Meet our Team

  • Gregory Michener, Associate Professor FGV-EBAPE

    Michener has been professor at the FGV since 2012 where he began work on creating the Public Transparency Program in 2013. During the course of his Ph.D., which focused on explaining the relative strength of freedom of information (FOI) laws throughout Latin America, Michener played a role in the Brazilian movement for the creation of a national FOI law. At the same time, he helped the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro raise awareness and support for a tax transparency law. Both laws were ultimately enacted, the former in 2011 (12.527), and the latter in 2012 (12.741). Michener is regularly called on to speak on transparency and has written extensively on the measurement, politics, and strength of transparency and FOI laws in publications such as Journal of Democracy,Governance, and World Development. For more information, please visit his FGV academic profile.

  • Ana Rosa Alves, Research Assistant

    Ana is a social communication bachelor student in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's (UFRJ) School of Communication. Her main research interests are relations between communicational processes, technologies and political tendencies. She is currently in her first year as research assistant at the Public Transparency Program. 

  • Ayssa Norek, Research Assistant

    Ayssa is a licenciate Graduate in History and Bachelor in Social Sciences from CPDOC - FGV.  Since graduation. she has been involved in research in the field of history, with a focus on the Republic of Brazil and its military dictatorship. This is her first year being involved in the Public Transparency Program at FGV. Her academic interests include military dictatorships, institutions and their transparency, and teaching history.

  • Carolina Taboada, Program Coordinator

    Carolina holds a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and a Masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining PTP she was a researcher at FGV's Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV/DAPP), Research and Projects Manager at FGV´s Center for International Relations and research assistant at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations.

  • Evelyn Contreras, Researcher

    Evelyn Contreras is a Bachelor in Economics & Engineering, having graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería de Perú. She has 6 years of professional experience, working mostly as a strategic planning consultant for private and public sector institutions in Peru, such as the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, the Ministry of Education, the Supervising Body for Investment in Energy and Mining, the Supervising Organ for Investment in Telecommunications, and the mining companies Xstrata-Tintaya, Anglo American Quellaveco, and Lumina Copper, among others. Currently she is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Administration, specializing in government at FGV-EBAPE.

  • Irene Niskier, Researcher

    Irene is a Bachelor in Social Sciences with a minor in International Relations from CPDOC – FGV, and pursuing a degree in Journalism from UFRJ. She was assistant researcher of this project from in 2014 and 2015.

  • Jonas Coelho, Researcher

    Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from FGV-Direito Rio, Jonas took part in Fundação Getúlio Vargas’ 1st Public Policy Laboratory and was a member of the winning team in a competition to create applications to help the efficiency of the Brazilian judiciary, sponsored by AJUFE and IBRAJUS. Now in his third year with the PTP, Jonas has taken part in several public transparency audits undertaken by the Transparency Evaulation Network. 

  • Karina Furtado Rodrigues, Researcher

    Karina Furtado Rodrigues holds a Masters and Phd in public administration from EBAPE/FGV and a BA in administration from UFJF. In 2016 she was a researcher on transparency and corruption at FGV Direito Rio's Center for Technology and Society (CTS). Between 2015 and 2016 was visiting researcher at the University of California in San Diego (PDSE/CAPES scholarship), and at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, in Mexico City. In 2015 Karina worked as a consultant for the National Security Archive, between 2013 and 2014 integrated the PTP, having worked on the first evalution of the Brazilian Freedom of Information law. Her Phd thesis examines a century of legal and political trajectory of civilian access to military documents in Brazil and in Mexico. Karina's main research interests are transparency, public policy, open data, comparative historical methodology and civil-military relations.

  • Luis Filipe Kopp, Researcher

    Filipe Kopp has engineering degrees in civil production and environmental engineering from the PUC-RJ and has worked for more than 10 years in sustainability and climate change for sectors that include oil and gas, mining, agribusiness, industrial transport, and waste management.Twice Filipe has served as a consultant in compliance audits for the World Bank,with INT in partnership with Swiss Contact, and with MCTI in partnership with the UNDP, among others. He has also served as an auditor for DNV, LRQA and RINA. Today, Filipe is pursuing a master´s in administration at FGV-EBAPE and taking part in research projects involving public spending on governmental publicity. His Master's thesis investigates the relationship between reelection and governmental spending on advertising. 

  • Narad Miguel Lopez,

    Narad holds a BA in psychology from the Catholic University of Bolivia and an MA in psychoanalytical theory from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His main research interest is the body from the psychoanalytical perspective. He is in his second year at the Public Transparency Program.

  • Rafael Velasco, Researcher

    Rafael holds a Bachelor´s in Law from FGV Direito Rio and a Masters’ degree from FGV-EBAPE. He has worked a research coordinator of the Program for Public Transparency (PTP-FGV) between the years of 2014 and 2016. Rafael's Master's thesis examines the relationship between public sector discrimination and the identity of access to information requesters. His research interests include the the use of data analytics for preventing corruption, open data, and transparency policy.