november, 2022

wed09nov(nov 9)09:00fri11(nov 11)13:00EFMD Global Americas Annual ConferenceDisruption as a Force for Good09:00 - 13:00 (11) Location:Sao Paulo, Brazil

Event Details

This programme is focused on changes in business, business schools, and society at large. We are thinking about social inclusion, diversity, equity, policy, changes in business models and programme delivery, ethical leadership and our roles in creating the future with those things in mind. The Americas Conference allows us to bring together a unique cross-section of attendees from all over the Americas within the EFMD network and the larger management education community.

It is important to EFMD Global to create opportunities for business schools in the region to gather and connect with each other and highlight the important work of business schools in the Americas. The EFMD Global Network Americas Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations that have an interest in the Americas. This includes Deans, Deputy and Associate Deans, International Relations Directors, Programme Directors, Executive Education Directors and other Business School and Executive Development Professionals.


Register here


All times listed below in Sao Paulo local time/ UTC -3.

Wednesday 9 November

18:30 – 19:30


19:00 – 21:00

Welcome Dinner

Thursday 10 November


Walk to FDC from Hotel Pullman and Grand Mercure Vila Olimpia



9:30 – 9:45


9:45 – 10:45

We know things are changing – so, what now?
Opening Keynote
What are the key takeaways from the massive changes that we’ve had to manage at practically every level of our organisations and institutions? How do we reinvent ourselves in the new economy?

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Roundtable Discussion
Let’s talk: What have we learned with the accelerated changes spurred on by the pandemic? What were some of the fundamental changes you experienced?

12:15 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:00

Has the role of business schools in society changed?
Panel Session
A panel will discuss their sense of the challenges currently facing business schools and higher ed concerning the institutional mandates schools have on society. We will discuss changes in institutional infrastructure, governance, and stakeholder relationships.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

New Best Practices
Open Space Working Session
Choose your focus in this session – the opening question is: what do you plan to keep going forward from the changes you’ve experienced at your school?


Walk from FDC to Hotel Pullman and Grand Mercure Vila Olimpia


Buses leave from Hotel to Gala Dinner

19:30 – 21:30

Gala Dinner


Buses return to Hotel

Friday 11 November


Walk to FDC from Hotel Pullman and Grand Mercure Vila Olimpia

9:30 – 10:45

Meaningful and Intentional Work with SDGs
We talk about SDGs a lot as a business community. We have to be careful that we don’t use SDGs as checkboxes as a means to an end because that isn’t why they’re important in the first place. Their purpose is to foster peace and prosperity for people and the planet. This session will showcase an example of a business school and corporate collaboration on intentional work with SDGs.

  • Virgilio Viana, Director General, Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) and Adjunct Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, BR

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Force for Good
Closing Keynote
Making decisions with the wellbeing of society at the center – influencing policy, equity, inequality.

  • Celso Athayde, CEO, Favela Holding

12:15 – 12:30

Concluding Remarks & Presentation of Next Year’s Venue



Practical information


Fundação Dom Cabral – Sao Paulo Campus

Doctor Cardoso de Melo Avenue, 1184, 15th floor

Vila Olímpia – 04548-004

São Paulo/SP


Fees cover conference attendance, documents, meals and refreshments but do NOT include accommodation.

EARLY BIRD FEE thru 30 June 2022

  • 700 USD EFMD Global full member
  • 800 USD EFMD Global affiliated member
  • 900 USD EFMD Global non-member

NORMAL FEE thru 7 October 2022

  • 900 USD EFMD Global full member
  • 1000 USD EFMD Global affiliated member
  • 1100 USD EFMD Global non-member

LATE FEE after 7 October 200

  • 1100USD EFMD Global full member
  • 1200 USD EFMD Global affiliated member
  • 1300 USD EFMD Global non-member

INSTITUTIONAL RATE – 1200 USD, allows registration of up to 4 representatives

The institutional rate is a flat one-time fee and is the same for member and non-member schools.

Cancellation Policy

INDIVIDUAL CANCELLATION DEADLINE: 9 September 2022 Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal by 9 September 2022, a cancellation administrative fee of $75 USD will be charged. Thereafter, we are unable to return any fees. In such cases, substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD Global receives the notification of the substitution.

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference sessions and Welcome Dinner is business casual; the Gala Dinner is cocktail attire.


We do not have a hotel block booking for this conference; FDC recommends the following two hotels within walking distance of the venue:

Hotel Pullman – Vila Olímpia

Rua Olimpiadas 205
04551 000 São Paulo

Grand Mercure São Paulo Vila Olímpia

Rua Santa Justina, 210, Vila Olimpia, São Paulo
04545041 São Paulo


If you need other options FDC recommends the following hotels; these options are not within walking distance, but are ~8 minutes away by car:

Blue Tree Premium Faria Lima

Av Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3989, Itaim Bibi District
04538133 São Paulo

Estanplaza Funchal-Faria Lima

Rua Funchal, 281, Itaim Bibi District
04551060 São Paulo

Radisson Vila Olímpia São Paulo

Rua Fidencio Ramos 420
04551-010 São Paulo

Airport and Transportation


Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is the primary international airport serving São Paulo. It can take 30-45 minutes to get from GRU to downtown São Paulo, or longer during peak times.


