Event Brazil – strategic partner for the EU, powerful player in the Global South

Brazil – strategic partner for the EU, powerful player in the Global South

Date(s) - 22/06/2023
10:00 - 12:00

Press Club Brussels Europe


Brazil – strategic partner for the EU, powerful player in the Global South

Conference by Prof. Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal

President of the Brazilian Getulio Vargas Foundation

After the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as President of Brazil, foreign delegations queue up in the Brazilian capital. Heads of government, ministers as well as commissioners are travelling to South America’s largest country, where green energy as well as raw materials entice. No doubt, Brazil is back with a wave of change and commitment in EU-Brazil relations. The EU-Mercosur negotiations are moving forward with long-awaited reunions of EU-Mercosur chief negotiators. There is momentum to find lasting consensus on trade relations and seize opportunities in the Brazil-EU Strategic Partnership and the EU’s role in Latin America. In the run-up to the EU-Latin America summit in mid-July, the EU is already working on a new Latin America strategy that not only envisages sustainable investments, but also close cooperation in the field of green energy and raw materials.

However, Lula is thinking far beyond Europe. He has a concept for a new world order in which Brazil deserves an important place, for example at the UN Security Council. Brazil, with its 217 million inhabitants, should have a permanent seat there to represent Latin America. He is even shaking the most powerful foundation of the current world order: the US dollar.

How does all this look from a Brazilian perspective? Prof. Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President of the Brazilian Getulio Vargas Foundation, will provide information and explain the situation.

The non-partisan Fundação Getulio Vargas is the oldest university of economics in Brazil with an affiliated think tank, based in Rio de Janeiro. It is considered by the University of Pennsylvania to be the most important think tank in Latin America and one of the most important in the world.

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About the Fundação Getulio Vargas

The Fundação Getulio Vargas is the oldest business school in Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro. It is considered the most important think tank in Latin America and the 7th most important in the world by the University of Pennsylvania. It is the central cadre school for the largest and most important country in Latin America.

FGV has a long tradition of excellence in research, innovation and consulting in the fields of administration, economics, law, social sciences and applied mathematics. FGV maintains academic cooperation agreements with prestigious institutions around the world that include research, joint projects and exchanges of students and professors.

The Fundação Getulio Vargas was founded on 20 December 1944. Its original goal was to train qualified people to work in Brazil’s public and private administration. At that time, the country was already beginning to lay the foundations for the growth of the following decades. In anticipation of a new era, the FGV decided to expand its scope and move from the limited area of administration to the broader area of social and economic sciences. The institution went beyond the boundaries of teaching, also into the areas of research and information, and became known as a centre of excellence.

FGV is a non-partisan institution, although it is strongly committed to Brazil’s national interests. In addition to a representative office in Cologne, FGV maintains partnerships with over 250 renowned institutions in America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. FGV’s most important partner countries are the USA, France and Germany. In Germany alone, FGV works with 35 partner universities. More than 1000 professors and researchers from FGV schools visited universities abroad and more than 500 foreign professors and researchers visited FGV schools. The purpose of these partnerships is to promote academic and professional experiences around the world among its faculty and students.


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About Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal

Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal has been the president of Fundação Getulio Vargas, a Brazilian think tank and educational institution based in Rio de Janeiro, since 2000.

Before joining as a President of FGV, he was a economics’ professor at the FGVEPGE and consultant for Brazil’s central bank.

In 2002, he was awarded the National Order of Scientific Merit by President Cardoso for his contributions to the fields of science and technology.
He has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He earned a degree in civil engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Professor Simonsen Leal was granted with the Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France through its Prime Minister’s Decree in October 2008 and has been decorated with the Order of Naval Merit by the Brazilian Naval Service (Class of Support Commander), the Medal of the Peacemaker by the Brazilian Army and the Tamandare Merit Medal by Brazil Navy. He is Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

During his tenure as president of FGV, sixteen undergraduate and twenty PhD programs were created. Also FGV became first in the Ministry of Education of Brazil ranking for best schools. And having started at 27th in the ranking of the University of Pennsylvania for Think Tanks in 2000, FGV ranked 3rd since 2019.