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Our Team

Pour le Brésil was founded in September 2019 by Felipe Lauritzen, Vinícius Reis and Vivian Kawanami, all Brazilian students from the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). The association was founded with the purpose of promoting this fruitful exchange between Brazilian personalities and our leaders of tomorrow - the youth.

This dialogue between these two groups is a core principle of our conference, as we will have students from many different countries not only participating actively in the conference, but also involved in its organisation process.

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Co-Presidency

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Davi Neustein Maciel

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Davi is a Master's student in International Governance and Diplomacy at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). Having worked in the public, private, and third sectors, he is interested in the process of creating public policies related to sustainability and aims to return to Brazil after finishing his master's degree. Graduated in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris, he was at the Poitiers campus, specializing in Latin American studies.

Alicia Magnac

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Alicia is currently in her first year of her Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at SciencesPo. She grew up in a French-Brazilian family, and although he has always lived in France, his heart belongs to Brazil and its state, Ceará, which he knows very well. She is very interested in gender issues, postcolonial studies, especially in Brazil, and the culture of this beautiful country (music, literature, art, …). She is interested in working in a Brazilian association or organization to defend the cause of women.

Felipe Jukemura

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Felipe is a Master's student in International Development at Sciences Po with a concentration in Global Economics and sustainability. Graduated in International Relations from PUC-SP and SciencesPo. He has worked with international cooperation, sustainable development, green finance and the Amazon theme. Today he works for ICLEI and CEBRAP, in addition to being a researcher at the Center for Studies in International Relations (NERIPUC) and a member of the Brazilian electoral observatory of the Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC).

Executive Coordination

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Thaís Arantes

Scholarship Coordinator

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Thaís is an Environmental Technician at the Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo (Ifes) and is studying her first year of graduation at the Euro-Latin-American Campus of Sciences Po, in Poitiers. Her desire is to combine her interests in International Relations and the Environment and carry out studies in Environmental Policy at PSIA. She aims to operate in Brazil in the future and is very interested in the work of NGOs and international organizations, especially in the Atlantic Forest.

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Anouk Costentin

Communications Coordinator

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Anouk completed a degree in Philosophy and Political Science at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po and is specializing this year in environmental policy (PSIA). She became interested in Pour Le Brésil as the association thinks about contemporary issues involving the Amazon lands. Thus, being a member allowed her to reconcile two great passions: indigenous issues and climate justice, in which she specialized during a university exchange in Montreal.

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Vinícius Bernardes

Research Coordinator

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Vinícius Bernardes da Silva Schaefers Paul, 21 years old, is pursuing a master's degree in International Relations at Sciences Po after graduating in Political Science from the same university. From Goiás, Vinicius grew up moving from country to country, which certainly sparked his curiosity for cultural exchange on one hand, and on the other, an irresistible calling to turn to his own land and serve Brazil by participating in cultural, debate, and academic initiatives whenever possible. Three years ago, he joined PLB, where he have learned a lot and witnessed increasingly inspiring projects emerge and bear fruit. Now, Vinicius coordinate the Research team, driven by the desire to contribute to the creation of spaces where we discuss Brazil and work for Brazil.

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Tarquinia Palmieri

Formation Coordinator

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Tarquinia is an Italian student starting her Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA. After graduating last year from Bocconi University in International Politics, she flew to Rio de Janeiro to volunteer at an NGO focused on ensuring education for children and adolescents in the favelas. Her aspiration is to contribute throughout her career to the empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized people.

Formation Team

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Maria Antônia Deziderio

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Maria Antônia is Brazilian, from Bahia, and a law student at USP (University of São Paulo). Currently, she is on an exchange program at SciencesPo in Paris. She is interested in human rights, economic law, and development.

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Isabela Canto

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Researcher of innovative and regenerative solutions in the Amazon. Holds a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra (PT) with an extension at Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas (FR). Founder of CANTO, a dynamic space in Belém, and HEVEA, a creative hub for Amazonian fashion and design. Has training in International Law, copywriting, trend research, digital product design, regenerative design, and project management. A cultural producer and creator of the podcasts "Fivela do Rio" and "Coral - Ciclo de aprendizados," both supported by cultural incentive grants. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator of Human Rights at the Secretariat for Racial Equality and Human Rights of the State of Pará.

