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January 14, 2021

ILG Brazil 4.0 & ILG Brazil 5.0

In response to the pandemic, Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program adapted its 4th and 5th editions of the Innovation and Government Leadership (ILG) to an online format. In partnership with Microsoft and the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), ILG 4.0 took place during November and December 2020, and ILG 5.0 took place during August and September of 2021. The courses 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.

For the two editions, classes took place in an 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 programs 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. They also featured classes taught by renowned Georgetown professors, as well as adjunct professors.

In addition, following the tradition of previous editions, students (virtually) visited the Microsoft Transparency Center in Brasilia. During ILG 4.0, 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. Similarly, ILG 5.0 participants had access to renowned speakers from Microsoft. 

Alessandra Del Debbio, Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Brazil, highlights the partnership among the three institutions.

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

Rodrigo Torres, Director of Executive Education of ENAP, mentions the importance of innovation in the public sector.

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"

Each edition of the program 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