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Luis Rasquilha, CEO AYR Worldwide
Luis Rasquilha Now leads the Trends & Innovation Global Consultancy Company – AYR Worldwide – as CEO. AYR is the 1st and unique global consultancy company, who uses Trends knowledge to boost Strategic Innovation, with offices in Lisbon, Madrid, São Paulo and Miami and presence in more than 30 countries, with local partners, all aligned by GTO - Global Trends Observatory, a global Coolhunt network, created by AYR with more than 20 companies and universities.
Also AYR created TRC (Trends Research Center), an academic unit to investigate and validate Trends, and launched AYR Insights (www.ayr-insights.com ), an online knowledge platform to support companies, professionals and students with ready-to-use information.
Luis Rasquilha is founder and head of the Future Advisory Board | ACIC INOVA AYR | RMC Campinas a discussion group with 15 CEO's from RMC (Região Metropolitana de Campinas) focused in Future, Trends and Business.
Ben Tavener, British Multimedia Journalist in Brazil.
Ben Tavener , British freelance multimedia journalist in Brazil. Ben is a producer and photographer based in São Paulo, reporting for radio, TV and news agencies and regulary posts on http://bentavener.com/ and Twitter.
He covers news from around Brazil and South America, focusing on politics, business and the environment and is a freelance correspondent for Anadolu Agency and the BBC covering Brazil and South America.
Ben recently spent three months in the north of Mato Grosso state working as part of a team guiding ecotourists at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge and Cristalino Private Nature Reserve, part of the southern extreme of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Ben was senior correspondent at The Rio Times between 2011-2013 reporting on the biggest political and economic stories of the region.
Gisela Lokpez and Donna J. Kelley, Babson College
Gisela Lokpez is Director Business Development at Babson Executive Education, a strategist and entrepreneur, she is founder of Techinvest International, a boutique-consulting firm focused originally on the Latin American energy, financial & techno-industrial sectors since the early 90’s growing later internationally, in the It and Wealth Management areas.
Donna J. Kelley, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. She teaches courses at Babson in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in Asia. She has made speeches for executives and taught at top universities in China and Korea, and worked in Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist.
SreyRam Kuy, MD, Co-author of Soul of a Tiger
Soul of a Tiger is the true story of her mom's life and her family's survival during the Killing Fields and escape from the Cambodian Genocide to the US. The book begins in the U.S. and is primarily seen through the eyes of the main character, Rachana (whose nickname is Cha-Cha).
SreyRam Kuy, MD was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. She and her family escaped Cambodia when she was a small child and spent several years in refugee camps before being sponsored to the United States by a Christian Missionary group. She grew up in Oregon, graduated as Valedictorian from Crescent Valley High School, and attended Oregon State University where she earned dual degrees in Philosophy and Microbiology. She attended medical school at Oregon Health Science University, then finished general surgery residency in Wisconsin. She also earned her master’s degree at Yale University School of Medicine in health services research.
Dr. Kuy’s passions are health policy, physician leadership and the underserved. She believes it is vitally important as physicians to advocate for our patients, and participate in the process of health care policy to strengthen our voice in healthcare policy development so we can better care for our patients. Because of this belief in the importance of physician leadership, Dr. Kuy has been involved in her local, professional and national community. As a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Scholar, she worked in the Washington DC office of Senator Tom Harkin, writing speeches and policy briefs on women’s health, coverage for breast cancer screening and treatment, Reauthorization of the Older American’s Act, health care instrument safety, and coverage of experimental studies.
Robyn Hatcher, Founder of SpeakEtc, New York
Robyn Hatcher is an author and communication skills expert who brings more than 17 years of experience to her position as Founder and Principal of SpeakEtc., a boutique communication and presentation-skills training company.
Robyn recently launched her first book, Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press, 2013), a complete presentations skills guide that contains a unique communication-style system called ActorTypes. Robyn knows from years of training others that most people have a core set of strengths that relate to one or more of nine different character types found in movies and TV. Using these personas, she provides readers with detailed tips and skills on how to polish strengths and minimize weaknesses so they can create and deliver stellar presentations and communicate with style – their own style.Patricia Doi, President, Co-Founder of Friends of Brazil at Purdue University
Patricia Branco Doi President and Co-Founder of Friends of Brazil at Purdue University is a Brazilian national who moved to the United States at the age of three and lived in Brazil again from the age of ten to fifteen.
She is President and Co-Founder of Friends of Brazil at Purdue University where she double majors in Accounting and Business Management and an assistant manager at Best Buy.Malu Franca and Celyta Jackson Directors, Sheraton WTC Hotel, Sao Paulo
Malu Franca, Relationship Director and Celyta Jackson, Design Director Sheraton Hotel , WTC Convention Center, Sao Paulo.
Celyta Jackson, International Tourism Marketing Executive, Global Markets, Strategic Alliances, Public RelationsFabiana Passoni, The Best Brazilian Female Singer living in the U.S.