At the airport, you may be approached by individuals offering cab services; we recommend travelling by official taxi.


Please refer to the Brazilian consulate or embassy in your country to verify if you need a visa. On this page, you will be able to see if you need a visa to enter Brazil. Please note that this webpage is only in Portuguese.


Brazilian currency is the REAL. The exchange rate is approximately R$ 5.00 per USD. Exchange facilities are available at airports if needed. You can view the current exchange rate here.

Visiting São Paulo

Below you will some basic information and precautions that should be observed in any city that welcomes tourists from everywhere in the world, as is the case of the welcoming city of São Paulo:

  • Language – Portuguese is the spoken language in Brazil. English is the official language of the Americas Annual Conference.
  • Documents – Do not carry your original documents on you. Always carry a copy of your passport. We encourage you to make a copy before your trip and lock your originals in the hotel safe.
  • Electrical Appliances – Electric Voltage is 110 volts (60 cycles). If necessary, you can request an international adapter at the hotel reception.
  • Tipping – Nearly all hotels add a service charge to the bill, usually 10%. Most restaurants also add 10% to the check total, but they must make it clear that they have done so. Brazilians do not normally tip taxi drivers, but they normally round the total up.
  • Area Code – The telephone country code for Brazil is 55, and the metropolitan area code for São Paulo is 11.
  • Health and Insurance – Brazil has a large network of private hospitals in major metropolitan centers. Private medical care is usually quite expensive, and it is advisable that visitors have medical insurance. There is an ambulance available during the conference, and if necessary, please talk to the FDC staff and/or hotel reception.
  • Parking – There is a parking lot at the FDC building for those arriving to the conference by car.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines – For general travel guidance, please click here. You can also check about local norms with hotel reception.
  • Emergency Phone Numbers – You may reach the Police with 190 and Fire and Ambulance with 193.


The weather in São Paulo can be warm with the possibility of rain. You can find details on the average weather in São Paulo during November here to better plan your packing.

Shopping and Tourism

Shopping Malls


Sites and Tourism

  • Parque Ibirapuera
    • One of the largest parks in the whole of Latin America, Ibirapuera Park is one of the few nature retreats available in the congested city of São Paulo. In addition to cycle paths, picturesque lakes and plenty of flora, it’s also home to several museums and cultural spaces, as well as playing host to art exhibitions, fashion events and all-night parties.

  • Mercado Municipal
    • Set inside a multi-story warehouse in São Paulo’s downtown area, a trip to this food heaven is a must. Get lost among the hundreds of colorful and lively stalls selling exotic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, seafood, poultry, drinks, bakery products and spices, where the vendors enthusiastically encourage you to sample the goods. Be prepared to loosen your belt by a few notches to eat the market’s most famous sandwich: a small baguette packed with a brick-sized wedge of mortadella.

  • Avenida Paulista
    • The city’s dynamic main street is lined with towering office blocks and home to intriguing galleries and bars. São Paulo’s main boulevard has a split personality: by day, it’s a flurry of white-collar workers moving between business meetings; by night, it takes on a weekend vibe as relieved executives enjoy the happy hours at the bars and street performers perform various songs and acts. Between 7am and 4pm on Sundays, the street becomes pedestrian-only and a popular place to chill out for residents and visitors alike.

  • Pinacoteca
    • Inaugurated in 1905, the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo is the oldest art museum in the city and state. The collection today has around 9,000 works from artists like Anita Malfatti, Bourdelle and Rodin. The first floor of the building is reserved for temporary exhibitions while the second floor holds the museum’s permanent collection. The Pinacoteca has two buildings nearby to each other. The first is the main museum building itself with works by famous artists and temporary exhibitions. The second is in the building that was once the São Paulo state’s infamous Department for Political and Social Order. A place where interrogations and reported tortures of ‘enemies of the state’ were conducted during the country’s military dictatorship. The building now houses a memorial to the resistance movement and the political repression of that time.

  • Sala São Paulo
    • One of the world’s most important concert halls known for its incredible acoustics and magnificent interior, the Sala São Paulo, home of the São Paulo’s state symphony orchestra, is a breathtaking piece of architecture, yet what is truly outstanding is the quality of the sounds. A huge, adjustable ceiling helps optimize the orchestra’s acoustics depending on what genre they are playing, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the powerful ebbs and flows of the various instruments playing.


  • Celso Athayde

    Celso Athayde

    CEO, Favela Holding

    CEO, Favela Holding

  • Virgilio Viana

    Virgilio Viana

    Director General of the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) and Adjunct Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, BR

    Director General of the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) and Adjunct Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, BR

  • Viviane Barreto

    Viviane Barreto

    Conference Chair - Associate Dean for Global Strategy, Fundação Dom Cabral


    Conference Chair - Associate Dean for Global Strategy, Fundação Dom Cabral


Fundação Dom Cabral


Sao Paulo, Brazil


november 9 (wednesday) 9:00 - november 11 (friday) 13:00


Fundação Dom Cabral - São Paulo Campus

15 Olimpia Trade, Av. Dr. Cardoso de Melo, 1184 - 15º andar - Vila Olímpia, São Paulo - SP, 04548-004, Brazil