journalism from the City University of New York School of Journalism in 2015.
In New York, he worked as an intern and then an Audience Editor for The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer prize-winning nonprofit that covers criminal justice in the United States. In the last couple of years, he started studying Computer and Data sciences, and how it can be applied to measure the impact of journalism in society.
Guilherme Waltenberg is a journalist whose career focuses on politics, economics and international matters. He was born in São Paulo, and started his career covering local news and quickly became a political reporter. He is also very interested in media startups, especially in Anglophone contexts.
He currently works as an investigative reporter at Metrópoles, a media startup based in the Brazilian capital, which he joined in 2016. Over the last year, Guilherme Waltenberg has worked on investigative stories related to the "Operation Car Wash", which revealed a corruption scandal inside Petrobras, the biggest state-owned company in Brazil, and on other investigations at local level. He has also worked for traditional media outlets in Brazil, such as O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil´s most influential and longest-running quality newspapers, and Correio Braziiense.
He graduated from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) with a degree in journalism and also particpated in a six-month exchange program at the University of Navarra School of Communication, in Spain. Guilherme Waltenberg is fluent in English and Spanish, a native Portuguese speaker, and has basic command of Mandarin. His academic interests include understanding how technology is reshaping the contemporary world on different levels: politically, economically and through the creative economy. HIs other main interests are Latin American development strategies and new models of business and leadership, especially in media contexts.
2016 Visiting Scholars
Marcelo Parreira is a journalist and news producer for Globo Broadcast, one of the country's largest media groups in Brazil. In 2004, he moved from Goiania to graduate in Journalism at the Universidade de Brasilia. Before graduating, he started an internship at Globo News, the 24/7 hard news cable TV of the group, where he worked for a year and a half. After obtaining his BA in Journalism, he started to cover Economics and Politics for Globo News, including major events at the National Congress and national elections. By 2011, he started to cover city issues and Sports within G1, the group's news website, including the preparations for the 2014 FIfa World Cup. In 2012, he returned to TV to work in coordinating reporting crews.
His academic trajetory includes an MBA in Planning, Budgeting and Publig Management from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, one of the Brazil's most prestigious institutions on the subject. He studied accountability and the relations of public transparency with journalistic responsability. Marcelo Parreira is fluent in English and a native Portuguese speaker (and also can read and understand Spanish). His academic interests include ethics in political reporting, team management, macroeconomics, and the electoral process. In his free time, he designs and plays board games.
Juliana Sayuri Ogassawara is a Brazilian journalist and historian. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Universidade Estadual Paulista ‘Ju´lio de Mesquita Filho’ (Unesp). Juliana Sayuri also holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in History from Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Cie^ncias Humanas - Universidade de Sa~o Paulo (FFLCH-USP), Latin America’s top ranked university. Her thesis focused on the international editions of the French magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique , with discussions about the role of intellectuals and journalists. In 2014, Juliana Sayuri attended E´cole des Hautes E´tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris, as a visiting researcher supervised by the renowned sociologist Michael Lo¨wy. Her intellectual work received funds from institutions like Capes, Fapesp and Santander. Her first book, entitled Paris – Porto Alegre , a version of her master’s dissertation, is being processed at one of USP’s publishing houses. She is also working on her second book, Paris – Buenos Aires , a version of her doctoral thesis. Her interests include international affairs, human rights and globalization.
Apart from her work as a historian, Juliana Sayuri has a great deal of experience as a journalist. Between 2011 and 2015, she worked as a special reporter at Alia´s, a special issue from O Estado de S. Paulo, highly respected among activists, politicians and scholars in Brazil. O Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs. For Alia´s, Sayuri has interviewed global thinkers like Alaa Al-Aswany, Immanuel Wallerstein, Michael Davis, Michel Maffesoli, Perry Anderson, among others. She received an award for her investigative story about British former ballerina Joan Jara, widow of Vi´ctor Jara, the Chilean musician murdered by Chilean Armed Forces in the days following the coup d’e´tat of General Augusto Pinochet. Besides Chile, Sayuri has reported stories from Cuba, France, Jordan, and Eastern Europe.
Sayuri has also worked at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. Founded in 1921, Folha has the biggest circulation among quality newspapers in Brazil. She has written for different editions inside Folha: sa~opaulo magazine, Ilustrada (cultural desk) and Mundo (international desk), for example. Juliana Sayuri is currently editor at Arq.Futuro, a digital platform for discussion about the future of the cities. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and a native Portuguese speaker. She has basic command of Italian and Japanese. She has visited 34 countries since 2009.
