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Mass Technology Leaders Join Governor Patrick on Innovation Economy Mission to Brazil

MassTLC chairman Mohamad Ali, CEO Tom Hopcroft, and eight other MassTLC members will accompany Governor Patrick on his Massachusetts-Brazil Innovation Economy Mission next month. The trade mission, which includes 27 of the state’s top business leaders (plus an additional 10 academic and 12 government leaders), is designed to encourage greater collaboration between Brazilian and Massachusetts companies, academic institutions, and government entities, resulting in greater economic benefits to both our economies.

(Delegation members at a trip briefing)

The mission is part of the Governor’s effort to market Massachusetts to key growth markets and centers of innovation around the world, and supports the Council’s goal of increasing tech sector employment in Massachusetts. Brazil, which already boasts one of the world’s fastest growing economies, has recently emerged as new hotbed of technology innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

MassTLC is serving as the lead non-governmental tech sector organizer for this trip, as it did on a recent mission led by the Governor to Israel and the U.K. earlier in the year. MassTLC members will take part in roundtables, company visits and meetings with government, academic, and business officials – all designed to encourage new collaborations and investments that will support our efforts to grow the Massachusetts tech economy.

(Pictured left to right: Consul General Fernando de Mello Barreto, Ambassador Mauro Vieira, and Governor Patrick briefing the delegation)

“We are committed to competing for every job in every corner of the Commonwealth, and the world,” said Governor Patrick, in the press release announcing the trip. “To continue our recovery, we need to position Massachusetts for success in growing markets like Brazil, to drive job growth and catalyze international investment.”

The MassTLC team will visit Brazilian companies, universities and government leaders during stops in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero. Last year, bilateral trade between Massachusetts and Brazil topped $475 million – representing more than $396 million in exports to Brazil and more than $80 million in imports to Massachusetts.

MassTLC President & CEO Tom Hopcroft featured on NECN discussing the trip:

The official delegation list is below.

Governor Deval Patrick
Secretary Greg Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Secretary Paul Reville, Executive Office of Education
Secretary Rick Sullivan, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Senator Marc R. Pacheco, State Senator, First Plymouth & Bristol District
Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Pamela Goldberg, CEO, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Patrick Larkin, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Kenneth Brown, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment
Josiane Martinez, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants

Dr. Dennis Berkey, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Robert Caret, President, University of Massachusetts
Dennis Carr, Assistant Curator, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts
Jason Dyett, Program Director, Brazil Office, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Laurence Madin, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Bruce Magid, Dean, International Business School, Brandeis University
Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State University
Maria Muller, Deputy Director, External Relations, Museum of Fine Arts
Ben Schneider, Director, MIT Brazil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Karina Xavier, Manager, MIT Brazil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aron Ain, CEO, Kronos Incorporated
Mohamad Ali, Chairman, Mass Technology Leadership Council; Senior Vice-President, Avaya
Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and Founder, PK Clean
Brian Burke, Northeast Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Wayne Canty, President, Heat Trace Products, LLC
Bob Connelly, CEO and President Madico, Inc.
Robert Coughlin, CEO and President, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Walt Doyle, CEO and President, WHERE Inc.
Marcia Fournier, Founder and CEO, BIOARRAY Therapeutics
Chris Goode, Vice-President, Global Corporate Affairs & Public Policy, EMC Corporation
John Harthorne, CEO and Founder, MassChallenge
Winston Henderson, Vice President and General Counsel, Nano Terra
Tom Hopcroft, CEO and President, Mass Technology Leadership Council
Florian Hunziker, COO, Harmonix Music System
Edvaldo Morata, Managing Director of Corporate Banking, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander
Linda Moulton, CEO, TRU Corporation
Steve Papa, CEO and Founder, Endeca
Robert Perez, Executive Vice-President and COO,Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Brad Rinklin, Vice-President, Global Marketing, Akamai
Kristen Rupert, Executive Director, Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) International Business Council
Dr. Ido Schoenberg, CEO and Chairman, American Well Corporation
Joel Schwartz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Global New Business Development, EMC Corporation
Greg Shell, Manager, GMO LLC
Dr. Riccardo Signorelli, CEO and President, FastCAP Systems
Per Suneby, CEO, PMC Biotec
Kirk Sykes, President and Managing Director, Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P.
Andrew Tarsy, President and Executive Director, Progressive Business Leaders Network

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