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Second class of Lemann Fellows welcomed

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Kenneth Maxwell, director of the Harvard University Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and visiting professor of history, has announced the arrival of the second class of Lemann Fellows.

Funded by a multiyear gift from Jorge Paulo Lemann ’61, the Lemann Fellowships afford Brazilians who work or aspire to work as professionals in public health, public policy, or education the opportunity for advanced study and training through a degree program or an executive education program at Harvard University. The aim is to help build a stronger, more effective public sector in Brazil. Eligible incoming students automatically participate in the annual selection process for the Lemann Fellowships following their admission. The University Committee on General Scholarships awards the fellowships.

Margot Gill, administrative dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), welcomed the second class of Lemann Fellows. “The Lemann Fellows program attracts top students from Brazil to Harvard and, in the process, enhances diversity at the University and contributes to building a cohort of Harvard-trained professionals from Brazil in these critical areas of public service.”

These fellowships may also be awarded to students of any nationality at the GSAS whose study and dissertations focus on an aspect of Brazil. According to Maxwell, “the recently announced gift to Harvard from the Lemann Family guarantees this fellowship program into the future, which promises to have a transformative impact in Brazil.”








The 2007-08 Lemann Fellows


Heloisa Micheletti Alvarez is pursing a master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a concentration on human development and psychology. Her proposed plan of study will focus on preventive interventions for child development. Previously, she worked in Brazil in the health division of the military police force of Rio de Janeiro and in the public health system of São Paulo. Upon completing her undergraduate work in psychology at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, she received a degree in child and adolescent mental health with a specialization in psychoanalytical theory from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Rosabelli Coelho is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government. She will focus her studies in public management, as well as economic and political development. Coelho was secretary of housing and urbanism of the City of Petrolina (2003-04) and then coordinator of the international office and assistant to the president of PUC-Campinas (2004-07). This year, she received a master’s degree in urbanism, with a thesis on housing policy and electoral politics, from PUC-Campinas; in 1999 she received an undergraduate degree in architecture and urbanism from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife.

Mark Gidal is currently a doctoral student of ethnomusicology in the Department of Music. His dissertation explores the regionally distinct music of the Umbanda religion as it is practiced in Southern Brazil. Gidal’s academic adviser is Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music Ingrid Monson.

Stephanie King is currently a doctoral student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a concentration in environmental chemistry. Her project investigates the effects of gaseous emissions from Amazonian rainforest trees on the formation of atmospheric particles and cloud droplets. King’s academic adviser is Scot T. Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry.

Danyela Moron is pursuing a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Her proposed plan of study will focus on reducing poverty through promoting collaboration between social entrepreneurs and government actors. Previously she was at the Brazil Foundation in New York, where she worked for three years. In 2002, she received an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo.

Teresa Pontual is currently pursuing a master’s in international education policy at the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on refining the processes for developing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating social policies, particularly education policies.

Carlos Eduardo de Sousa is currently a student in the master’s program for risk and prevention at the Graduate School of Education. His work focuses on educational research that analyzes social interventions programs designed to improve education and the health of youth, especially from low-income areas. His interests are focused on leadership in educational policy and organizations. In 2006, he received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the School of Public Health at the University of São Paulo.



Fabio Tran is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government concurrent with a master’s in business administration at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University). His proposed plan of study focuses on fostering growth and development in developing economies through hybrid public-private solutions. Previously, he worked for five years for A.T. Kearney Management Consultants, supporting government and private companies in strategic and finance issues in South America. He also worked for Solo Corp., a Brazilian venture capital fund.