SECTOR Think tank


In 2017, CEBRI – Brazilian Center for International Relations – invited Clarissa Lins, Catavento’s founding partner, to become Energy and Infrastructure Programs’ Senior Fellow. The Energy Program is coordinated by Jorge Camargo, CEBRI Trustee, and the Infrastructure Program is coordinated by André Clark, CEBRI Trustee and CEO at Siemens Brazil. Catavento is responsible for knowledge and content production.

The Energy and Infrastructure Programs’ goal is to encourage the debate on questions that: (i) have the potential to insert the Brazilian industry in global chains; (ii) are aligned with global energy trends (technological innovations, regulation, geopolitics, management, etc.); and (iii) can influence public policy formulation in order to create a competitive and attractive investment environment.

Since August 2017, the center promotes meetings and events held under Chatham House rules (without disclosure of the content discussed), in order to stimulate the dialogue between different actors and engage opinion leaders, consolidating the key insights discussed in white papers reports.

The Energy Program seeks to promote debates around global energy trends and to analyze them in a Brazilian perspective, such as energy transition, regulatory environment in the O&G sector, natural gas role in the energy transition context, the relevance of energy planning, mobility revolution and others.

The Infrastructure Program aims to analyze the most relevant sector challenges and barriers in Brazil, considering aspects of investment, planning and regulatory environment. In this sense, the discussions seeks to identify possible solutions to the Brazilian infrastructure sector, directly contributing to the development of a competitive economy.

You can find bellow more information about the events and discussions:

Energy Program:


Event 01: held in August 2017, where Carla Lacerda, president of ExxonMobil in Brazil, and Jorge Camargo, member of CEBRI’S Board of Trustees and then president of IBP – Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels, discussed the oil and gas industry challenges in Brazil, current changes, as well as the global environment.

Event 02: held in partnership with “Casa das Garças” in September 2017, the event aimed to deepen the comprehension about the ongoing changes in the Brazilian oil and gas institutional / regulatory environment. Jorge Camargo, then IBP’s president, and Décio Oddone, general director of ANP – Agência Nacional de Petróleo, were invited to do so.

Event 03: the third debate was held in November 2017, focused on the electricity and oil and gas sectors recent approximation, with an emphasis on the role to be played by natural gas in the Brazilian power matix. The speakers list included  Elena Landau, economist, lawyer and former chairwoman of Eletrobrás Board of Directors, Adriano Pires, founder and CEO of the Brazilian Center for Infrastructure, and Rodrigo Costa Lima, then Petrobras natural gas executive manager. To access the report, click here (Portuguese version only).


Event 01:  The event – “The energy future and the role of energy planning” – was held in March 05th. Luiz Barroso, former EPE president, and Hugo Nunes, regulatory superintendent at Neoenergia, debated energy global trends and its implications to the Brazilian scenario. Clarissa Lins, CEBRI’s Senior Fellow and Catavento’s founding partner, moderated the event, followed by a round of Q&A with the audience.

Click here to download the report (Portuguese version only).

Event 02: The event – “Energy transition and climate challenges” – was held in April 05th by Total, a global energy company, in partnership with CEBRI and Catavento. The debate included Patrick Pouyanné, global CEO at Total, David Zylbersztajn, Partner at DZ Negócios em Energia, and Izabella Teixeira, CEBRI’s Senior Fellow and former Environmental Minister.  Clarissa Lins, CEBRI’s Senior Fellow and Catavento’s founding partner, moderated the debate and outlined main challenges and opportunities in this context.

Click here to download the report (Portuguese version only).

Event 03: The event – “Electric Mobility: perspectives and challenges”- was held in June 15th. Jorge Camargo, CEBRI Trustee and coordinator of the Energy Program, opened the event by highlighting the importance of the debate in the global energy transition context. The debate included Marco Silva, Nissan Brasil’s CEO, Jerônimo Santos, Ipiranga’s Director of Retail, Paulo Maisonnave, Head of Innovation at Enel X, as well as Clarissa Lins, CEBRI’s Senior Fellow and Catavento’s founding partner, which in addition to moderating the debate, also outlined the context with main trends and challenges for the sector.

Click here to download the report (Portuguese version only).

Event 04: The event – “Technology and digitalization in the energy sector”- was held in August 14th. Prof. Dr. –Ing Armin Schenettler, Senior Vice President for Corporate Technology, Research in Energy and Electronics at Siemens AG – and José Formigli – Forsea Engenharia’s CEO presented their views on challenges and opportunities for the energy sector. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Armin Schenettler explored how the energy transition is reshaping the power sector, emphasizing the role of technology and digitalization. José Formigli pointed out the main challenges faced by the oil and gas industry, illustrating the role of technology in promoting efficiency gains and new opportunities. The debate was followed by a Q&A section.

Click here to download the report (English version only).

Event 05: The second event – “Scenarios of Energy Transition: perspectives and Brazilian challenges”, was held in August 24th.  Wim Thomas, Chief Energy Adviser of Shell, and Roberto Schaeffer, professor and researcher of COPPE-UFRJ shared their thoughts on how different energy scenarios could evolve. Wim Thomas presented the Sky Scenario, a scenario aligned with the Paris Agreement goals. Roberto Schaeffer, on the other hand, discussed the results of COPPE’s energy transition model specifically for the Brazilian reality. Later, Clarissa Lins moderated a debate with the audience, that included senior executives and energy specialists.

Event 06: The event – “Economic relations between Brazil and German: The energy geopolitics” – was held in September 4th by Konrad Adenauer Stigfung Foundation (KAS) in partnership with CEBRI and Catavento. Ambassador Rubens Ricupero and Franziska Hübner, representative of KAS in Brazil, opened the event. The panel – “Energy: cooperation opportunities between Brazil and German”, was moderated by Clarissa Lins, CEBRI’s Senior Fellow and Catavento’s founding partner. The panel included André Clark, President and CEO at Siemens Brazil, Virginia Parente, professor at USP Energy and Environment Institute and Ricardo Castanho, Director of Companies Internationalization and Business Development at the German-Brazil Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SP).

Click here to download the report (Portuguese version only).

Núcleo de Infraestrutura:

Event 01: The event – “The new governance of regulatory agencies” – was held in April 2018. The debate included Claudio Frischtak, CEBRI Trsutee, Venilton Tadini, ABDIB’s Executive President, and Leticia Queiroz, Partner at Queiroz Maluf Advogados. André Clark, the Infrastructure Program’s coordinator and Siemens Brazil’s CEO, moderated the discussion.  The main topics were related to the Brazilian regulatory environment, juridical instability and overall aspects of the 6.621/21 Law – “Regulatory Agencies Law”.

Click here to download the report (Portuguese version only).


Independent, non-partisan, and multidisciplinary, the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) is guided by excellence, ethics, and transparency in the formulation and dissemination of high-quality knowledge on the international scenario and Brazil’s role within it. Engaging public and private sectors, academia, and civil society in a pluralistic debate, CEBRI influences the formation of the country’s international agenda and supports the formulation of public policies, generating actions that are both impactful and forward thinking.

Source: CEBRI’s website