Dr. Mark Langevin, Director of the Brazil Initiative and Research Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs-The George Washington University.

Dr. Langevin is also Director of BrazilWorks and International Advisor to the Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (Abrapa).

Dr. Langevin researches and writes extensively on Brazilian energy policymaking and United States-Brazil relations. He is a regular contributor to such publications as: American Diplomacy, Boletim Meridiano 47, Brazzil, the Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor, Journal of Energy Security, the Labor Studies Journal, Review of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, and Universitas: Relações Internacionais. He is currently working on a book project, "Inside the Cotton Dispute: Seeds of Conflict, Politics of Compliance, and the Search for a Solution."


Livia Lopes, Visiting Scholar and Program Assistant, Brazil Initiative

Livia Lopes holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in Public Finance, Taxation and Development (summa cum laude), both from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). She also attended the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, as a visiting student, during her undergraduate education. Livia has published several articles and is a frequent speaker on legal matters.

Since 2010, Livia had been working as an associate attorney at Brazilian law firms and as a professor at prominent Brazilian universities. From 2011 to 2013, she served as a researcher at the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). From 2013 to 2015, she clerked for a Judge of the Regional Federal Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro. 

In 2016, Livia moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research. Currently, Livia is working at the Brazil Initiative under the position of program assistant and is a visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also an international advisor to “Andrade Advogados Associados”, and coordinates the “Center for Studies on International Taxation”, a forum that she co-founded in 2009.



Christopher Harden, Brazil Initiative Student Assistant

Christopher Harden is a sophomore at the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring International Affairs with concentrations in International Development and International Environmental Studies.

He is currently serving as president of the GW Brazil Club and, in his studies, exploring questions of good governance and sustainable development particularly in Brazil and other "emerging markets." The Brazil Initiative has been a priceless forum for Chris to examine Brazilian politics with a range of experts, other similarly interested students and even important actors in the Brazilian scene.