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Dr. Luchen Li and Luis Fernando Covatti, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Dr. Luchen Li and Luis Fernando Covatti, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Dr. Luchen Li and Luis Fernando Covatti. 
“Ciencias Sem Fronteiras”. " Science Without Borders".  
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Dr. Luchen Li serves as the Associate Dean of Global Programs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. This science and engineering school, set in the Midwest of the United States, has been ranked # 1 of all colleges of this size for 14 consecutive years. The caliber of education that is provided by Rose-Hulman makes this school the perfect place to gather some of the finest math and science and engineering students from Brazil. Dr. Li has encouraged and facilitated Rose-Hulman participation in the"Ciencias Sem Fronteiras" which is the initiative by the Brazilian government to send science and engineering students abroad and repatriate them with expanded cultural and educational experiences.
Dr. Luchen Li is an International Educator and a Steinbeck Scholar
Having received his education in China and the United States and then taught at universities in both cultures, Dr. Luchen Li has a broad experience in academic disciplines and deep knowledge of international education. Li has demonstrated leadership in building successful international programs for collaborative research, recruitment, study abroad, and student exchange. As Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's first associate dean of global programs, Dr. Li leads the charge toward a more globally-focused educational experience, reaching out to increase international collaboration, and fostering a culturally-enhanced worldview to Rose-Hulman students, faculty and staff members.
Luchen is currently providing leadership and support in developing an institute-wide plan and to formulate and implement strategic initiatives for its global programs. He is coordinating with academic departments to develop international programs for their respective disciplines. He is also leading efforts to promote global and cultural activities such as study abroad and institutional global outreach, and helping with international admissions and international student services at RHIT.
With a track record of performance in international education and extensive experience in academics, Dr. Li has been invited as a keynote speaker to share his experience and philosophy in international education and cross-cultural understandings at national and international symposiums and conferences.
Li is committed to engaging all stakeholders of institutions and the broader regional areas in mapping out the global strategies to best serve the diverse needs and goals of each unit of the Institute. He believes that the Institute's dedication to enhancing and enriching global programs is in line with institutional missions to graduate leaders who can impact the world.
As a scholar, he has published in a number of publications, including books John Steinbeck's Global Dimensions, John Steinbeck: A Documentary Volume, Critical Companion to John Steinbeck, and numerous book chapters and articles in literary and cultural studies. Professor Li serves as Vice President of the John Steinbeck Society of America and is an editorial contributor of the Steinbeck Review.

Luis Fernando Covatti
Luis Fernando Pelaez Covatti comes to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through the national program "Ciencias Sem Fronteiras". Because of his engineering studies at Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis and his desire to tackle the competitive rigors of this national program, he earned the privilege to study for one year in the States at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. This educational initiative by the Brazilian government prepares Brazilian students to be leaders at home in math science and engineering with a view to global considerations. Luis is one of seventeen students who currently attend Rose-Hulman through this Brazilian government program.
Luis Fernando Pelaez Covatti was born in Santana do Livramento, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, right on the border with Uruguay.
He started college in March/2007, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Florianopolis, studying Control and Automation Engineering. During college, was the president of the Junior Enterprise of his major at UFSC (AutoJun) and leader of the Training of Professionals program of the CERTI Foundation, which won the FINEP National Technology Innovation Award in 2009. His first time in the USA was in 2008, during a 3 months' work-experience program at Squaw Valley Ski Corp, in California.
During the fourth year of college, spent 10 months in Aachen, Germany, working as intern at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), at the North Rhine-Westphalia Technical University (RWTH). In the end of the fifth year, was approved for the national program Science Without Borders, coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) in March/2012, for a one-year exchange program. During the 2012 summer break, worked at the Physics and Optical Engineering Department at RHIT, in the Smart-Lighting Research Group.
His graduation in Brazil is expected to be in August/2013.

Joao Jose San Martin, Vice President, Human Resources, Alcoa Power and Propulsion.

Joao Jose San Martin, Vice President, Human Resources, Alcoa Power and Propulsion.

