BIN@2020 (10th Anniversary): Innovation for the Future of Humanity 

28 October 2020, online event

We will host innovators from Latin America, Europe and other origins to CONNECT, DEBATE AND PROMOTE INTERACTIONS, helping to identify opportunities for open innovation initiatives, in order to address some of the main challenges facing THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY.

This will thus be an excellent (virtual) opportunity for making new business contacts, as well as enchancing the existing ones, with partners coming from both sides of the Atlantic. It will also serve as venue for exchanging knowledge and experience on R&D&I activities between the academia, research institutions and private sector.

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PROGRAMME (subject to minor adjustments)

OPENING SESSION  |  09h00 – 09h30

Live at ECOA Platform

Session held in English

Projection of BIN@ 10 years celebration video
Welcome Messages from organisers
FIRJAN – Frederico Cezar Araújo, Director of International Relations
PUC-Rio – (to be defined)
FEUP – João Falcão e Cunha, Dean

OPEN TALKS  |  09h30 – 12h00

Live at ECOA Platform

Session held in English

09h30 | ‘Emerging Ecocivilisation in a post-pandemic era’, Violeta Bulc – Curator of Ecocivilisation
10h00 | ‘to be defined’, Carlos da Costa – Brazilian Ministry of Economy
10h30 | ‘What do we need to prepare the next big social revolution?’, Luís Sarmento – Machine learning researcher
11h00 | ‘Sanitation: transforming lives through innovation’, Carlos Melo – Head of Sustainability at BRK Ambiental
11h30 | Open discussion   

Lunch Break
DEBATE: Equality from perspectives|  14h00 – 15h00
Live at BIN – Business & Innovation Network channel

Session held in Portuguese

Coordination: Regina Bronstein

Moderator: Ana Carolina Querino – Programmes’ Coordinator, UN Women Brazil
Special Participation: Sylvio Rocha – Tocha Filmes
To be defined – Grupo Mulheres do Brasil
Silvia Fazio –  WILL (Women in Leadership in Latin America)
Cláudia Mendes – Women in Tech
Patrícia Procópio – Women in Mining Brazil
Ana Fontes – RME (Rede Mulheres Empreendedoras)

AQUÁRIO SESSION:  Caminhos de adaptabilidade para as empresas  |  16h00 – 17h30

Live at Casa Firjan Youtube Channel

Session held in Portuguese

Leonardo Serpa – CEO at ENGIE Solutions
Clara Gonçalves – Advisory Board Member at CUNY Firefly Innovations
Pedro Coelho – Head of Research and Innovation Support Unit at FEUP



Violeta Bulc – Curator of Ecocivilisation
Violeta Bulc is an open-minded former European Commissioner, devoted to solving problems in a collaborative and innovative way. The essence of her work is directed at improving the quality of life for people in the European Union. From her previous work experience and her current role she knows how to create networks and develop strategies that address societal demands for greater connectivity, mobility and global awareness. As European Commissioner for Transport, her policy goals aim to make mobility solutions environmentally friendly, competitive and inclusive, to create jobs, growth and maintain social fairness.

Carlos da Costa – Brazilian Ministry of Economy
To be updated

Luís Sarmento – Machine learning researcher
Luís Sarmento is a A.I. researcher, focusing mostly on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML). He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (1999), a MsC. in Artificial Intelligence (2004), and a PhD in Informatics, all from the University of Porto (2010). He has more than 15 years of experience leading research teams both in academic (University of Porto, National Foundation for Scientific Computing, Portugal) and industrial settings (Portugal Telecom, Amazon), in the fields of Search Engines, Recommender Systems and Dialog Systems.

Carlos Melo – Head of Sustainability at BRK Ambiental
For over 10 years, Carlos Melo, has held leadership positions in Brazilian companies and spin-off centers. Carlos was in charge of ESG Strategies and Social Investment Programs. Carlos is graduated in Administration, MsC in Administration and PHD in Sustainable Development (Universidad de Alcalá – Madrid – Spain). Head of Sustainability at BRK Ambiental, where he leads the Private Social Investment Strategy and manages the Sustainability Strategy. Carlos has implemented the social investment which involve 32 million of reais (BRL) in social and environmental projects. The Social and Environmental projects benefit around 250 000. 