Fabiana Passoni, the best Brazilian Female Singer living in the U.S. Chosen by the Brazilian International Press Awards’ 2012 Colégio Eleitoral composed of U.S. based Brazilian groups and community organizations as best Brazilian Female Singer living in the U.S. confirms Fabiana’s ability to connect her fans to her music. Her recent single Lovin’ You (2012) enjoyed several months in the Smooth Jazz charts. Another single, Rock With You will be released in August 2012 followed by an EP CD at the end of the year.
Fabiana’s three-year battle with breast cancer put her on a journey not only of survival but a discovery of her own personal musical style. With joyful rhythms and a velvety voice, Fabiana achieved her style with the acclaimed 2011 release of Naturalmente Brasil featuring 12 original tracks. Composed in the midst of her battle with cancer, chemotherapy and pregnancy, Fabiana’s dreams of continuing her career never faltered even among many setbacks. Her spirit propelled her rebounding success.
Eliana Souza, Owner and Director of SPin Tours Sao Paulo, Brazil
We will talk about Eliana´s upcoming presentation “Business Opportunities in Campinas, The World Cup will Come and Go, but Viracopos will remain!” to business owners and members of ACIC The Campinas Association of Commerce and Industry.
Eliana manages the Brazilian travel agency focused on the inbound market; Researching, analyzing and developing exclusive tourism itineraries for foreign visitors and top level executives as well as promoting Spin Tours in the Brazilian and global market.
SpinTours is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo and also Sponsor of the Talk 2 Brazil radio program.
Carlos Mariaca, President The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
Carlos Mariaca, Managing Partner – Center Group Corp. and President of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.
Tri-cultural academic and professional experience –- born Brazilian and North-American citizen, studied in São Paulo schools, completed university and MBA degrees in the USA (University of Miami – Bachelor of Arts – Major: International Finance and Marketing, and University of Miami – Masters of Business Administration – Dual Specialization: International Business / International Finance). Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Always worked as a CEO or Advisor to CEO’s, mainly in corporate services, in the USA, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin America markets.
Rodrigo Forte, Managing Director, EXEC - Executive Performance, Brazil
Rodrigo Forte, Managing Director, Exec Executive Performance, Brazil
Rodrigo Forte is a Lawyer, graduated from PUC/SP and post graduated in Business Administration from FGV/SP. His career was developed in law firms and in a worldwide multinational company leader of the recruitment and selection sector (Michael Page International), where he was Director and member of the Board in Brazil.
Founding member of EXEC Executive Performance , Rodrigo was one of the first executives to work with specialized recruitment in Brazil and has more than 13 years in HR, having evaluated over 8,000 executives. Also, Rodrigo works with Executive Coaching and Human and Organization Development projects.
Adam Gonnerman, Senior Technical Product Manager, Uberlandia, Brazil
Adam Gonnerman , Digital Project Manager from Missouri, by way of New York now in Uberlandia in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
We´ll talk about Adam´s challenges in relocating to Brazil as well as tips to others in a similar transition.
Adam has enjoyed a diverse professional life, having gone from English teacher in Uberlândia, Brazil to a short stint at a law office in Jersey City, New Jersey and then on to AT&T in the same state as an enterprise account manager. From there he stepped into a “multi-hat” web producer role at a startup company in New York before finding his way into project management at Condé Nast. While with Condé Nast he was the project manager for Wired.com, the first that brand had in this role since its acquisition from Lycos in 2006. In the year prior to his most recent move to Brazil he was a Senior Technical Product Manager for Scholastic, guiding online projects from conception to realization.
Svenja Kalteich, Amdassador InterNations Expat Community Campinas.
Svenja is a Life Coach, Business and Executive Coach, the Director of The Brazilian School of Wines, Whiskies and Beer and also a Ceramic Design Expert.
She graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München .
Stuart Morgan, Management Consultant, Management Trainer, UK
Stuart Morgan MA CMgr FCMI Chartered FCIPD FInstLM FRSPH (UK national)
Stuart Morgan is a management consultant and management trainer with substantial professional experience worldwide. He has substantial experience of Strategic management, Institutional capacity building, and human talent development.
With extensive experience of working as a senior advisor, he has worked in sixty-four countries worldwide, including Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Russia, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Timor Leste, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. A native of the United Kingdom, he has a basic knowledge of the Russian, French and Arab languages.
Moema Pimentel, Managing Director, Joao Conrado, CEO Ghetz Footware, London
Ghetz Footware was set up by Moema Pimentel, Managing Director, and Joao Conrado, CEO, both from Brazil. They identified a gap in the market for high quality yet sustainably made shoes at competitive prices.
Joao and Moema met in 1998 and formed a business partnership close to their roots as well as their hearts. Born in Franca, one of the shoe capitals of Brazil, they both have shoemaking in their blood. As natural entrepreneurs, they both have a very organic style of management and are open, friendly and flexible in business.
They established an office in London with a Ghetz team that is hands on and truly international, with people from South America, Europe, Asia and the UK. Such a multicultural melting pot brings diversity and a depth of experience resulting in a vibrant office culture.
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