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). His research focuses on the measurement, determinants, impacts, politics and policy commitments associated with transparency and FOI laws in Latin America. His research has been published in the Journal of Democracy,Governance, Public Administration Review, and World Development, among others. For more information, please visit his FGV academic profile or his personal website.

  • Bernardo Schwaitzer, Researcher

    Lawyer graduated from FGV Direito-Rio and Master in Education from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio), in addition to a bachelor's degree in History from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). Its research agenda, focus on the implementation and responsibility of public policies, especially educational, and the development of state resources. Participates in the Public Transparency Program since 2019, and is part of the Implementation Network for Public Educational Policies (REIPPE).


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  • Davi Moreira, Researcher

    He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (2016). Winner of the CAPES award for best doctoral thesis in Political Science and International Relations in 2017. His research focuses on the areas of Methodology in Political Science and International Relations, Data Science, Text as Data, Legislative Studies, Public Policies and Comparative Politics.


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  • 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

    Master in International Law from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Master in History, Politics and Cultural Goods from CPDOC/FGV and author of the book '‘As Origens da Lei Antiterrorismo’. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Law from UERJ, in addition to a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ). He has been a Researcher at the Center for Justice and Society of FGV Direito Rio 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.

  • 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. 

  • Tássia Cruz, Researcher

    Tassia Cruz is a professor at FGV EPPG and is an executive manager of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Educational Policies (FGV EBAPE).  Tassia holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, a Master's Degree in Economics from Stanford, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Her research concentrates on education policy in Brazil, particularly on education finance, teacher labor markets, technology in education, and impact evaluations to improve pedagogical practices and student learning.

  • 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.