Regina Bronstein
Chairwoman in Portugal for the networks of Business & Tech Women’s Networking – BTWN and Open Innovation BR, networks that join large companies, consultancies and the innovation ecosystem for cooperation. She is also a Portuguese Ambassador to Match4Action, a global innovation organisation for social impact, led by Stanford Alumni.  MSc in Engineering and bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy from Universidade Federal Fluminense, postgraduate degree in Marketing from IBMEC-Rio and bachelor’s in Business Administration from Centro Universitário Benett.

Ana Carolina QuerinoProgrammes’ Coordinator, UN Women Brazil
To be updated

Sylvio Rocha – Tocha Filmes
After more than 20 years of the corporate professional experience, since 2011 has started focusing on content production and audiovisual project management. Has participated as executive producer on a number of TV series and documentaries; some of them in co-production with Fox, Nat Geo, ESPN, Bonne Pioche, among others. In 2014 founded Tocha Filmes, an independent producer company, covering the EESG agenda, connecting people, brands and organisations to values, through an audiovisual experience. Tocha Filmes latest release is Woman at Work, 2020.

Representative – Grupo Mulheres do Brasil
To be updated

Silvia Fazio – WILL (Women in Leadership in Latin America)
Silvia Fazio is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright´s São Paulo office and head of the firm Brazil Desk in our London office. Ms Fazio specializes in cross-border investments with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Graduated in law: University of Sao Paulo (1994) , LL.M. University of Heidelberg (1996), Master in law University of Bologna (1998), PhD University of London (2006).

Cláudia Mendes – Women in Tech
Experienced professional with a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from University of Coimbra, Cláudia Mendes Silva has more than 15 years of experience in technology in connection with various disciplines that include, among others, Project Management and PMO. She is also a Portuguese ambassador of Women in Tech, an international non-profit organisation that promotes the talent of women in technology and leadership in the form of reducing the differences between genders and helping women to adopt STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Patrícia Procópio – Women in Mining Brazil
To be updated

Ana Fontes – RME (Rede Mulheres Empreendedoras)
Social entrepreneur, founder of RME – Rede Mulher Empreendedora and of Instituto RME, a gender researcher and an expert on women entrepreneurship. Lead Delegate of W20 group, a G20 engagement group. She has been elected as one of the most powerful women in Brazil by Forbes and as one of the Top Voices of LinkedIn. She is adviser to the Instituto Avon and a Professor of the programme ‘Empreendedorismo em Ação’ at INSPER.

Leonardo Serpa – CEO at ENGIE Solutions
Chief Executive Officer at ENGIE Soluções, responsible for solutions for cities, decentralized solar energy and energy services. He joined ENGIE in May 2016, after a career of ten years in various areas of the Swiss corporation, ABB. Leonardo Serpa has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s qualification in Electrical Energy from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), a PhD in Power Electronics Systems from ETH, Zurich and an MBA from the Cass Business School, London.

Clara Gonçalves – Advisory Board Member at CUNY Firefly Innovations
Since 2018 Clara has also been the main organizer and an active member of the Steering Committee of “Future of Computing” Summer School. Clara is currently member and advisor of the Global Platform for Prevention Entrepreneurship in Public Health, a project promoted by City University in New York with IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. From September 2007 until June 2019, Clara was Executive Director of UPTEC – Park of Science and Technology of University of Porto.

Pedro Coelho – Head of Research and Innovation Support Unit at FEUP
Pedro Coelho has a background in Business Economics and had a long experience working as a business and financial consultant for several companies. Since 2005, he is the Head of Research & Innovation Support Unit (INOV) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), the executive manager of FEUP’s Industry Liaison Offcier and the coordinator of the Business & Innovation Network (BIN@TM) since it was created in 2010. As the Head of INOV Unit, Pedro Coelho has a wide range of activities focusing on the support of the R&I produced at FEUP.