Joao Jose San Martin, better known as "Joka" is currently serving as the vice president, human resources for the Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a global enterprise with $1.8 Billion in revenue and 25 operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
A native of Caçapava, SP, Brazil Joka attended the Executive MBA at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business - University of Michigan, received a Psychology degree from the University of Taubate and an Advanced Degree in Social and Labor Psychology from the Sedes Sapientiae Institute.
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He has been living abroad since his first international transfer from Alphaville in the São Paulo region to San Antonio, Texas in 2000. In these 12 years in the US, his family has moved from Texas to Michigan and is now living in Hudson, OH.
Joka has been working for Alcoa for 28 years, having contributed to the majority of Alcoa's businesses, including Investment and Aluminum Castings, Extrusions, Flat Rolled Products, Plastic Packaging, Primary Metals and Electrical & Electronic Systems.
Joka has extensive Human Resources experience with international businesses. His international career started in the Plastic Packaging business where he was responsible to lead Human resources for the operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.
Joka is married to Rosana and has two children: João Victor and Ana Luiza. João Victor is at The Ohio State University studying Psychology and Ana Luiza will graduate from High School in 2013.

Leonardo Mattiazzi, Vice President, International Business Ci&T

Leonardo Mattiazzi, Vice President, International Business Ci&T

Leonardo Mattiazzi is vice president of International Business at Ci&T. With Ci&T since 1997, Leonardo has spearheaded several of the company's critical business units, including Professional Services, Sales, Marketing and Software Products. 
A truly global company, Ci&T is headquartered in Campinas, Brazil, with strategic locations across Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. Ci&T's US headquarters is in King of Prussia, PA. where Leonardo talks to us on this interview.
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Two of his standout achievements were the launch of Sensedia, a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-focused organization, and the creation of Ci&T's Interactive Services practice. He has been an active proponent and driver of the Ci&T's transformation into a Lean organization. A prominent industry thought leader on the topic of Lean as both an application development principle and a cultural organizational tenet.
Leonardo has helped to facilitate and grow the company's emphasis on high-performance teams, whose talent, shared purpose and commitment to skills mastery promote continuous innovation and generate high quality results for Ci&T's clients.
 Leonardo Mattiazzi holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP, University of Campinas, Brazil and an MBA from the Fox Business School, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Population of Over 60 Year-Olds to Reach One Billion within the Decade,

Population of Over 60 Year-Olds to Reach One Billion within the Decade, Finds New UN Report - Yahoo! News

Report Calls for Urgent Action by Governments to Address the needs of the “Greying Generation”

Tokyo (PRWEB) September 30, 2012
Corrected links included
Report Calls for Urgent Action by Governments to Address the needs of the “Greying Generation”

