About FGV Europe

FGV Europe is an international office of the Brazilian think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV.

Who we are

FGV Europe shares all FGV’s accumulated knowledge on Brazil, through research and projects, technical assistance, seminars, and publications. 

Such intellectual activities may stimulate and improve bi- and multilateral exchange and cooperation on themes of mutual interest. 

With a deep knowledge of the Brazilian economy, institutions, and society, FGV Europe has privileged access to business opportunities, high-level decision-makers, and potential project partners. It has specialists who guide the client through all stages of project planning, implementation, and management, and global reach through a wide network of international institutions.

EXPERTISE

Thanks to FGV’s long-standing expertise in strategic areas of the Brazilian and international socioeconomic scenario, FGV Europe’s experience covers a wide range of thematic areas, highlighting: Climate change, environment, energy, green hydrogen, just transition, digital acceleration, sustainable cities, food security, social inclusion, economic structuring, among others. 

MISSION

FGV Europe’s mission is to build bridges with strategic partners and explore opportunities for bilateral collaboration with governments, research institutions, international organizations, academics, think tanks, and private companies abroad. 

Internationalization

As one of the world’s leading think tanks, FGV maintains relationships with centers of education and research excellence all over the world.
These academic cooperation agreements with renowned institutions recognized by the international community involve conducting research, joint projects, and exchange opportunities for students, professors, researchers, and governments.

FGV pursues a deep understanding of the functioning of the Brazilian economy, institutions, and society and privileged access to unique business opportunities, high-level decision-makers, and potential project partners. Due to our pool of experts who guide the client through all stages of project planning, implementation, and management, we have a global reach through a broad network of international institutions.

THINK BRAZIL, THINK FGV

As one of the ten largest economies in the world, with a high demand for advanced technologies and ambitious plans to expand its economy, Brazil offers enormous market potential – especially for the export-oriented global economy.
As a Brazilian institution, FGV Europe is prepared to assist foreign institutions and companies with every aspect of entering the Brazilian market or expanding existing activities in the region.

Organizational Structure

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MANAGEMENT BOARD

President of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, a Civil Engineering graduate with a Ph.D. in Economics, is the current president of Fundação Getulio Vargas, previously serving in various roles at FGV and as a professor at FGV’s EPGE Brazilian School of Economics and Finance.

Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a master’s in Mathematical Economics from the National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and PhD in Economics from Princeton University, USA. He was a professor at FGV’s EPGE Brazilian School of Economics and Finance (FGV EPGE), in Rio de Janeiro, from 1986 to 1997, director of FGV-Business from 1992 to 1997, general director of EPGE from 1994 to 1997, and vice-president of FGV from 1997 to 2000. He is currently the president of Fundação Getulio Vargas and also a member of several boards of directors.

Director of FGV Europe
Dr. Cesar Cunha Campos, director at Fundação Getulio Vargas since 2003, has played a key role in FGV Projetos and is currently directing FGV Europe, overseeing international relationships, studies, and projects while utilizing his expertise in civil engineering, business administration, and transportation planning.

Dr. Cesar Cunha Campos has been a director of Fundação Getulio Vargas since 2003. Firstly as director of FGV Projetos and, from 2016 until the present moment, as director of FGV Europe. 

From 2003 to 2018, as executive director of FGV Projetos, the technical advisory unit of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), he coordinated a team of more than 300 specialists working in various areas of knowledge, such as economy, finance, management, and public policy.

Currently, as director of FGV Europe, Dr. Cunha Campos is responsible for the implementation and management of the first international office of FGV, the FGV Europe. The office establishes international relationships with global agents from the public and private sectors and develops international studies and projects. Moreover, he has developed projects for top Brazilian private and public corporations, especially feasibility studies for raising funds with major banks and development agencies, such as BNDES, IBRD, and IDB. Dr. Cunha Campos also undertook several international projects, and since 2010 he represents FGV, as a knowledge partner of OCDE.

