Invited speakers

The II Research to Business Meeting 2021 – Projects Development for Cities of the Future in Brazil - taking place in a virtual format on September 8-9, 2021 - features national and international key stakeholders from the public, diplomatic, private and academic spheres. This dialogue is fundamental to create the basis for cooperation in the development of sustainable smart cities in Brazil.

II Research To Business Meeting 2021

Day I



10:00 – 10:20 BR / 15:00 – 15:20 CET

Francesco Azzarello, Ambassador

Embassy of Italy in Brazil

Born in Palermo on December 23, 1958. He is married and has two daughters. Holds an University degree (1981) in Economics from LUISS University in Rome. In his diplomatic career since March 1986, he initially worked with Disarmament and Arms Control at the Directorate General for Political Affairs. In 1988 he was First Commercial Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Tehran. From 1991 to 1995 he was Consul in Adelaide, Australia.
Back in Rome, he was appointed Regent of the Department for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture in Italian Communities abroad, within the General Directorate of Emigration and Social Affairs. From 1997 to 2000, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Tirana. From 2000 to 2003 he was in the General Directorate for Multilateral Economic and Financial Cooperation, External Debt and Export Credit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), also occupying the position of Head of the Italian Delegation at the Paris Club. From 2007 to 2008, he was at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the United Nations in New York, where he was Political Coordinator during the Italian biennium as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. From 2008 to 2011, back in Italy, he held the position of Head of the Private Secretariat of the Undersecretary of State for Europe, European Union, Horn of Africa and Italians in the world. From 2012 to 2016 he was Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative of Italy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPAQ), also serving as President of the Executive Board of the Organization (from 2015 to 2016). On June 25, 2015, he is an agent of the Government in the arbitration between Italy and India for the accident of Enrica Lexie. After returning to the Ministry, he was appointed Director of the National Authority UAMA (Unit Authorization Materials Armament). Since January 7, 2020, he has been the Italian Ambassador to Brazil, with secondary accreditation for Suriname.

Claudio Castro, Governor

Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Born in Santos, in the interior of the State of São Paulo. As a child, he lived in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In 2005, he graduated in Law. In addition to being a lawyer, he is also a musician, composer and an evangelist. He is married and the father of two children. For 12 years he was chief of staff at the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro. In 2016, he won the Rio City Councilor elections by the Christian Social Party (PSC), with more than 10 thousand votes, where he held the position for 2 years. He also participated in the Board of Directors of the Chamber, in the role of 2nd Secretary. In October 2018, composed the group application for the state government, winning with more than four million and six hundred thousand valid votes (4,675,355).

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro 

He is 51 years old, is Cristine's husband and Bernardo and Isabela's father. He holds a degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).
A proud Carioca – from Vasco and from Porto -, he started working for Rio when he was still young. At the age of 23, he assumed the Subprefecture of Jacarepaguá and Barra. Two years later, he was elected the best voted councilor in Brazil. In 1998, he became the best voted federal deputy in the city. Between 2009 and 2016, he was Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and, during his term, he transformed the lives of millions of Cariocas, creating the Family Clinics, the BRT, the new UPAs, the School of Tomorrow – full-time teaching -, the Park Madureira, the Bilhete Único, the EDIs, the Central 1746, and many other projects. He is currently the Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro.

Eliana Cardoso Emediato de Azambuja

General Coordinator of Digital Transformation

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations

Paolo Miraglia Del Giudice

Consul General of Italy in Rio de Janeiro 




10:30 – 11:15 BR / 15:30 – 16:15 CET

Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha

Professor and Coordinator in the area of Technologies and Governments at the Center for Public Administration and Government Studies

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGVceapg)

Carlos Eduardo Cardoso, Responsible for e-city

Enel X Brasil

Janilson Bezerra

Head of Innovation and Business Development

TIM Brasil

Luigi Lupoli,

Vice President Product Marketing and Strategic Campaigns Coordinator for International Market

