Fellows

Fellows

The Chamber awards these scholarships to exceptional young professionals pursuing graduate studies who demonstrate outstanding leadership.

2013 Fellows

2013 Fellows

"It’s a pleasure to have been selected by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for this prestigious award. By investing in the education of young professionals from Brazil, the Chamber demonstrates its commitment to education as a catalyst for change in Brazil more broadly, which is the topic that brings me to Harvard University this year. I expect that immersing myself in issues of education quality and equity in an American institution of such caliber will be an intense and rewarding experience. While pursuing a master’s degree in International Education Policy, I plan to investigate the most effective strategies to improve the quality of public education in developing countries – Brazil in particular. My intention is to become an active contributor to bridging the achievement gap affecting disadvantaged students in my country and beyond. " Anita Gurgel Master in International Education Policy Harvard University, USA
"I am very honored for being selected for the Person of the Year Fellowship by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. More than a recognition from such a prestigious institution, this grant is a significant assistance in the pursue of my LL.M. degree at Georgetown University. By working as a corporate lawyer in some of the Brazilian top tier law firms, I was in a privileged position to understand the strategic importance of tightening the American and Brazilian economic bonds. I am glad to see that institutions of such caliber are also investing in the future relationships of these two great economies. Once I receive my LL.M. degree, I plan to work at an American law firm for at least one year as a corporate lawyer. I intend pursue this experience either as a foreign associate or as a permanent lawyer, depending on the available offers. Once again I thank Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, not only for the sponsorship but also for its important role in strengthening U.S.-Brazil relations. " Carlo Sivieri de Assis Rocha LLM Georgetown University, USA
"I feel honored to be one of the recipients of the Person of the Year Fellowship, and I would like to thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce deeply for this special support. As a current student of the Joint Degree Program, Master in Business Administration (MBA) & Master in Public Policy (MPP), at Harvard University, I have been learning a lot from the rich academic and cultural experience. After graduating, I plan to go back to Brazil and work hard with my newly acquired skills on Brazilian challenges like infrastructure, public management and education - big issues of our times. " Cláudia S. Sussekind Joint Degree Program, Master in Business Administration (MBA) & Master in Public Policy (MPP) Harvard University, USA
"I am honored to have been awarded the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Person of the Year Fellowship. I am entering my second semester at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and so far it has been an invaluable experience which has allowed me to meet and study with amazing people. I am presently concentrating in economic and political development and my plan after obtaining my master’s degree is to go back to Brazil and work to help improve public policies there, especially education policy, an area that particularly interests me. I am deeply thankful to the Brazilian-American Chamber for helping give me the opportunity to build the knowledge I will need to work for a better Brazil. " Danilo Carvalho Moura Master in International and Public Affairs Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), USA
"I am very thankful for the Person of the Year fellowship. It will contribute to my second year as a student at Harvard University, in the MPP/MBA joint-degree program. My first year was a wonderful experience. I had the chance to meet great people from different parts of the world, discuss and learn interesting topics and travel to places I had never been. Living and studying abroad has been very important for my professional and personal development, it challenges you and changes you in many ways. I am very happy I made this choice and incredibly excited for my second year to start. Before the MPP/MBA program, I worked with non-profits and public organizations in Brazil to improve management practices and to promote state and local reforms. In 2012, I also joined young Brazilian entrepreneurs to found a new political party called "Partido NOVO". Some of my main areas of interest are at the intersection of government and the private sector, such as health care, infrastructure and education. I also love to discuss and learn how technology can contribute to our mega-cities (urban life), to democracy and to a better and updated form of government. After the program at Harvard, my goal is to return to Brazil and continue working for the development of public and political leadership, towards social change and improved quality of life for all Brazilians. " Flávia Nasser Goulart Joint Degree Program, Master in Business Administration (MBA) & Master in Public Policy (MPP) Harvard University, USA