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Júlia Simões

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Julia is an undergraduate student in Social Sciences at the University of Brasília, currently interning in the field of Human Rights at the Federal Highway Police (PRF). She has been involved in various social projects that aim to extend knowledge beyond the walls of universities.

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Adèle Masquilier

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Adèle Masquilier is in her first year of Master's degree in the Urban School of Sciences Po, studying Ecological Transition in European Cities. She is French but has lived in Latin America for one year in Chile and has learnt Portuguese in the Brazilian community of Lisbon. With her years studying in the Poitiers campus, focused on latin-america studies, she got very interested in the political challenges of the country. She is obviously fond of Brazilian culture as well. She is interested in gender studies, climate justice as well as postcolonial studies.

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Giulia Galebe

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Giulia Galebe is Masters student in Population and Development in Paris, France. With a focus on addressing global development issues, she is passionate about advocating for the health and rights of women in the global South. She is currently engaged in research for her master's thesis and collaboration with an NGO in the Xingu region of Brazil. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she is currently based in Paris, exploring the intricate dynamics of societal institutions and their impact on populations.

Communications Team

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Thaís Oliveira

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Thaís Oliveira, Urban Architect from the Federal University of Amapá, and a master's student in Urban Planning at the Federal University of Paraná. She is also a researcher at the Public Space Observatory of UFPR. A passionate North Brazilian about social studies, culture, and public policies, she is interested in discussing the Amazon and the issues of its territory to contribute to the debates, bringing her perspective as an urban planner and researcher of Northern urban spaces and identities. As an enthusiast for the dissemination of knowledge, she is part of the communication team at Pour Le Brésil.

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Raphael Priëto

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Raphaël Angel Prieto is Franco-Brazilian and spent most of his life in France. He joined Sciences Po Le Havre in 2020, and three years later, he began studying in the master's program of Communication, Media, and Creative Industries. During his exchange at USP in 2022, he had the opportunity to reconnect with his Brazilian identity. Now at Pour Le Brésil, he is part of the communication team.

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Maria Clara Reis

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Currently a law student at Unifamaz in Belém do Pará and intern at SESMA (Municipal Health Department). At 19 years old, She is devoted to feminist studies and passionate about international law and diplomacy issues. At Pour Le Bresil, she works in the field of Social Communication.

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Scholarship Team

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Camille Naviner

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19 years old, Camille is Franco-Brazilian (grew up in the Paris region). She's a part of the dual-degree program between Sciences Po and UC Berkeley. Currently, she's in her second year on the Reims campus, enrolled in the "political humanities" program. In PLB, she's part of the scholarship program. Camille has a keen interest in environmental justice, women's rights and how they intersect.

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Pollyana Bernardes

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Pollyana de Carvalho Bernardes is an undergraduate student in International Relations at the University of the Amazon. She is 21 years old and was one of the selected participants in the first scholarship application process by Pour Le Brésil for students from the Amazon region. Currently, she is part of the team for the second selection process, working towards implementing an increasingly fair and equitable process. Originally from Belém do Pará, Pollyana is interested in sharing her experiences with the world, aiming to shed light on the reality of the region and to find spaces where the voice of the Amazon can lead discussions on environmental issues.

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Marcos Aurélio

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Graduated in Portuguese-French Letters (UEPG), Specialist in Innovation Management (UNINTER), Ph.D. in Geography (UFPR) - Postdoctoral Fellow in the Postgraduate Program in Intelligence Technologies and Digital Design at PUC/SP. Educational manager in the areas of evaluation, distance education, and educational management. Co-founder and CEO of the Edtech PreparaEDU.

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Olivia Sabini-Leite

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Olivia is Brazilian-American and is pursuing a Master's Degree in International Governance and Diplomacy with a concentration in Global Risks at Sciences Po, after graduating from Smith College with a Bachelor's Degree in Government and Latin American and Latino Studies. She is passionate about the rights of women and marginalized peoples, social justice and migration. With previous experience in both international and local level NGOs, she hopes to use her background to engage with professionals at the international and national levels to advocate for solutions to global and local challenges.

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Angélica Triani

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Angélica Triani, 26 years old, born and raised in the capital of Roraima, Boa Vista. She is an Architect and Urban Planner graduated from the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), where she also taught for 2 years. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Society and Borders at the same institution and works as a Project Clerk at IOM-UN Migration, within the Acolhida Operation in response to the Venezuelan migration to Brazil. In PLB, she is part of the scholarship team and is a former scholar from the first group selected to study at Sciences Po in Paris in July 2023, through the PLB Transatlantic Dialogues program.

