Keynote Speakers

Laura Carvalho is a Professor at the Department of Economics of University of São Paulo. She holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research (2012) and her research focuses on topics in Macroeconomics and Development Economics, particularly on the relationship between economic growth and income distribution. Besides publishing academic articles in scientific journals, Laura is currently an op-ed columnist for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. She is also the author of the best-selling book “Valsa Brasileira”, which charts the trajectory of the Brazilian economy during the presidencies of Lula, Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer.

Alexandre Antonelli is Director of Science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he is Founder and Director of Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre and Full Professor in Systematics and Biodiversity at University of Gothenburg. Antonelli is also a Chairman and founder of, an innovation company developing mobile applications for multiple biodiversity purposes, focused on the logging, identification, sharing and use of species observations by citizens and scientists.

His main scientific goal is to understand the evolution and distribution of biodiversity, by studying the formation, extinction, and migration of species. He is interested in understand the relative roles of abiotic and biotic drivers of biodiversity changes through space and time. Most of his work has dealt with the tropics, especially in South America.

Maria Augusta Paim works on environmental law research in a range of topics, from the laws of sustainable transitions within climate change strategies to the influences of new technologies in shaping ocean governance for the protection of the marine environment. She read international public law (PhD, São Paulo University), and maritime law (LL.M., University of Southampton, British Council Chevening Award). She is a Research Associate at the The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), where she has taught International Environmental Law and Energy and Climate Change. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, she practised law in São Paulo as a dispute resolution advocate.