"I am honored and thankful for being a recipient of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce “Person of the Year” fellowship. As a Master in Public Administration candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, I will be able to further develop my studies in how to foster the potential of the new technologies to promote more transparent, democratic, participative and efficient public policies. I am eager to convert this enriching and diverse educational environment and incomparable research sources into concrete and applicable policy advancements to the development of Brazil. " Guilherme Alberto Almeida de Almeida Master in Public Administration Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), USA
"It is a great privilege to be honored with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce POY Fellowship. With the Chamber’s support, I will focus my studies on the legal foundations of international dispute resolution — namely, investment law and international commercial arbitration —, as well as litigation within capital markets. The experience at Yale Law School will be enriching not only from an academic point of view, but also from the broader perspective of a global cultural experience. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity, and also proud to partake in the Chamber’s efforts to further trade and investment between the business communities of Brazil and the United States. " Guilherme Recena Costa LLM Yale University, USA
"I am extremely honored to be one of the recipients of the Person of the Year Fellowship and be among such a remarkable group of young leaders. I am extremely grateful for the trust and support of the Chamber in the pursuit of my dreams. I am excited to join Harvard Kennedy School as a candidate for a master degree in Public Administration and International Development. I believe the knowledge and experience that I will acquire will help me better contribute to the development of my country. Not only the university’s environment and faculty are impressive, but I am also truly inspired and touched by my classmates’ histories, passion, brightness and commitment to make a world a better place. While at Harvard, I hope to deepen my understanding of policies that foster private sector growth, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion at the bottom of the pyramid. " Karina Baba Master of Public Administration and International Development Harvard University, USA
"When I got the call from Instituto Ling telling me that I was one of the students contemplated with the Person of The Year Fellowship I could not believe it. Too many good news for only one year. First, I was accepted by Northwestern University to pursue a Master in Media Strategy and Leadership; then, I won the Person of The Year Fellowship. Now I'm in Chicago to broaden and enrich my knowledge about journalism, marketing and leadership. I will also have the opportunity to interact with people from different places and cultures during my classes. I'm really grateful for being granted with this fellowship because it allows me to stay totally dedicated to my studies for one whole year. After that immersion I believe I will be a more complete journalist and I will come back to Brazil full of new ideas for this area. " Raquel Salgado Master of Media Strategy and Leadership (Jornalista de Visão) Northwestern, USA
"Being a Person of the Year Fellow is something I could never imagine when I first scratched my plans about having an MBA degree in the United States years ago. With the support of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce I am now making this dream come true. Even more, I am part of a community of young talented Brazilians who are willing to make a difference. I always thought the MBA experience would be transformative. As a Fellow, inspired by my outstanding colleagues, I am sure it will be even more. I want to work with Corporate Restructuring and Turnaround Management after my MBA, supporting companies around the globe to overcome their hurdles and get back on track. By doing this I believe I'll contribute to a better business environment, eventually preserving local economies from the risk of collapse. " Sussumo Eguti Master of Business Administration Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA
"Academic success is not only about writing papers, creating knowledge and developing theories – it is ultimately about the ability one has to create positive and relevant impact using such knowledge. More important than the academic background I have gained so far in my graduate studies at Harvard, I am now confident that academic reasoning can be a powerful aligns to move Brazilian and American societies further, especially during these challenging times. I am deeply honored for having received – for the second year in a row – the Person of the Year Award by The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. The chance of being part of such distinguished community will definitely help me to create real and lasting impact for the benefit of my country – Brazil, and its most similar nation in historical and economic perspectives – the United States. " Tomás Lopes Teixeira Master in Public Policy Harvard University, USA
2012 Fellows

