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.
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.
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 is 28 years old and his academic trajectory includes a degree of BA in Journalism at 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.
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". BRICS were the fastest growing countries just after the major economic crisis of 2008, but by 2014-15 the situation was dramatically changed. What is ahead? Also, João is interested in understanding History of the nations in the last two centuries (19th and 20th) on different levels, such as politically, economically and culturally (specially Cinema).
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.
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.