Gianna Sagazio

Innovation Director, CNI/IEL

As Innovation Director of CNI/IEL (Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry and Euvaldo Lodi Institute), Ms. Sagazio is responsible for the Executive Coordination of the Entrepreneurial Mobilization for Innovation (MEI) and policy issues for innovation and management innovation. Launched in October 2008, the MEI’s mission is to increase innovation in Brazilian industries in four important ways: (1) strengthening of business innovation; (2) contributions to the improvement of policies for innovation; (3) coordination and management of innovation and (4) the innovation environment and skills.

Previously, Ms. Sagazio has served as advisor to the President of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and was representative of the BNDES in the Brazilian Industrial Policies and Science, Technology and Innovation Policies from 2011 to 2014. Ms. Sagazio coordinated, also by BNDES, the Brazil – United States Initiative for Innovation, along with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC) and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, which launched the Brazil – U.S Innovation Platform in 2013.

She worked for over twenty years at the United Nations (PNUD) on issues related to economic development, strategic planning and policy evaluation and as Economist at Dom Cabral Foundation with themes related to entrepreneurial and Brazilian competitiveness from 1989 to 1997.

Ms. Sagazio has a master’s degree in Economic Development from Catholic University of Brasilia and is certified by Wharton School University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Strategy and Innovation.

Professional internships at italy (1986-1987).

Economist at Mannesmann Demag, Vespasiano (MG) (1985-1986).

My Sessions

Session 4: How will we work and live in a sustainable way?

Level 6

The incorporation of new technologies is expected to simultaneously kill and create hundreds of millions of jobs in the years to come. Societies will need to adapt, developing the skills required for the workforce and social solutions to mitigate the hurdles of transition. A sustainable and prosperous future will only be possible if social cohesion […]