16 November 2021, 13:00 - 18:00
Blavatnik School of Government and Zoom
Open to the public
This event is free - register below to attend

Please note this event will run from 10:00 to 14:30 Brazil time.

What can Brazil learn from other countries, and what can other countries learn from Brazil?

These are the questions that the Lemann Foundation Programme for the Public Sector explores from the point of view of the people and organisations who compose the public sector, as well as those that engage with it.

Join us for the launch of the Lemann Foundation Programme for the Public Sector where we will hear from experts on Brazil, glean insights into Oxford's cutting edge COVID-19 research, and discuss common problems in public sector operations and methods for addressing these pitfalls. 

Please note this is a hybrid event, so attendees must specify if they will join in person or online.

The event will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

Updated COVID-19 guidelines

Due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases within the School community, we have decided to put extra cautionary measures to keep everyone safe.

All attendees will be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 status on arrival to the event via either of the following: proof of full vaccination (such as an NHS QR code), or registration of a negative lateral flow device test taken in the last 48 hours.

To register your negative lateral flow device test, please visit https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. After completing the registration process, you will be sent an email and/or a text with confirmation of your result which you must show us on arrival.

Please note that unfortunately we will have to refrain from serving drinks and appetizers after the second panel but will be happy to spend that time meeting you all.

Event timetable


UK time

Brazil time


Opening remarks:

  • Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government
  • Anna Petherick, Director, Lemann Foundation Programme
  • Denis Mizne, CEO, Lemann Foundation


  • Timothy Power, Head of the Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford
13:00–14:00 10:00–11:00

Roundtable I: Inside Oxford’s COVID-19 projects – reflections on doing real-time research in a period of great public need (In conversation with Miguel Lago)

  • Andrew Pollard, Director, Oxford Vaccine Group

  • Jaqueline Góes, CADDE – Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology
  • Beatriz Kira, COVID-19 Government Response Tracker
  • Miguel Lago, Executive Director, IEPS – Institute for Health Policy Studies
14:00–15:10 11:00–12:10


Coffee break with exhibits (UK) / Lunch break (Brazil)

15:10–16:00 12:10–13:00

Round Table II: Living the dream? Common struggles in the public sector, and setting priorities for improvement (In conversation with Dapo Akande)

  • Soledad Nuñez, Paraguay's former Minister of Housing and Habitat
  • Gabriela Lotta, Professor of Public Administration at Fundaciao Gétulio Vargas
  • Guillermo Toral, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University
  • Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law at Blavatnik School of Government
16:00–17:30 13:00–14:30
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