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Spring 2018 Brazil Gateway Events

Atila Noronha

The Brazil Gateway team was on campus for their annual visit in April. Luke Barbara, director, and Jane Aparecido, academic relations and alumni community manager, met with students, faculty and staff involved with and interested in Brazil to plan for future activities and efforts in connecting partners and fostering collaborations between many departments of Ohio State and Brazilian institutions.
 
While on campus, the Brazil Gateway hosted two events with their campus partners, on April 12.
 
The first event was a Lunch & Learn at Mason Hall Rotunda hosting special guest Atila Noronha, a Brazilian global leader who led Outback Brazil and McDonald’s Ohio Region as operations and franchise executive and is now the managing partner at Grove Solutions, which helps companies improve existing operations, particularly in economically and challenging environments.
 
During his presentation, Noronha explained how doing business in Brazil involves skills in global leadership. The event was co-hosted by the Fisher College of Business and the International Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. Among attendees were Columbus business leaders with connections in Brazil, undergraduate students preparing to go to Brazil for Fisher’s Global Projects Program, alumni and others. Dean Makhija, gave opening remarks and introduced Noronha.
 

Brazil Reception

The second event was an informal reception at the restaurant, TRISM, near campus. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends all joined to learn about Portuguese courses at Ohio State, education abroad programs being offered in Brazil, Brazilian groups and the community in Columbus, the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), and Capoeira (Brazilian traditional activity that mixes sports and dance). The event was co-organized with BRASA, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Greater Columbus Sister Cities International - Curitiba Committee.
 
If you are interested in attending these events in the future, stay tuned, because the Brazil Gateway hosts them traditionally twice a year.