2012 Fellows

"“ I am one of the recipients of the Person of the Year Fellowship Program. I really appreciate The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce's support and kindness. This scholarship will allow me to devote a greater amount of time to my studies. Currently, I am in the Comparative Media Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (CMS-MIT). After a rewarding career in the merging of media and technology, I am eager to learn how to help revolutionize and reconnect teaching and research in the fields of cultural and media studies in my native country of Brazil with wider Anglophone scholarship.” " Alexandre Albert Gonçalves Master in Comparative Media Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
"“ It is a great honor to be awarded the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Person of the Year Fellowship. Receiving this level of recognition at such an early stage of my career is really inspiring and I am grateful for the opportunity of becoming a member of this community.  Pursuing a degree in a distinguished US institution is a long cherished plan. Now, already a few weeks into New York University’s LL.M. program, I became even more conscious of how this academic and cultural experience shall be unique in a variety of meaningful ways and will, indeed, represent an important step towards my career goal of becoming the General Counsel of a truly global organization.” " Camila de Paula Barbosa Master of Laws New York University, USA
"“I am very honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship and I thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for such a generous support. As a dual degree candidate at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, I plan on absorbing public and private investment skills from the perspectives of these different leading economies and hopefully contributing to the development of new investment strategies in the Brazilian society.” " Clara Cezar de Andrade Master in Public Administration Columbia University, USA
"“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Person of the Year fellowship. This very generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending MIT. By awarding me, you gave me additional inspiration to better focus on the most important aspect of school: learning. I hope to build a strong bridge between United States and Brazil, the MBA will shape my “how” to achieve my dream.” " Dafne Guisard Master of Business Administration MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
"“I couldn’t be more grateful for being selected for the Fellowship Person of the Year. I am sincerely contented and more importantly, promise to uphold my commitment to “pay it forward”.  I’ve dreamed of this path not because I aim for status or wealth, but because I believe this experience is the bridge I need to achieve what I consider my career and life purpose; I’m truly committed to helping improve Education in Brazil and I know that living and studying in a country that has proven itself to be the world benchmark in management practices will greatly enhance my ability to have an impact.” " Erica Amelia Butow Master of Business Administration University of California at Berkeley, USA
"“I would like to thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for providing me with the opportunity to reach for my dreams. The MBA program has opened my eyes to a world of opportunities, and provided me access to the invaluable knowledge base formed from successes and failures of companies from all around the globe, in such a way that I can apply that knowledge in the Brazilian economy in the hope of helping my country continue in its growth path.” " Evandro Patricio Master of Business Administration Columbia University, USA
"“I am truly thankful to the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for honoring me with the Person of the Year Scholarship. The support of the Brazilian-American Chamber will be allow me to carry on with my plans. It is of particular importance for me to be offered this privilege, as it reflects recognition from an institution that shares the view of the strategic importance of strengthening the ties between my country and the world’s largest economy, increasingly crucial in the current context of the world economy. I hope to live up to that recognition. Thank you very much!” " Gustavo Akkerman Master of Laws Stanford Law School, USA
"“Beyond the honor that the Person of the Year fellowship represents, this award has helped me to pursue a long-standing goal: a master's degree at the University of Chicago. The Person of the Year fellowship ensures that all costs will be covered, and allows for any additional expenses with assistive technology that I may need due to my disability -- I have been totally blind since birth. I thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for seeing achievements and potential in my deserving of such an award.” " Lucas de Abreu Maia Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences The University of Chicago, USA
"“I am attending the Master of Business Administration this Fall at Columbia Business School. Born in a humble family in Barra Bonita, interior of Sao Paulo, I have achieved a successful career on the financial market. Now, to help me achieve my long-term goals, I am investing my efforts on the MBA at Columbia: I want to have a global career, leading the international expansion of Brazilian banks and helping to build a solid foundation for our growth, with emphasis in ethics and responsibility. I thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for helping me fund my studies and giving me the opportunity to continue pursuing my goals.” " Lucas Tomilheiro Sancassani Master of Business Administration Columbia University, USA
"“It is an honor to have been awarded a scholarship from the Person of the Year Fellowship Program. I would like to thank everyone involved and reaffirm my commitment to the US-Brazil relations. Prior to business school, I had the opportunity to work in the financial industry in New York while maintaining a Brazilian client base. This unique context allowed me to foster business relationships in both countries. I believe my MBA degree from Columbia Business School will allow me to both expand my local network and develop the skills required for a successful transition into a new career. I look forward to a lasting relationship with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.” " Paula D. Castilho Master of Business Administration Columbia University, USA
"“I would like to thank the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Instituto Ling, for awarding me an scholarship through the Person of the Year Fellowship Program. My goal in pursuing an MBA in Stanford University is to develop and introduce management technology accessible to different sorts of farmers, in different places. I believe that, if successful, I can contribute for a decline in prices levels and volatility of food and fuel in Brazil, which is one of the largest American trading partners, specially in agricultural products. I feel honored that the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce shares my vision and I deeply appreciate the trust that has been placed in me to carry it forward.” " Pedro Rocha Master of Business Administration Stanford University, USA
"“Continuing my education in the US will be a vital stepping-stone to becoming an agent of societal transformation towards equality in my country and the broader Latin American region.  This fellowship reminds my peers and me that we are not alone in carrying the burdens of a hard fought path, when it comes to pursuing dreams. Thank you the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce for setting such rich grounds for us.” " Samanta Maria Natenzon Master in Public Administration Columbia University, USA
"“I am honored for receiving the “Person of the Year” Fellowship from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. This fellowship will allow myself to develop professionally through a unique learning experience with my professors and peers, with their different professional and academic experiences and different views and opinions. I truly believe Brazil has had few unique opportunities to definitively develop during its history. We cannot afford to let the chance we now face slip through our fingers. As my country emerges, I hope to emerge also as a future leader to make contributions to help Brazil’s transition into a developed country in my own lifetime. Thank you for granting me this fellowship, which will help me pursue those objectives.” " Tomás Lopes Teixeira Master in Public Policy Harvard University, USA
2011 Fellows

2011 Fellows

Alex Anton
"Personally, to be accepted at Harvard University has always been a great dream. With the financial support from fellowships and awards such as the Person of the Year, today I see the journey until here absolutely worthwhile and smile for having this dream come true. " Alex Anton Master of Business Administration Harvard Business School, USA
Paulo Uebel
"The opportunity to live, study and learn more in a city like New York is unique. Besides the strong academic record of the University, the diverse backgrounds of the students create a very rich atmosphere to learn and develop new skills, understanding the differences among nations but also finding common ground to work with. " Read Thank You Letter Paulo Uebel Masters in Public Administration Columbia University, USA
Tatiana Cabral-Schnurr
"I am completing my second year of my Masters here at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, after completing the first half of my Masters at Columbia University in New York City. I believe this organization will give me an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the different industries in Brazil, and exposure to various clients. " Read Thank You Letter Tatiana Cabral-Schnurr Masters in International Affairs/International Management Columbia University/Fundação Getúlio Vargas, USA/Brazil

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