He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Business Administration from London Business School, and a Ph.D. in Transportation Planning from Technische Universität Wien, Austria.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Manager of International Affairs
Sara is responsible for expanding the unit’s international operations, implementation of activities, monitoring and evaluation of results.
Manager of Representation Office
Mariana is responsible for coordinating activities and institutional relationships with partners from public and private sectors in Germany.
Advisor of Finance and Compliance
Francisco is the Head of Quality and Administration of FGV Europe.
Administrative and Quality Coordinator
Letícia joined Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in 2003, working for about 12 years as Quality Manager at FGV Projetos.
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Thomas, at FGV Europe since 2020, currently manages FGV Europes communication channels in coordination with the management team in Cologne.
Legal Advisory Services
Ralph serves as legal advisor to FGV Europe since 2016. Based in Cologne, he focus on bilateral relations between Brazil and Germany.
Legal Advisory Services
Ricardo serves as legal advisor to FGV Europe since 2016. Based in Cologne, he focus on bilateral relations between Brazil and Germany.
Accountant Services
Magdalena serves as accountant to FGV Europe. She performs the financial statement analysis according to the German and the Brazilian law.

EXPERTS

Project Manager | Infrastructure and Green Technologies
Marco works with infrastructure and green technologies for sustainable development.
Project Manager | Sustainability and Urban Development
Marco works with sustainability and urban development.
Project Analyst | Sustainability and Urban Development
Andrea works with sustainable development, territorial governance, and Smart Cities.
Project Manager | Agriculture, Monitoring and Evaluation
Marcus is currently the Project Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation for the GEF project “Amazon Sustainable Landscapes - ASL (Phase 2).
Project Manager | Agribusiness, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Financial Structuring
Cleber works with financial structuring of projects in the agricultural and industrial sectors in Africa and Latin America.
Project Technical Coordinator | Agriculture and Regional Development
Giuliano works with agriculture and regional development in several countries of African and Latin America.
Project Manager | Financial Structuring, Exports and Imports, Risk assessment
Vitor works with Export Credit Insurance of infrastructure, aviation, capital goods, transport and defense.
Executive Manager
Luiz Gustavo works with multidisciplinary teams and developing projects for the public and private sectors.
Senior Consultant
José works with Education, Development and Research in the filed of economics.
Senior Project Manager
André works with solutions related to public, private management and advanced research projects within FGV's operational portfolio.
Media Relations Specialist
Vanessa works with promoting the transfer of agricultural and environmental technology to the planet's tropical belt.
Lawyer | Investment and corporate affairs in sports
Pedro works with investment and corporate affairs in sports.
Environment and Social Safeguards Specialist
Fabíola works with environmental management, as well as social and economic development in the state of Amazonas.

PROFESSIONAL FELLOWS

Professional Fellow
Lunting researches about international relations focussed on South America, Asia and Europe.
Professional Fellow
Rafael researches about applied behavioral sciences and decision-making in public policies.
Professional Fellow
Daniele researches aspects of poverty, inequality, and broader comparative social policy.
Professional Fellow
Artur researches about environmental management, oil spills monitoring, sustainable architecture, urban and territorial planning.
Professional Fellow
Francesco researches about strategic studies, stakeholders engagement initiatives, policy monitoring and media relations activities.
Professional Fellow
Larissa researches about government technology and innovation, smart cities, and digital transformation strategies.
Professional Fellow
Antonio researches about global politics, strategy and governance.

Think Brazil
Think FGV

As one of the ten largest economies in the world, with a high demand for advanced technologies and ambitious plans to expand its economy, Brazil offers enormous market potential – especially for the export-oriented global economy.

However, doing business in Brazil involves dealing with its distinctive business culture and administrative procedures. As a Brazilian institution, FGV Europe is prepared to assist foreign institutions and companies with every aspect of entering the Brazilian market or expanding existing activities in the region.

Our comparative advantage includes: 

A deep understanding of the functioning of the Brazilian economy, institutions, and society;
A privileged access to unique business opportunities, high-level decision-makers, and potential project partners;
A pool of experts that guide the client through all stages of project planning, implementation, and management;
A global reach through a broad network of international institutions.

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