João Villaverde is a journalist and reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's most influential and longest-running quality newspapers. He was born in São Paulo and started his career covering Economics and Labour Markets for Valor Econômico, a business and economics oriented newspaper early 2008. Through May 2008 to May 2011, he worked for Valor in São Paulo. He was invited then to live and work for Valor in Brasilia, the national capital. He covered the Ministry of Finance and also the debate of Economics Acts in Congress for Valor until August, 2012, when he was invited to join O Estado de S. Paulo office at Brasilia, where he is working since September, 2012.
He has a BA in Journalism from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). He also has academic training in Economics after attending the Latin America Program on Rethinking Development Economics (LAPORDE), offered jointly by the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) and Cambridge University in January, 2012.
Villaverde won the prize “Best News Reporting of 2014”, offered by Agencia Estado annually. The prize was for the story known as “The case of the 4 billion reais”, published throughout July and August, 2014, by Adriana Fernandes and João Villaverde at O Estado de S. Paulo. The story was focused on a strange account of a private bank that had 4 billion reais that belonged to the Brazilian government, and this account was not found by Brazilian central bank until May, 2014. This money was then used to make the national debt lower than it was before the discovery. The story led to an investigation by the “Tribunal de Contas da União - TCU” that went on to determine to the central bank to improve its system of inspection of the financial market in Brazil.
He was also finalist in the Exxon-Mobil Journalism Award in 2015, the biggest award for journalists in Brazil. He was selected in September 2015 for the coverage of the fiscal maneuvers done by president Dilma Rousseff administration in 2013 and 2014. The maneuvers were called “pedaladas fiscais” and are now backing the opposition plan to impeach Dilma because the “pedaladas” broke the law. See the news release here. He also won the "Best News Reporting" award in December, 2015, offered by O Estado de S. Paulo annually. With that, he won the "Best News Reporting" of Agencia Estado/O Estado de S. Paulo for two consecutive years: 2014 and 2015.
João Villaverde is fluent in English and a native Portuguese speaker. He is an advanced Spanish speaker and has basic command of Italian. His academic interests include understanding how emerging countries, such as the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), are positioned in the "Post Crisis World".
2015 Visiting Scholars
José Orenstein is a journalist and reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil´s most influential and longest-running quality newspapers. Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs.
He currently works at Estado weekly food section, Paladar, one of the newspaper's most prestigious supplements, which he joined in 2012. Created in 2007, Paladar is known for its in-depth articles and reportages, and created a new standard for food journalism in Brazil. Mr. Orenstein, over the past two years, has worked on investigative stories that emphasize different aspects of the food chain, intertwining gastronomy, environment and agriculture.
He also worked as political news reporter for a year and a half, covering 2010 Brazilian major elections for Estado. He also worked for Folha de S. Paulo for one year, as news reporter at its arts and culture section. One of ten chosen in a competition involving more than 3,000 candidates, he joined Folha in 2009. Before that, he worked as an intern at São Paulo's municipality International Relations Secretariat.
His academic trajectory includes two degrees: a BA in History at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - Latin America's top ranked university, and a BA in International Relations at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), top ranked in its field. During his graduation in IR, he was selected for a six-month exchange program at Sciences Po, in Paris, as a visiting Masters student, in 2007. At Sciences Po, he attended the classes of influential scholars and policy makers such as Gilles Kepel (Middle East History and Politics) and Elizabeth Guigou (European Affairs).
José Orenstein is fluent in English and French, and a native Portuguese speaker. He is an advanced Spanish speaker and has basic command of German. His academic interests include understanding how emerging markets are shaping a renewed contemporary world order on different levels: institutionally, politically, economically and culturally. Cooperation, development strategies and environmental global governance, specifically food security issues, are also among his main interests, always on a multidisciplinary approach.
Chico Felitti is a journalist and columnist at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. Founded in 1921, Folha has the biggest circulation among quality newspapers in Brazil and is regarded as the leading print daily news vehicle in the country. The media company that publishes Folha also airs UOL, the world's largest website in a non-English language.
He joined the newspaper in 2007, chosen in a competition involving more than 3,000 candidates. Since then he has worked with some of the best professionals in Brazilian journalism in news stories and analysis in areas as different as the economy, domestic and international politics, and arts & culture. He has been a special correspondent in Turkey, covering the Syrian rebellion in loco, and in Paris, France.
He has also worked at Estado de S.Paulo, Brazil’s second most influential newspaper, and magazines such as Joyce Pascowitch, Piauí and Galileu. At Folha he was part of the editorial team of Monica Bergamo, Brazil's most influential political columnist, as both reporter and deputy editor.