  •     80% of world’s older people will live in developing countries by 2050
  •     Over 60 population will be larger than the under-15 population in 2050
The number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group, says a new report, Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge, released today on International Day of Older Persons by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and HelpAge International.
The new report underlines that, while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges as it requires completely new approaches to health care, retirement, living arrangements and intergenerational relations.
In 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people over 60 than children below 5. By 2050, the older generation will be larger than the under-15 population. In just 10 years, the number of older persons will surpass 1 billion people—an increase of close to 200 million people over the decade. Today two out of three people aged 60 or over live in developing countries. By 2050, this will rise to nearly four in five.
If not addressed promptly, the consequences of these issues are likely to take unprepared countries by surprise. In many developing countries with large populations of young people, for example, the challenge is that governments have not put policies and practices in place to support their current older populations or made enough preparations for 2050.
Speaking at the report’s launch in Tokyo, UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, said: “People everywhere must age with dignity and security, enjoying life through the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
“Longer life expectancy,” he added, “was a goal of the Cairo International Conference on Population Development in 1994. More action needs to be taken to achieve this for all people; new poverty goals must not exclude older people.”
Important progress has been made by many countries in adopting new policies, strategies, plans and laws on ageing, according to the report. For example, over 100 countries in the last decade have put in place non-contributory social pensions in recognition of old age poverty. But much more needs to be done to fulfill the potential of our ageing world.
Forty-seven per cent of older men and nearly 24 per cent of older women participate in the labour force. Yet, despite the contributions that a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population can give to society, the report also notes that many older persons all over the world face continued discrimination, abuse and violence. The report calls for governments, civil society and the general public to work together to end these destructive practices and to invest in older people.
The report also includes the stories of 1,300 older men and women who participated in group discussions in 36 countries around the world. Their first-hand accounts and testimonies add the perspectives of the older population supporting efforts for better understanding and immediate action to meet their needs.
Richard Blewitt, Chief Executive Officer of HelpAge International, said: “We must commit to ending the widespread mismanagement of ageing. Concrete, cost effective advances will come from ensuring age investment begins at birth - fully recognizing the vast majority of people will live into old age. Global and national action plans are needed to create a pathway to transform the explosive number of people over 60 to become growth drivers and value creators. By revolutionizing our approach and investing in people as they age we can build stronger, wealthier societies. Social protection and age friendly health care are essential to extend the independence of healthy older people and prevent impoverishment in old age.”
“These actions,” added Mr. Blewitt, “should be based on a long-term vision, and supported by a strong political commitment and a secured budget.”
“Ageing is a lifelong process that does not start at age 60. Today’s young people will be part of the 2 billion-strong population of older persons in 2050,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “This report shows that, with actions taken now, we can all benefit from the longevity dividend– increasingly in the developing world - now and in the future.”

Notes to Editors

-UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that works on delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
-HelpAge International, helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.
Today, UNFPA and HelpAge are hosting high-profile press conferences and a symposium in Tokyo. These events will be followed by similar launches around the world.
Today’s global launch will be followed by a day of global activism in which more than 60,000 older persons aged 60 or over, from 60 countries, will be campaigning as part of Age Demands Action (ADA). This global grassroots campaign calls on governments, the international community and civil society to address the rights, concerns and needs of older persons.
To celebrate the release of the report, UNFPA and HelpAge International are launching, 60 over 60, a list of 60 inspiring and influential older people over 60, and we need your help. You can nominate yourself, or an older person you admire - we are looking for a diverse group representing many nationalities and ages.
There are 3 ways you can nominate your inspiring older person for the 60 over 60 list:

  •     Visit to submit a photo and short story, telling us in 150 words or less about the nominee’s accomplishments and qualities.
  •     Post an image to the UNFPA or HelpAge’s Facebook wall with a short text.
  •     Share a tweet of 140 characters or less, using the #60over60 hashtag
Nominations will close on 23 November 2012.
All qualifying nominees will be posted on the 60 over 60 webpage of the 7 Billion Actions platform. An expert panel of respected public figures working with older people, or older people themselves, will narrow the list down to 60 people and it will be announced in December.

Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge is available on:
For more information, please contact:

At UNFPA: Mandy Kibel, +1 212 297 5293,;

Omar Gharzeddine, +1 212 297 5028,
At HelpAge: Rachel Trayner; +44 (0) 207 148 7623, +44 77 3898 2122,

Catarina Bronstein, Global Reporting Initiative, Brazil

Catarina Bronstein, Global Reporting Initiative, Brazil

Catarina Bronstein , Global Reporting Initiative, Brazil
She has worked with various organizations on the topics of Fair Trade and international sustainable economic development such as Global Exchange and Fair Trade USA and is now working for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)'s Focal Point Brazil, spreading the importance of sustainability reporting for companies in the country.
I met Catarina at a recent Sustainability Ccommittee meeting at Amcham Campinas where she was the featured speaker.
Listen to Tom Reaoch interview Catarina Bronstein Monday Oct. 1 at 1 pm PST on LA Talk Radio.
Having a Brazilian mother and American father, Catarina has her roots in both countries. In the past year she has moved back to Brazil after living 13 straight years in the U.S.
Catarina has a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Global Studies, with a minor in Anthropology, and a concentration in International Law from the University of the Pacific. She is currently finishing an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University.

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