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Dean Anil Makhija, Fisher College of Business, In Brazil

With the goal to increase relationships in Brazil, leadership from the Fisher College of Business spent three days, August 1-3, in São Paulo, meeting with leading universities and industry partners and engaging with alumni, Ohio State friends and prospective students.

Dean Anil Makhija and Senior Associate Dean and Professor Peter Ward visited top public and private universities in São Paulo and in nearby São Bernardo do Campo (recognized as a manufacturing epicenter of Brazil) to build relationships and explore collaborations that will provide global opportunities for Fisher students and faculty.

During their trip, Makhija delivered the keynote address at the National Finance Forum, jointly organized by Visagio and The Ohio State University. Visagio is a global consulting firm with offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, London, Perth and Moscow. At the Finance Forum, Makhija’s presentation focused on the financial and operational opportunities and challenges of middle market firms in Brazil, the United States and globally.

Visagio is a key partner of Ohio State in Brazil and the university’s Brazil Gateway office is co-located with Visagio in their São Paulo offices. Last semester, Fisher MBA students came to Brazil as part of the Global Applied Project (GAP) program to work together with Visagio on a project for Banco Itaú, Brazil’s largest bank and financial institution. Each year, Visagio sends consultants to the Fisher College of Business to participate in MBA and graduate classes for seven weeks. Additionally, Visagio consultants regularly pursue full-time MBA and other degrees at Ohio State.

“Dean Makhija's visit was very important to reaffirm Fisher's international vocation and commitment to Latin America,” said Weber Pimenta, Visagio’s managing partner. “It was an excellent opportunity to expose and strengthen Fisher's brand with networks in the region, mainly companies and local education institutions. This will help us develop new partnerships and business opportunities for the college's students and faculty, contributing for a more intense knowledge and cultural exchange.”

With so many people interested in Fisher in Brazil, the trip also included a reception at the new Brazil Gateway office, located on Avenida Ibirapuera in the Moema neighborhood of São Paulo. It was an opportunity for Buckeyes in Brazil to visit the Brazil Gateway’s new location and learn about its strategy in the country and the many ways its team can support connections between Ohio State and Brazil.

“Dean Anil Makhija and Senior Associate Dean, Peter Ward’s visit to São Paulo to connect with top business schools and industry-leading companies demonstrates their serious commitment to growing the Fisher College of Business’ collaborations with Brazilian academic and industry partners via the Brazil Gateway,” said Luke Barbara, director of the Brazil Gateway.

More than 30 Ohio State and Fisher alumni and partners joined prospective students to celebrate Ohio State and learn from Makhija and Ward about Fisher’s vision and the ways it is positioning itself as a leading business school with meaningful global engagement with companies and leading academic institutions around the world.

The Fisher College of Business leadership team’s trip was organized by the Ohio State Brazil Gateway. The Brazil Gateway builds upon Ohio State's more than 55 years of partnership and strategic engagement with Brazil. Its four key areas of focus are students, research, alumni and partnerships. Ohio State’s China Gateway and India Gateway are also key to the Fisher College of Business’ strategy for international engagement.