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Brazil-Africa South-South Cooperation Seminars - Speakers


Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa Region, The World Bank

Shantayanan Devarajan

Shantayanan Devarajan is the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region.  Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, and of the South Asia Region.  He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tijan Sallah, Manager, Capacity Development and Partnerships Unit (AFRCP), Africa Region, The World Bank

Tijan Sallah

Tijan M. Sallah joined the Bank in 1989 though the Young Professionals Program.  He received a Ph.D. in economics and public choice from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and taught economics at several American universities.  Since joining the Bank, he has worked extensively on agriculture and rural development operations in South Asia, MNA, and Africa, covering irrigation, drainage, fisheries, research and extension, and agribusiness, having led the preparation, supervision and implementation of several successful projects and delivered on several knowledge products. 

He published articles and books in wide ranging areas, covering political economy, agricultural development, literary and art criticism, ethnography, biography, poetry, short stories, and is completing a novel.

Boris Utria, Country Operations Adviser & Head of Office Brazil, The World Bank

Boris Utria

Boris E. Utria began his career at the World Bank in 1988. In August 2010 took over as Country Operations Advisor for the World Bank in Brazil. Among several other functions of his current position, he is responsible for managing the investment pipeline and portfolio of the World Bank in Brazil, managing the Country Office in Brasilia and is the Country Focal Point for South-South Cooperation and Gender Development in Brazil.  Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Utria held various other senior positions at the World Bank, in the field and in Washington DC, including, Acting Country Director for Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (AFMMZ), Acting Country Manager AFMMZ, Sector Leader for Sustainable Development for AFMMZ,  Leader of the Thematic Group on Energy and Poverty of the World Bank, Regional Program Manager for Renewable Energy for Africa (RPTES – a World Bank-DGIS Program,), and Senior Economist at the Energy Unit for Africa.

Before joining the Bank Mr. Utria worked as Senior Regional Planner at the Department of Regional Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) from 1982 to 1988.  Mr. Utria began his professional career as Research Associate at the Center for Technology PROMON (Rio de Janeiro), and has Masters Degrees in Agricultural Economics and Regional Planning from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a B.A. Honors in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).

Susana Carrillo, Senior Governance Specialist, Capacity Development and Parnterships Unit (AFRCP), Africa Region, The World Bank

Susana Carrillo

Susana Carrillo is a Senior Specialist with the Africa Region, World Bank in Washington D.C. She is the focal point for the support to the emerging agenda on South-South partnerships, specifically between South-Saharan Africa and Brazil. She led the preparation of the recently launched report “Bridging the Atlantic: Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa, South-South Partnering for Growth”. She has previously worked with the World Bank on governance, transparency and accountability in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a Chief of Program  with the United Nations Development Program in Africa, Central America and New York. Susana obtained a Global Executive Masters on Public Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a Masters in Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies , University of  Geneva.

André Nepomuceno Dusi, Structuring Projects Coordinator, EMBRAPA, Brazil

Sally Dormeyan

André Nepomuceno Dusi is an Agronomist, Ph. D. in Plant Virology by Wageningen RH (Netherlands). He has been working as a researcher at Embrapa since 1987 and performs research activities in virus epidemiology of  vegetables and biosafety of genetically modified plants. Andre has also been collaborating on research projects in biofortification of sweet potatoes. Since June 2010 is the Structuring Projects Coordinatos of Embrapa’s Secretariaat for International Affairs.

Presentation: French


Aline Ribeiro Dantas de Teixeira Soares, Director, International Programs, Ministry of Social Development, Brazil

Aline Ribeiro Dantas de Teixeira Soares

Ms. Aline Ribeiro Dantas de Teixeira Soares is Chief of the International Advisory Board to the Minister in the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS). She is a member of the official career of Specialists in Public Policy and Management. Ms. Soares has an MSc in Education at the University of Brasilia, and an MBA in Public Management at Fundação Getulio Vargas. She has been working in the Ministry of Social Development since 2009. As a civil servant, Ms. Soares has also worked at CGU (Controladoria-Geral da União) and, as a consultant, she has developed projects at Receita Federal, Câmara dos Deputados and ESAF, all regarding institutional development and strategic planning.

Presentation: French

Frederico Lamego Teixera Soares, Executive Director, SENAI, Brazil

Frederico Lamego Teixera Soares

Frederico Lamego Teixeira Soares is an Economist and holds an MBA in Business Strategy from the Fundação Getulio Vargas.  Mr. Soares also holds Master’s Degrees in Financial Economics from the University of London and in International History from the University of Brasilia.

In addition, he took executive trainings in International Business Strategy and Economic Policy at the London School of Economics. Previously, he held the position of SENAI’s Planning Manager and worked as a consultant in the strategy and regional development of several public and private organizations in Brazil. Currently, Mr. Soares coordinates the activities and international strategies of SESI, SENAI and IEL.

Presentation: English | Portuguese | French

José Flávio Sombra Saraiva – Director General, Brazilian Institute of International Relations, and Professor, University of Brasilia, Brazil

Jose Flavio Sombra Saraiva

José Flávio Sombra Saraiva is a professor (since 986) of International Relations at the University of Brasilia (UNB)  and a CNPq researcher. He is also the Director of the Brazilian Institute of International Relations (IBRI), an NGO with more than half a century of existence, dedicated to disseminate the researches of Brazil’s international relations and foreign policy. He is  the Vice-president of the International Commission on the History of International Relations (CHRI), linked to the International Committee of Historical Sciences. Professor Saraiva is the author of 13 books, published in Brazil and abroad and was also a visiting professor at several universities in Europe, Latin America and Africa. In July 2009, Mr. Saraiva  was elected , for the biennium 2009-2011, president of the Brazilian Association of International Relations (ABRI).

Professor Saraiva has a degree in International Relations from UNB (1981) and holds a master’s degree in History at El Colegio de Mexico (1985) and a PhD in Humanities, focusing on the History of ​​foreign policy from Brazil to Africa from the University of Birmingham (1991 ) and post-doctoral studies in International Relations from Oxford University, England.

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