Who’s who


Silvia Ferabolli

Silvia Ferabolli is the coordinator of the WSGS and of the Graduate Program in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she was a teaching fellow between 2008 and 2012. Her latest publications include Arab regionalism: a post-structural perspective (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics 2014) and Regions that matter: the Arab-South American interregional space (Third World Quarterly 2017).

Luiza Peruffo

Luiza Peruffo is the deputy coordinator of the WSGS and teaches International Finance at UFRGS. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she conducted a study case about Brazil to understand the role of emerging countries in the international monetary and financial system. Before joining the Faculty of Economics, she worked as the senior economist at the British Embassy in Brasilia.


Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Adriana Erthal Abdenur is the International Peace and Security coordinator at Igarapé Institute, where she oversees projects on conflict prevention and resolution; migration and refuge; and peace operations.  She is a member of the UN's Committee on Development Policy (CDP) and is part of the Group of Experts convened by the German Government to provide inputs into UN Security Council debates on climate and security. She was a fellow of the India China Institute and is a former Fulbright Research Scholar. She has published articles in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Global Governance, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Peacekeeping, Third World Quarterly, IDS Bulletin, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, African Security, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She co-authored the book India China: Rethinking Borders and Security (University of Michigan, 2016) and edited, with Thomas G. Weiss, the volume Emerging Powers and the UN (Routledge, 2015).

Felipe Hernandez

Felipe Hernandez is the Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge (CLAS). He is also Chair of Cities South of Cancer (CSC), an interdisciplinary Research Group whose members work on a wide variety of urban issues in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. Felipe is the first Latin American to have been appointed Director of CLAS.

Fernanda Ultremare

Fernanda Oliveira Ultremare teaches Monetary Economics at UFRGS and is the editor of the Revista Análise Econômica, the economic journal of the Faculty of Economics. She holds a PhD from the University of Campinas in cotutelle with the University of Paris XIII. Fernanda is also a researcher at the Center for the Study of International Economic Relations (CERI/Unicamp) and at Nucleus of Industrial Economics and Technology (NEIT/Unicamp).

Eduardo Ernesto Fillipi

Dr Eduardo Ernesto Fillipi is Professor and coordinator of Specialization Course in Contemporary International Relations and Strategy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He holds a PhD in Political Economy (Université de Versailles - Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 2004) and has been a visiting Professor at Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 (2015, 2016, 2017). In 2003/2004 he acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (South Africa and Mozambique).

Karin Costa Vazquez
Prof. Karin Costa Vazquez is Executive Director of the Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and Assistant Dean for Global Engagement at O.P. Jindal Global University School of International Affairs, India. Her research lies at the intersection of South-South cooperation, sustainable development, and development financing, with emphasis on the BRICS countries and the New Development Bank. She has held senior advisory positions in multilateral development banks (World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank), UN agencies (UNDP, UNFCCC), and the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
Leandro Valiati

Dr Leandro Valiati is an economist, holds a PhD in Development Economics and post-PhD in Creative Industries (Sorbonne-Paris 13). He is Professor of Creative Industries and Economy of Culture at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and has been a visiting Professor and Researcher at Queen Mary University of London (UK); University Paris 13 (Labex/ICCA - Sorbonne – France) and University of Valencia (Spain). Dr Valiati was endorsed as Exceptional Talent and Global Leadership for Creative Industries by British Academy - UK (2018).

Marc Weiss

Dr Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization and professional network of nearly 700 leaders and experts in 60 countries. Currently he is an International Visiting Professor at UFRGS in the Post-Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning , where he coordinates the Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), a key initiative of GUD’s World Bank-funded Leapfrog Economic Strategy for Brazil’s State of Rio Grande do Sul to become the most sustainable and innovative place in Latin America by 2030.

Rodrigo Corradi

Rodrigo Corradi is the Director of Institutional Relations of the Municipality of Porto Alegre and President of the Brazilian Conference of International Relations Municipal Directors (FONARI). He has been in charge of the International Relations of Porto Alegre since 2013, participating in a number of city networks, including the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis and Mercocidades. Mr Corradi is a professor at Unisinos’ Postgraduate Programme on City’s Planning.

Verônica Korber Gonçalves

Dr Verônica Korber Gonçalves is a climate governance specialist and teaches International Politics in the Graduate Program of International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. She holds a master’s in Political Sociology and Law, and a PhD degree in International Relations. Verônica coordinates a research group on refugees in Brazil, funded by the UN Refugee Agency and supported by the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE).


Ana Melo

Ana Carolina de Melo is a staff member of the WSGS and a graduate student in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. She graduated in Journalism at ESPM and researched the framing of Brazil's politics in international media for her Bachelor's dissertation. Ana is passionate about the intersection between International Relations and Journalism and wishes to further her academic and professional careers in this area.

Betina Sauter

Betina Sauter is a staff member of the WSGS and a master’s student at the Graduate Programme of International Strategic Studies. Her dissertation is on how Russia-China ties affect India, a topic that she is passionate about and hopes to develop deeper as a PhD student in the near future. Betina is also a researcher at the BRICS Studies Center (NEBRICS) and  part of the China and the East Asia Studies Project (OfChiLA).

Camila Schwertner

Camila Schwertner is a staff member of the WSGS and an undergraduate student in International Relations at UFRGS. She is part of NUPRIMA, a center of studies that focuses on the dynamics of the Arab World. Her line of research revolves around the diplomatic and economic ties between Arab and South American countries, studying both the Gulf Cooperation Council and MERCOSUR.

Matheus Bianco

Matheus Ibelli Bianco is a staff member of the WSGS and a final year undergraduate student in International Relations at UFRGS. He wants to pursue an academic career and dreams of studying in Russia someday. To make his dreams come true, Matheus works as a volunteer research assistant at the BRICS Studies Center (NEBRICS), where he focuses on the impact of Western financial sanctions on Russia after the Crimean crisis.