Brazil Ambassadors at Yale

The Brazil Ambassadors at Yale are a team of students, researchers and scholars affiliated with Yale who are selected to assist the university with recruiting graduate students and scholars, helping to initiate new and strengthen current international faculty collaborations, and to build awareness of Yale amongst their peers in Brazil. The program is based out of the Yale Office of International Affairs.

Ambassadors are typically citizens of Brazil and serve for one year terms. If you are interested in becoming a Brazil Ambassador at Yale, please email

Meet and connect with the 2016 Brazil Ambassadors at Yale:

Gabriel Fritsch
Yale College ‘17

Gabriel is a junior at Yale College, on his way to earning a B.A. in Economics and Global Affairs. When not in classes, he contributes to The Politic, Yale’s undergraduate politics journal, is a volunteer for Yale Reach Out, and writes music. Prior to Yale, Gabriel was a teacher and board member of the project “Art and Social Transformation” in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, which offered free music, dance, theater, and visual arts classes and workshops to teenagers in Rio’s impoverished communities and favelas. Gabriel is interested in economic development and macroeconomics research, and most recently spent the summer as a research assistant at Gávea Investimentos, a Brazilian macro hedge fund.

Pedro Leite e Furtado
School of Management ’16

Prior to Yale, Pedro worked at Embraer, where he started as an engineer. During the summer of 2015, he interned at Goldman Sachs assisting the Brazilian Private Wealth Management business. Pedro is the Co-President of the Latino Leadership Association, where he promotes awareness of the Latin America region and builds a community around Latino students on campus. He is also a founding member of the Brazilian chapter of INCOSE. Pedro earned his B.E. from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and his M.Eng. from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), both in Brazil.

Filipe Furtado
Visiting Scholar, School of Engineering & Applied Science

A Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Filipe is at Yale for one year on a Science Without Borders fellowship. His research is based on coupled transport phenomena and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

Sérgio Guerra
Vice Dean and Full Professor of Administrative Law at FGV Direito Rio

Sérgio is Vice Dean, Full Professor of Administrative Law and Coordinator of LL.M Program at FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His responsibilities include providing academic support for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as international affairs. He is also Legal Advisor for Administrative Law Commission at Brazilian Bar Association (Rio de Janeiro) and editor of the RDA (Administrative Law Review). Previously, he was General Counsel of The Rio de Janeiro Metro Company. Earlier in his career, Sérgio worked in the engineering industry as Legal Director of Carvalho Hosken S/A and Chief of the legal department of GAFISA. He holds J.D., LL.M., and Ph.D. in Law degrees and has been a postdoctoral fellow at FGV Business Administration School and Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School.

Fábio Navarro
Postdoctoral Associate at the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department, School of Medicine

Fábio’s research regards large scale bioinformatics analysis of human, other primates and mouse genomes. Fábio has strong background in Molecular Biology from his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Universidade de São Paulo and Software development from his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering at Universidade Federal de São Carlos. His research was awarded two times by the Brazilian Association of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and by Universidade de São Paulo. He is also founder of the Brazilian Group of Graduate and Scholar at Yale.   

Daniel J. S. Oliveira
Jackson Institute for Global Affairs ’15

Daniel graduated from Yale University’s Jackson Institute with an M.A. in Global Affairs and from Insper with a B.A. in Economics. He is a fellow at Fundação Estudar, a distinguished community of young Brazilian leaders that promote the country’s transformation by boosting its development. He started his professional career at JP Morgan and accumulated experience at a Brazilian hedge fund. He spent 2011 in Amman, Jordan volunteering at an NGO that supports health and education programs for Iraqi refugees. Most recently, Daniel joined FALCONI, the biggest management consultancy company in Brazil, with the goal to startup a new branch focusing on projects in public education.

Isabella Quagliato
Assistant Director, School of Management

Isabella directs administration and operations of the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life (AASL) and provides strategic input and management of key elements of student academic services. Previously, Isabella was the Program Manager for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to coming to Yale, she was a structural engineer consultant and designer for five years. She also is a professional musician focusing on jazz and Brazilian music. Isabella has performed for several Brazil initiative events at the Yale Campus. As a Brazil Ambassador, she helps facilitate Brazil-Yale connections and projects on campus. She holds a B.S. in Civil Structural Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A.

Silvio Manfredo Vieira
Postdoctoral Associate in Immunobiology, School of Medicine

Before coming to Yale, Silvio was Tenured Public Servant of Research Career at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Brazil. Earlier in his career, he was a Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology at Harvard University/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has received various awards for his work, most recently from the American Association of Immunologists, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, and Yale’s section of Human Translational Immunology, underscoring the high quality of his studies in the field of autoimmunity. He is an ad hoc reviewer of International Immunopharmacology Journal and The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Silvio has a strong background in cellular immunology and holds a Ph.D. in Immunopharmacology from Universidade de São Paulo (USP/RP).

Marina Fontão Zago
Visiting Researcher, Law School ‘16

A visiting researcher at Yale Law School, Marina is a doctorate candidate at the Law School of University of Sao Paulo – USP. She has a Master’s in Public Management and Policy at the Business Administration School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation – EAESP/FGV (2011), and a LL.B at the Law School of the Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC/SP (2007). Before coming to Yale Law School, Marina also worked as consultant lawyer, helping structuring infrastructure projects and partnerships between public and private sectors, as well as designing state regulation. Her research agenda focuses on administrative law, especially bureaucracy, regulation, and public-private partnerships.