Leonardo S.p.A

Luigi Lupoli is Vice President Product Marketing and Strategic Campaigns Coordinator for International Market in Leonardo. He Coordinates the activity relating market development for Cyber Security and Information Security Systems, Homeland Protection and Professional Communication, Air Traffic control and Management, Baggage Handling Systems, working closely with customers and partners to identify and pursue new opportunities which increase the company’s market share and International Market presence.
Prior to this position he has been head of International Sales for Cyber Security Solutions, giving also his contribution to the initiatives to develop Cyber Intelligence platform.
Over 30 years of professional experience in high tech and ICT products and solutions, he covered sales, marketing and business development function as well as management position with P&L responsibility, head of regional branch and country organization for multinational companies.  Knowledge of National and International market such as Telecommunication, Industrial and Utilities, Government Institutions, with know-how in Cyber and Physical Security, Intelligence & Mining, Sentiment & Behavior Analysis, Network Management, Data Management and Enterprise Solution. 
He has been member of Technological Group in the Security National Observatory (OSN) inside the Italian Ministry of Defense Research Centre, has been member at AFCEA Italian chapter and member of internal GDL for RPAS and ATM Resilience

Filippo Scelza, Managing Partner and Head of Government Affairs

Impetus Public Affairs

Master in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Public Policy, from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of Fundação Getulio Vargas (EBAPE-FGV) and Università Degli Studi di Bergamo (UniBg), Specialist in Public Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) ); Certified in Negotiations by Harvard Business School, in Management of Development Projects by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and in Public Policies in the Context of the European Community by the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE); Graduated in Legal and Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is partner and head of Government Relations at Impetus Public Affairs consultancy; also performs the functions of Director and Coordinator of the Environment Committee of the Brazilian Association of Institutional and Governmental Relations (ABRIG) and Director of Institutional Relations of the Brazilian Association of Telecommunications (ABTELECOM). Acted as Undersecretary of State, coordinating several institutional cooperation projects, national and international, being responsible for regulatory policies on technology and innovation; while performing his duties in the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, he had a seat and vote in the National Council of Secretaries of State for Science, Technology and Innovation Affairs (CONSECTI), in the Consortium for the Integration of the South and Southeast States (COSUD) and in the Permanent Policy Commission for the Economic Development of the State of Rio de Janeiro (CPPDE).




11:15 – 12:00 BR / 16:15– 17:00 CET

Antonella Cavallari, Secretary-General

Italian-Latin American Institute (IILA)

Born in Rome on June 12, 1961. Graduated from the University of Florence - Bachelor of Political Science (April 30, 1984) and postgraduate course in preparation for the Diplomatic Career Competition (Fondazione Studi e Ricerche Internazionali, 1985/86). She entered the diplomatic career, with commercial specialization (February 1987) and conducted a professional training course at the Diplomatic Institute (February - November 1987). Moreover she has occupied the following positons:

•    Legation Secretary (November 1987-March 1991) in the Office of European Affairs - Directorate General for Economic Affairs;
•    First commercial secretary at the Italian Embassy in Cairo (March 1991 - August 1995);
•    Participant in the Business Administration training course in Japan, with a grant from the European Union and the Japanese Government (September 1995 - January 1996);
•    Head of the Consular Section at the Embassy in Tokyo (February 1996-December 1998);
•    Head of the Department responsible for Italians Abroad in the General Directorate of Emigration and Social Affairs (December 14, 1998-2005);
•    Head of the Department for the organization of Italian elections abroad in the General Directorate of Italians Abroad and Migration Policies (September 2005 - June 2006);
•    Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Danieli, with delegate for Italians abroad, budgetary matters and organization of the diplomatic network (July 2006 - April 2008);
•    Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of State Vincenzo Scotti with delegate for the Countries of the Americas, UN, relations with the Italian regions in matters of external relations, financial and budgetary matters (May 2008- July 2009);
•    On leave in Brasilia, accompanying her husband, Italian Ambassador to Brazil (2009-2012);
•    Ambassador of Italy in Asunción (February 2013-August 2016);
•    Vice Director of the General Directorate for Globalization and Central Director for the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (from September 2016 to today);
•    Delegate of the Italian Government to the IILA and Vice President of IILA;
•    Currently, Secretary General of the IILA, International Italian-Latin American Organization, since February 24, 2019.
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•    Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in the degree of Official Knight;
•    Order of the Precious Crown of the Japanese Government;
•    Order of Merit of the Federative Republic of Brazil;
•    National Order of Merit of the Republic of Paraguay in the degree of Grand Cross;
•    May Order of Merit of the Argentine Republic in the grade of Grand Officer;
•    National Order of Rio Branco of the Federative Republic of Brazil in the degree of Grand Cross;
•    Bernardo O'Higgins Order of the Republic of Chile in the rank of Grand Officer.

