It will be held today, May 28 at 5:00 pm, at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, the 2nd Brazilian Diaspora Award Ceremony. This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), and of the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), whose first edition was held in May 2014, also in the Itamaraty.
The Brazilian Diaspora Award aims to recognize the Brazilian talents in the area of science, technology and innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as their contribution to building a positive image of Brazil abroad andto the promotion of innovation and technological development of the country. This second edition of the Award, which theme is “The Brazilian Talent that inspires the World”, also aims to recognize professionals who have excelled in strengthening the Diaspora Brazil Network, an ABDI's initiative that seeks to structure dynamic and collaborative network of Brazilian professionals to generate business and projects in knowledge and technology intensive areas , both abroad and in Brazil.
The 2nd Diaspora Award will honor seven professionals. In Honoroble Mention: Marcelo Gleiser, professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College; and Michel Nussenzweig, human immunology researcher and senior physician at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the Rockefeller University. In the category Diaspora Brazil Network Highlights: Ana Lopes, Director of Business Development at the Boston University; and Marcia de Souza Lima, doctor and Deputy Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. In the Professional of the Year, divided into three sub-areas, Vitor Pamplona, computer scientist, ,CEO and founder of EyeNetra (information and Communication Technologies – ICTs); Fred Aslan, biologist, physician, Vice President of Venrock and founder and CEO of Advance Medical (Management and Business); and Karin Nielsen, doctor and Professor at the School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Brazilian studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (Health Complex).
Entrance tojournalists at Itamaraty Palace will be made upon presentation of permanent credential of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or of the Presidency.