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Deiweson Monteiro

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Deiweson Souza-Monteiro is 24 years old, originally from Belém-Pará, and is a dentist and master's student at the Federal University of Pará. His research includes the relationship between health and the toxic effects of metals exploited in the Amazon, such as aluminum and mercury. He also studies the therapeutic potential of natural Amazonian bioactives. He was a scholarship recipient of the Pour le Brésil scholarship program and is part of the Scholarship team. He has an interest in public health and toxicology.

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Lucyane Mendes

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Graduated in Biomedicine with a specialization in Clinical Analysis. Master's degree in Hematology from the State University of Amazonas (UEA) in partnership with the Amazonas Hematology and Hemotherapy Foundation (HEMOAM). Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine from the State University of Amazonas (UEA) in partnership with the Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado Tropical Medicine Foundation (FMT-HVD). Lecturer in Health Sciences courses and Coordinator of Research, Extension, and Internationalization at Martha Falcão Wyden College (FMF). Collaborator in the Exchange Scholarship Committee of the "Transatlantic Dialogues" Program of Le Pour Brésil (PLB). I have experience in the areas of Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, and Entomology with emphasis on vector-arbovirus interactions, cell culture, molecular and immunological techniques of invasive bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.

Research Team

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Sofia Urech

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Sofia is a Master’s student in International Governance and Diplomacy at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) - SciencesPo with a concentration in Latin American studies. Graduated in Political Science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She has experience working in the private and third sector and is interested in gender issues as well as in the development of better public governance in Latin America.

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Noah Matthews

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Noah is a North American History MA student at SciencesPo. He holds a degree in International Relations from Loyola University Chicago. He previously worked as an intern for an association that relocates refugees in Chicago and as an English teacher. His research interests are currently focused on understanding the construction of the idea of ​​race across different cultures with an emphasis on reducing inequalities.

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João Victor Oliveira

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João is a master's student in International Macroeconomics at the Sorbonne University Paris Nord. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).

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Irlanna Ramos

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Irlanna Ramos is native of Belém do Pará. She is a historian graduated from the State University of Pará (UEPA) and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Gender and Sexuality Public Policy Promotion in the Amazon at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA). At 26 years old, she is a member of the Research team at Pour le Brésil. Irlanna's research focuses on black women's cinema in the Amazon, with an emphasis on the subjectivities and experiences of residents in the Amazon region. She is interested in topics related to gender, sexuality, culture, decolonial feminism, and intersectionality intertwined with the territory. Irlanna believes in education and the promotion of culture as tools for social transformation.

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Mariana Rotheia

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Mariana Romling Rotheia Andrade is a final year law student at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a student in the international studies program at the University Panthéon-Assas. She is part of the research group at Pour le Brésil. Originally from Belo Horizonte, Mariana began her university studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, studying literature and law. Passionate about human and social sciences, her main academic interests lie in public law, international law, women's rights, political science, and international relations. Since the beginning of her university studies, she has shown a keen interest in academic research, conducting scientific research in the fields of literature and linguistics, as well as in the area of social law concerning the wage gap between men and women in Brazil. Currently, she is interested in research with a comparative perspective between Brazil and France.

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Anna Gibasiewicz

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Anna Gibasiewicz is from Poland, and she is a member of the research team at Pour Le Bresil. Currently in the first year of a master's program in International Governance and Diplomacy at Sciences Po, she is also completing her law degree in Poland. Last year, Anna completed her bachelor's degree in political science and Brazilian studies, demonstrating a strong interest in Brazilian politics, particularly its legal and international aspects. She had the opportunity to intern at the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, gaining experience in Polish-Brazilian trade and economic relations. Anna aspires to work as a diplomat in the future to strengthen Polish-Brazilian relations.

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Jade Vincent

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As a Franco-Brazilian raised in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America, Jade has always been fully aware of the cultural and political differences that separate nations and of the common humanity that unites them, despite these differences. This awareness has fueled her increasing interest in current events and politics, and how these forces shape the present and future world. Her experiences and curiosity have led her to pursue a master's degree in International Security with a focus on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at Sciences Po in Paris. For Jade, PLB and specifically the research team represent a means of incorporating Brazil, the place she considers her homeland, into international affairs. She sees this as an opportunity to understand and create space and perspective for Brazil on the global stage.

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