The Institute of Brazilian Issues (IBI)

IBI-The Institute of Brazilian Issues was established in 1990 to promote stronger U.S.-Brazil relations within the changing international order. IBI seeks to do so by working with all interested parties, and especially the business sectors of both countries. It encourages the resolution of differences, and helps to identify areas where relations might be expanded. In essence, IBI promotes a greater convergence of viewpoints and interests between the two nations. The Institute operates within the Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI), an integral part of the School of Business. The Institute's day-to-day activities are organized and directed by Kevin Kellbach.

Programs

The Minerva Program

Minerva Program participants master concepts in economics, finance, economic policy-making, regulation, and public ethics. The program provides a unique opportunity for Latin American executives to upgrade their knowledge of administration and to acquire the economic expertise necessary to advance public-private cooperation.

Upon completion of the program, participants return to their respective agencies more knowledgeable and better equipped to do their jobs, having mastered the tools necessary to accelerate economic progress in the 21st century. Almost without exception, “Minervistas” have quickly advanced in their careers, some to the highest level of their respective agencies.

Minerva Program participants master concepts in economics, finance, economic policy-making, regulation, and public ethics. The program provides a unique opportunity for Latin American executives to upgrade their knowledge of administration and to acquire the economic expertise necessary to advance public-private cooperation.

Upon completion of the program, participants return to their respective agencies more knowledgeable and better equipped to do their jobs, having mastered the tools necessary to accelerate economic progress in the 21st century. Almost without exception, “Minervistas” have quickly advanced in their careers, some to the highest level of their respective agencies.

The Minerva Program is now open to both public- and private-sector officials throughout Latin America.

For more information: https://www2.gwu.edu/~ibi/minerva.html

Anti-Corruption Program

A two-week course to build government personnel's knowledge of how to combat corruption. Topics covered in this program include: "The American System of Criminal Justice," "The Social Costs of Corruption," and "Implementing the Inter-American Convention on Corruption." Participants also visit U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations devoted to combating corruption such as the Department of Justice, the Office of Governmental Ethics, the Government Accountability Office and Trace International, Inc.

After completing this program, participants return to their home countries having bolstered their knowledge by studying anti-corruption methodologies and policies used by governmental agencies and NGO's in the U.S. They can now apply many of these ideas in their own countries.

A two-week course to build government personnel's knowledge of how to combat corruption. Topics covered in this program include: "The American System of Criminal Justice," "The Social Costs of Corruption," and "Implementing the Inter-American Convention on Corruption." Participants also visit U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations devoted to combating corruption such as the Department of Justice, the Office of Governmental Ethics, the Government Accountability Office and Trace International, Inc.

After completing this program, participants return to their home countries having bolstered their knowledge by studying anti-corruption methodologies and policies used by governmental agencies and NGO's in the U.S. They can now apply many of these ideas in their own countries.

Regulatory Program

This two week intensive course enhances government officials' knowledge of regulatory requirements and processes. The course instructs officials in the underlying principles and practices of regulation. Participants attend lectures and presentations by experts on regulation issues. Topics include “Combating Corruption in the Regulatory Process” and “U.S. Antitrust Policies.” Participants also visit government regulatory agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as private organizations that deal with regulatory issues.

After attending this program, participants return to their countries having received practical advice and an international perspective on different regulatory philosophies and policies that they can apply in their own countries.

This two week intensive course enhances government officials' knowledge of regulatory requirements and processes. The course instructs officials in the underlying principles and practices of regulation. Participants attend lectures and presentations by experts on regulation issues. Topics include “Combating Corruption in the Regulatory Process” and “U.S. Antitrust Policies.” Participants also visit government regulatory agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as private organizations that deal with regulatory issues.

After attending this program, participants return to their countries having received practical advice and an international perspective on different regulatory philosophies and policies that they can apply in their own countries.

MBA Capstone Courses

MBA capstone courses for Latin American business schools.