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January 14, 2021

ILG Brazil 4.0, a Microsoft-ENAP-Georgetown program

During November and December, Microsoft, in partnership with the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program, organized the 4th edition of the Innovation and Government Leadership (ILG) course. The course offered senior public executives analytical parameters and tools to formulate and implement innovative public policies, as well as develop leadership skills to become agents of change in the state.

Because of the pandemic caused by coronavirus, this year classes took place for the first time in online format through the communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams. Coordinated by Professor Ricardo Ernst, Baratta Chair in Global Business at Georgetown University, Executive Director of the University's Latin American Board, and former Vice Dean of the McDonough School of Business, the course promoted debates on several relevant topics such as globalization, competitiveness, governance, digital transformation, new technologies in the public sector, negotiation and communication with different audiences. The course featured classes taught by renowned Georgetown professors, as well as adjunct professors.

In addition, following the tradition of previous editions, students visited, virtually this time, the Microsoft Transparency Center in Brasilia. At the time Michael McLoughlin, Director of Global Government Affairs at Microsoft Corporation, gave a presentation on technology priorities for economic recovery and future growth; Elias Abdala Neto, director of public policy at Microsoft Brazil, talked about the Brazilian Data Protection Law; Ronan Damasco, chief technology officer of Microsoft Brazil, Carlos Teixeira, Digital Architect at Microsoft Brazil, and Marcelo Galvani, director of business application sales at Microsoft Brazil, talked about Digital Transformation and Government, and Marcelo Zillo Neto, Microsoft's Chief Security Advisor, about Cybersecurity.

"Our partnership with ENAP and Georgetown University shows how technology can be an important tool to facilitate processes in any area, including in the public sector, as well as helping in the renewal and professional development of professionals in the area to incorporate the latest digital tools and management techniques in public policies in Brazil", comments Alessandra Del Debbio, Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Brazil.

"The partnership with Microsoft and Georgetown University has shown that we are on the right track. That it is always possible to innovate in the public sector and that technology is a powerful ally in this way", says the Director of Executive Education of ENAP, Rodrigo Torres.

The course had the participation of about 30 students from different federal and state agencies, such as the Ministry of Health, Supreme Federal Court, and Court of Auditors of Paraná, and had the honor of having a lecture by the Secretary of Digital Government of Brazil, Luis Felipe Monteiro, an alumnus of ILG in 2016.

Source: Microsoft