Marcia Massotti, Head of Sustainability

Enel do Brasil

Graduated in Economics from PUC-RJ, with a master's degree in Economics with an emphasis on Finance from IBMEC-RJ, post-graduate degree in Marketing from IAG PUC, in Entrepreneurship from ESPM and in Business Management from Fundação Dom Cabral. Marcia has been in the Enel Group for 12 years and since six years as Sustainability director, responsible for the implementation of the group's entire Sustainability strategy in Brazil. Previously, she worked in the financial market and in the telecommunications sector. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the UN Global Compact Network Brazil.

Luca Belli

Prof. of Governance and Internet Regulation and Coordinator of the Technology and Society Center

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV Direito Rio)

Luca Belli is a professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, in Rio de Janeiro, where he coordinates the Technology and Society Center (CTS-FGV) and the CyberBRICS project. Luca is also Director of the Latin American Conference on Computers Privacy and Data Protection ( and member of the Board of the Alliance for Affordable Internet. Master (JD) in Law from the Università degli Studi di Torino and Doctor (PhD) in Public Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2.

Jess Reia

Assistant Professor

School of Data Science, University of Virginia

Jess Reia is a Professor at the School of Data Science at the University of Virginia. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University between 2019 and 2021, as well as a BMO Fellow at the Montreal Centre for Interdisicplinary Research. She worked as a Professor and Project Leader at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Law Rio between 2011 and 2019. She also serves as a Fellow of NewCities' AI4HealthyCities initiative, a member of the MTL 24/24 Night Council in Montreal, and as an advisor to the Think Tank Urban AI. She holds a PhD and MA in Communication from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a BA in Public Policy Management from the University of São Paulo. Her work focuses on the power relations between technologies, urban infrastructure and people.


Marco Saverio Ristuccia

Project leader of infrastructure and green technologies for sustainable development

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV Europe)   

Marco Ristuccia joined FGV in 2011 and is currently project coordinator at FGV Europe, where he works in infrastructure and green technologies for sustainable development. Prior to that, he worked as a project coordinator at FGV Projetos, focusing on Smart Cities and technological innovation, infrastructure and utility management and financing, PPP projects, corporate social responsibility and structuring company-territory relationships for “value creation” in the energy sector. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst in the economic and financial assessment of the investment risk profile for ENI, Dexia-Crediop, BNL-Paribas and Invitalia, and in the technical consulting sector in Italy (Éupolis Lombardia, Quesire srl, Struttura srl, Cles srl, Italian Consiglio per le Scienze Sociali, Federculture, Openeconomics). Master in Economic Sciences and graduated in Economics from the Universitá La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). Specialized in Probabilistic Mathematics for financial risk control.




10:00 – 10:20 BR / 15:00 – 15:20 CET

Paolo Miraglia Del Giudice, General-Consul

Consulate General of Italy in Rio de Janeiro

Born in Naples on June 20, 1965. Graduated in Political Science at the Oriental University Institute of Naples. He started his diplomatic career in 1991. After having served in Rome in the General Directorate for Emigration and Social Affairs, he was appointed Consul in Recife in 1995. He then served at the Italian Embassy in London as Press Advisor for 1999 to 2003.
He takes up the position of Head of the Central America and Caribbean Unit in Rome in 2004. General Consul in Canton in 2007 and First Counselor at the Italian Embassy in Caracas in 2011. He then assumes the functions of Head of the Central Europe Unit with the European Union General Directorate in 2014. Since August 13, 2018, Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Awarded in 2013 with the commendation of Official Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic.

Fabio Naro, Scientific Attaché

Embassy of Italy in Brazil

Dr. Serginho, Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation

Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Dr. Serginho is a lawyer with extensive experience in public administration. Graduated in Law from Universidade Cândido Mendes and post-graduated in Public Law from Universidade Estácio de Sá, he was elected for the term of state deputy in the period 2019/2023, of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and left the position to assume the Science, Technology and Innovation portfolio. Born in Cabo Frio, married and father of one daughter, he has a career built in municipalities in the Rio de Janeiro Region of Lagos, where he held the position of attorney general in his hometown and also in Arraial do Cabo and Armação dos Búzios.

