Who We Are

The Institute for Brazil-China Studies, IBRACH, is a non profit organization dedicated to training, research and debate. It looks into the development strategies of contemporary China and the role of Brazil and China in the reorganization of international relations. The Institute congregates multiple and international stakeholders with active interest in China, amongst which university researchers and think tanks in Brazil and China, policy makers and managers of public and private enterprises.


Management and Administration 

The IBRACH has a simple administrative structure, composed of a Chairman, with renowned international expertise in Chinese affairs, a small Directorat, and a Scientific Council composed of intellectuals and China experts. The administration of IBRACH is renewed every three years. Current members and active administrators of IBRACH are:

Anna Jaguaribe - President
Ana Célia Castro - Advisor
Mario Ripper - Advisor
Érica Rodrigues - Advisor
Paula Carvalho - Coordinator


Scientific Council

The Scientific Council is composed of the following members:

Adriano Proença – UFRJ/IBRACH

Professor of Engeneering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Albert Keidel Atlantic Council

Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Asia Program. Was a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2004 to 2009, after serving as acting director and deputy director for the Office of East Asian Nations at the U.S. Treasury Department.  Before joining the Treasury in 2001, was a senior economist with the World Bank office in Beijing.

Ana Célia Castro – UFRJ/IBRACH

Professor of the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), coordinator of the Graduate Program in Public Policies, Strategies and Development (PPED/UFRJ) and vice-coordinator of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Public Policies, Strategies and Development (INCT/PPED).

Anna Jaguaribe  IBRACH

Director of IBRACH, has lived and researched in China from 1998 till 2003. Worked from 1977 to 1983 at the United Nations New York and has been a consultant to the UNCTAD in Geneva. Holds a master and a Ph.D. in sociology from the New York University.

Barry Naughton – University of California

Professor of Chinese Economy at the University of California, San Diego, is a specialist on the Chinese economy, with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy.

David Kupfer – UFRJ

Professor of the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and coordinator of the Research Group on Industry and Competitiveness.

Hu Angang Tsinghua University

Professor of the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University and Director of the Center for China Studies at the same University. Economist with a master degree from the University of Science and Technology of Peking and a Ph.D. in engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Izabella Teixeira – CEBRI

Senior fellow of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), was Minister of Environment in 2010-2016. Biologist, holds a PhD in environmental planning from COPPE/UFRJ.

Jin Canrong Remin University

Professor and Associate Dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China and Deputy Director of the Center for American Studies and of the Beijing Pacific Institute for International Strategy Studies in the same University. Was a visiting professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (2003 and 2007) and the “Weilun” Chair Professor at Tsinghua University (2006).

José Pio Borges - CEBRI

President of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI).

Lia Valls Pereira  FGV/UERJ

Researcher of the Brazilian Institute of Economics at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and professor of the faculty of economics and of the graduate program in international relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Holds a PhD from the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). 

Paolo Bruni  IBRACH

Italian Ambassador to China in the period of 1998 to 2003, representative of Italy to the United Nations and the WTO in Geneva and Professor at the La Sapienza University, Rome (2008).

Renato Boschi – UERJ

Professor of the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Holds a master degree in Political Science and Sociology by the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Valdemar Carneiro Leão – IBRACH

President of IBRACH, former Ambassador of Brazil to China and Undersecretary General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil.

Xue Lan Tsingua University

Professor and Executive Director of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. Was also assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and vice president of Chinese Association of Public Administration.


Supporting and Collaborating Partners

The IBRACH is supported by grants and contributions of partner institutions. We work in collaboration with various universities and research centers devoted to China in Brazil and abroad. Its research and training program is developed in collaboration with the University of Tsinghua and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The National Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES), the Alexandre Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), the Corporação Andina de Fomento (CAF) and the Bocom BBM Bank are amongst its foremost partner institutions.