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The Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner has been held annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce since 1970. The Gala honors two outstanding leaders – one from Brazil and one from the United States – who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Past honorees have included President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President Bill Clinton, Min. Henrique Meirelles, and Henry Kissinger.

The 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, will take place at The Glasshouse in New York, on Wednesday, May 15th.

Over 1,000 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City each year at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.

The Person of the Year Fellowship Program is funded by proceeds from the Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, and conducted in partnership with  Fundação LemannInstituto Ling, and United Airlines and has co-supported over 167 Brazilian students who have already graduated or are studying to obtain graduate degrees from top tier American universities.

In addition to the gala, a series of parallel events sponsored by institutions such as Financial Times, Banco Itaú, BTG Pactual, Bank of America, Citi, Forbes Brasil, and J. Safra Group contributed to making the week of the gala “Brazil Week” in New York.

The POY has become the premier event of the Brazilian-American community in the United States, and its success has enabled the Chamber to expand its annual programming to further develop the ties between Brazil and the United States.

 

Sincerely,

Awards Committee
Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

For information on tickets and sponsorship, please e-mail awardscommitteepoy@brazilcham.com, or call (212) 751-4691.

2024 Person of the Year

Alexandre Birman is the recipient of the 2024 Person of the Year Awards from Brazil.

Alexandre Birman is CEO and CCO of Arezzo&Co, which leads the largest fashion house of brands in Brazil, including Arezzo, Schutz, Anacapri, Alexandre Birman, Alme, Reserva, Carol Bassi, Vans, Oficina Reserva, Reserva Go, Simples, Reversa, Reserva INK, Reserva Mini, BAW Clothing, TROC, Vicenza, Paris Texas, and the ZZMALL marketplace.

Mr. Birman led the launch of the ZZMALL digital platform; the creation of the ZZ APP; and the formation of ZZ Ventures, the group’s corporate venture capital.  In consolidating growth, he headed the 2020 fusion of Reserva; the creation of AR&CO, the company’s lifestyle division; and the 2023 acquisition of the Italian brand Paris Texas.  Also in 2023, Arezzo&Co launched Arezzo in the United States, greatly strengthening its international growth and footprint.

A native of Belo Horizonte (MG), Mr. Birman graduated in Business Administration from Universidade FUMEC. He participated in the Owner / President Management Program at Harvard Business School and, since 2013, has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  He has received national and international awards as a designer and business executive.

The choice of Mr. Birman recognizes his commitment to producing high-quality, sustainable products and experiences on a global platform and his prominent and influential role in strengthening Arezzo&Co’s international growth, factors that coincide with the values promoted by the Chamber.

2024 COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

 

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Parceiros da Educação as the recipient of the 2024 Community Impact Award. The award recognizes the organization’s dedication to community service, promoting the betterment of society at large.

Founded in 2004 by Jair Ribeiro, Parceiros da Educação is a non-governmental organization that structures partnerships between the private sector and public schools in Brazil to strengthen student learning.  The organization is dedicated to providing students with comprehensive and quality training, supporting teachers and educational directors to improve school performance, and enhancing public education policies.  Parceiros da Educação is present in more than 700 public schools with a direct impact on approximately 400,000 students.  Partnering schools show an improvement of approximately 40% in educational indices over the course of the first three years of collaboration with Parceiros da Educação, which translates to more than one additional year of schooling for students, compared to their counterparts in public schools.

In 2024, Parceiros da Educação celebrates 20 years of dedication to social transformation to improve Brazilian public education.

The Community Impact Award will be presented to Parceiros da Educação at the 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on May 15th at The Glasshouse.

2024 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Amigos da Poli as the recipient of the 2024 Social Responsibility Award in Science & Technology. The award recognizes the organization’s entrepreneurship in social responsibility in the area of science and technology, promoting the betterment of society at large.

The first and largest endowment fund in Brazil, Amigos da Poli was founded in 2009 by a group of alumni from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo. The fund’s mission is to develop the potential of Poli-USP engineering students – contributing to their excellence and empowering them as citizens and leaders – to stimulate innovation and education in Brazil. Former President / current Board Member and POY Fellow Lucas Sancassani encourages engineering on the basis that education and technology are great drivers of growth, capable of societal transformation.

In 2023, Amigos da Poli surpassed 50 million BRL reais in assets, a testament to the community’s belief and investment in education, science, and technology and its commitment to nurturing academic excellence.  Proceeds from the endowment fund support polytechnic community projects that contribute to the training of students as professionals and citizens.  The fund’s success has resonated throughout Brazil, leading to the establishment of nearly 100 similar funds that enhance the quality and reach of higher education.

The Social Responsibility Award in Science & Technology will be presented to Amigos da Poli at the 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on May 15th at The Glasshouse.

2024 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

 

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Vetor Brasil as the recipient of the 2024 Social Responsibility Award in Leadership Development. The award recognizes the organization’s entrepreneurship in social responsibility in the area of leadership development, promoting the betterment of society at large.

Established in 2015 by Co-Founder / Executive Director and POY Fellow Joice Toyota, Vetor Brasil partners with state and municipal governments to attract, evaluate, and develop public professionals in Brazil. The organization is dedicated to creating an engaged and diverse network to empower the Brazilian public sector from within, improving the quality of services for underserved populations, reducing inequalities, and spurring large-scale technological solutions.

Vetor Brasil has been recognized among the best 100 NGOs in Brazil and is the first NGO outside of the United States to receive a significant investment (4.2 million BRL reais) from MacKenzie Scott.

The Social Responsibility Award in Leadership Development will be presented to Vetor Brasil at the 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on May 15th at The Glasshouse.

Sponsoring the 2024 Person of the Year Event

The Chamber offers several categories of sponsorship for our flagship event: Inner Circle, Platinum, and Gold.

Each category offers a different level of benefits that promote your company and provide access to other events during the week. Please call +1 (212) 751-4691 or e-mail awardscommitteepoy@brazilcham.com for complete details.

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