Eduardo Cavalieri

Municipal Secretary for the Environment, Rio de Janeiro City Hall

Born, raised, and graduated in Rio, Eduardo Cavaliere studied Law and Applied Mathematics at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) with a full scholarship and international experience in China.

Experienced in civil society, private enterprise, and public administration, Cavaliere is Secretary of Environment for the City of Rio de Janeiro.




10:30 – 11:15 BR / 15:30 – 16:15 CET

Silvia La Ferla

Head of City Relations and Cooperation Unit

Office of the Mayor of Milan, City of Milan, Italy

Bruno Santos de Oliveira

Head of the General Coordination of International Relations and Cooperation

City of Rio de Janeiro

Graduated in Law and International Relations, he joined the Brazilian Foreign Service as a career diplomat in 2007. Abroad, he was posted to Brazil's mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York, as well as to the Brazilian Embassy in Budapest, as head of the political sector. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, he worked at the Secretariat for Diplomatic Planning, at the Press Office and at the Office of the Minister of State.

He was also head of the Secretariat for Articulation and Institutional Development (SADI) of the Ministry of Culture and Parliamentary Secretary at the Chamber of Deputies, where he served as Chief of Staff.

In the private sector, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers do Brasil and Subsea7 do Brasil, in both cases in the area of tax consultancy.

He took office as Chief of the General Coordination for International Relations and Cooperation of the City of Rio de Janeiro in February 2021.

Andrea Aliscioni

Director of Water Service, MM S.p.A.

Director of the Water Service at MM S.p.A., the public company that manages the Milan water service.
Graduated in environmental engineering, I worked for the environment sector for 20 years, covering growing roles both in the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally. From 2013 in MM S.p.A. where I hold the role of Water Service Director. The management of the water service in Milan is characterized by important technical performances, among which the low percentage of water losses in the distribution network and the complete reuse of purified water for irrigation purposes stand out in a consolidated perspective of circular economy.

Alexandre Cardeman

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Rio Operations Center

ALEXANDRE CARDEMAN, Systems Analyst, post-graduate in Network Technologies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ and in Public Policy Management from the University Institute for Research in Rio de Janeiro - IUPERJ, has specialization courses in Data Communication Network and Information Security and has taken an executive training course in Sustainability of Cities at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander / Spain.
With over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Management, he has extensive experience in developing and coordinating high-impact Corporate Projects for the public sector, having played different roles as leader in the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro.
He actively participated in strategic positions in the coordination and operational planning of all major events in the city of Rio de Janeiro (Pan American Games 2007, Rock in Rio, Rio+20, World Youth Day, Military World Games, Confederations Cup 2013, World Cup 2014 and Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016).
Having held positions as: Chief Executive Officer of the Rio Operations Center - COR (2017/2018 A 2020), Chief Technology Officer of the Rio Operations Center - COR (2010/ 2017) for 7 years and director of its implementation and construction in 2010. Vice President of the municipal ICT company of the city of RJ - IplanRio (2009/ 2010) and Coordinator of Infrastructure and Communication Networks in the Municipal Secretary of Finance of the City of RJ.
He participated as an invited member in the National IOT Plan developed by BNDES and participated in the elaboration of the National Public Security Plan developed by the Operations Directory of SENASP linked to the Ministry of Justice.
Currently Mr. Cardeman is the Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Rio de Janeiro Operations Center.

Marco Contardi

Project coordinator infrastructure and sustainable development, Smart Cities and sustainability

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV Europe)

Marco Contardi joined FGV in 2015 and is currently project manager at FGV Europe, where he works in the areas of infrastructure and sustainable development, Smart Cities and sustainability. Prior to that, he worked at FGV Projetos, coordinating urban development, social responsibility and PPPs projects for public services. He began his career at the German company Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and was a senior consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), where he supported the drafting of the PPP Law and the PPP Pilot Program from the Federal Government of Brazil on the North-South Railroad project. Marco also worked as a senior researcher at the Lombardy Region Research Institute in Italy, where he conducted research in the areas of territorial development, climate change and infrastructure financing. Master in Economics from Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, Italy. He has completed courses at the World Bank on Infrastructure and Development and Financial Analysis for Infrastructure Projects and at Partnership UK (UK PPP) on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the United Kingdom.