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.

  • Michael Freitas Mohallem, Professor

    Michael is a professor at FGV Direito Rio, where his lectures include "Human Rights" and "The Formation of Laws: Legislative Power, Lobby and Social Activism". He coordinates the Center for Justice and Society (CJUS) and is a member of the Instituto Alziras' Fiscal Board. He is a counselor for the Consulting Board of the Observatório Social do Brasil – Rio de Janeiro and is an adviser for the Editorial Board at FGV Direito Rio. He holds a Ph.D. and a LL.M in Public Law and Human Rights from the University College London (UCL), is a specialist in Political Science from the Brasilia University (UnB), has a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) and has an academic extension in Leadership Development for Government from the Governance School of São Paulo (2001). Michael was a visiting researcher at the European University Insititute (EUI) and a visiting scholar at the Minerva Center for Human Rights from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also been a director at Avaaz in Brazil, a legislative assistant for the government leadership at the Federal Senate and a legal adviser in the Ministry of Justice. 

  • Ana Rosa Alves, Research Assistant

    Ana is a Bachelor in Journalism from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's (UFRJ) School of Communication. Her main research interest is the relation between communicational processes, technologies, and political tendencies. She has been a research assistant at the Public Transparency Program since mid-2017.

  • 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.

  • Guilherme France, Researcher

    Guilherme holds an M.A. in International Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), and an M.A. in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage from CPDOC/FGV. He is the author of the book 'As Origens da Lei Antiterrorismo' and holds two Bachelor's Degrees, one in Law (UERJ), and the other in International Affairs (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro). He has been a researcher at the FGV Direito Rio's Center for Justice and Society since 2016.

  • 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.

  • Isabel Veloso, Researcher

    Isabel has a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs (UFF), is a specialist in Public Administration (UFF), holds an M.A. in Political Science (IESP-UERJ), and has a Doctorate in Political Science from the Institute of Social and Political Studies from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP/UERJ). Currently, she is a researcher at the FGV Direito Rio's Center for Justice and Society, focusing on Anticorruption and Governance. 

  • Isabela Cruz, Researcher

    Isabela Cruz is a lawyer. She holds a B.A. from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and an M.A. in History and Politics from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (CPDOC / FGV). In her Master's dissertation, she analyzed the context, practice, and obstacles of implementing the Access to Information Law. Between 2017 and 2018, she was an international fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), in Washington, D.C.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Yago Falcão, Research Assistant

    Yago is pursuing a B.A. in Law at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-Direito Rio). He has a great interest in public policies and is a member of the Innovations in Public Policies Laboratory. His research interests are vast, as he also is a PIBIC fellow with FGV-Direito Rio. Yago became a member of the Public Transparency Program team in 2018.