He currently writes a weekly city affairs column at the Sunday magazine, one of the paper's most prestigious supplements. Since 2012, Mr. Felitti has joined Folha’s select blogger team. He writes about weddings, focusing on the matrimonial market and picturesque life stories.
Chico Felitti attended USP, the university of São Paulo – Latin America’s top ranked university. He holds a BA in journalism and a second one in social sciences.
He has received two awards for his academic papers on the rise of a market focused on the gay community in São Paulo.
Chico Felitti's pro bono work includes leading an Aisec social project for a local newspaper in Baroda, India, when he was 20 years old.
Apart from the work as a journalist, he is presently pursuing graduate studies in literature at the University of São Paulo. His first novel, Canto de Amar Tanto, will be published by Record editing house in July 2015.
2014 Visiting Scholars
Anna Virginia Balloussier
Anna Virginia Balloussier is a journalist and deputy editor-at-large at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. Founded in 1921, Folha has the biggest circulation among quality newspapers in Brazil and is regarded as the leading print daily news vehicle in the country. The media company that publishes Folha also airs UOL, the world's largest website in a non-English language.
She joined the newspaper in 2010, chosen in a competition involving more than 3,000 candidates. Since then she has worked with some of the best professionals in Brazilian journalism in news stories and analyses in areas as different as the economy, domestic and international politics, and arts & culture. She has been a special correspondent to Brazil's 2010 presidential elections covering then candidate and current president Dilma Rousseff.
She has also worked at Jornal do Brasil and Rolling Stone, and at Folha she was part of the editorial team of Monica Bergamo, Brazil's most influential political columnist, as both reporter and deputy editor. She is currently the deputy editor of Sãopaulo, Folha’s Sunday magazine, one of the paper's most prestigious supplements. Since last October, Anna Virginia has joined Folha’s select blogger team. She writes about religion, focusing on the relationship between politics, media and the church.
Anna Virginia is 26 years-old. She attended UFRJ, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, founded in 1920. She holds a BA in journalism and has received many awards for her academic papers on cultural identity in the contemporary world, especially the shifting identity of African immigrants.
Anna Virginia's pro bono work includes leading the "Cinerama" project, a free film club showing premieres of contemporary Brazilian cinema to low income "Favela" communities.
Apart from her work as a journalist, she is presently pursuing graduate studies in social sciences at the University of São Paulo – Latin America’s top ranked university. Her academic interests include economic and political governance and institutional-building at the multilateral level, contemporary governance of political parties and the internationalization of transparency laws. She also focuses on how South-South cooperation initiatives, such as those involving the BRICS, may become new international organizations.
Rodrigo Burgarelli is a journalist and news reporter for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil´s most influential and longest-running quality newspapers. Estado is widely regarded as the media outlet in Brazil bringing the most in-depth coverage and analysis of international affairs.
His work especially focuses on public policy in both economic and political spheres, and data journalism. Since he joined the newspaper in 2009, Mr. Burgarelli has been part of the first ever data journalism group created in a Brazilian newsroom, called Estadão Dados. Before that, he worked as a local news reporter, editor and head of metropolitan reporting, with experiences in both online news and social media.
For the past 5 years, Mr. Burgarelli has contributed to several major news stories in areas as different as international affairs, Brazil's domestic politics and advocacy journalism on improved public policy-making.
Such tasks have included writing for Estado's special supplement on Brazil’s role in World War II, which won many accolades. He was also special correspondent to Pope Francis Brazil World Youth Day visit.
His work has received major international amplification, as in his investigative piece on exorbitant, undue wages received by some members of Brazil's political class – which enjoyed major worldwide media repercussion with direct references made to it in outlets such as The Economist, The Guardian and El País.
His academic trajectory includes a degree in Journalism and Social Communications from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), one of Brazil's top three universities. He is currently an MSc Candidate at the Political Science Department of the University of São Paulo (USP), Latin America's best university in 2013 according to the Times Higher Education ranking. His research topics include public policy-making, government transparency & accountability, challenges to global governance & development, and contemporary democracy theory.
Rodrigo Burgarelli is fluent in English and Spanish, and a native Portuguese speaker. He has basic command of both French and Japanese. Mr. Burgarelli is engaged in different voluntary works aimed at social development in Brazil, which included his pro bono work as a teacher to low income high-school students looking to be accepted into Brazilian universities. He is 27 years-old and has visited 34 countries.