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Testimonials about the MBA in International Relations


Elisabete Massami Nishi

Cultural Advisor in diplomatic mission

"Currently, I work as a cultural advisor in a diplomatic mission, where I research various specific bilateral issues and from which I develop ideas and cooperation projects, either in the form of interactive events - virtual or in person - or with the possibility of professional exchanges within the area of bilateral issues. I also develop performance and analysis reports regarding the use of public resources, as well as facilitating the creation of networking opportunities to share the web of contacts within the same thematic framework.

The MBA in International Relations has provided me with an in-depth immersion in global issues, which has allowed me to take a more detailed and careful look at such matters. The course and the interaction with colleagues from related areas has also allowed me to broaden my perspectives by understanding these global issues from various angles. The learning process has introduced me to new ways of reading and researching, which are essential for understanding sources and their philosophical or political lineages. This has provided me with a fundamental tool for the development of the research that I carry out in my professional world."


Fernando Messineo Libano

Administrator, graduate student (MA) at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies (Geneva)

"With more than 10 years of experience in the financial segment of the private sector, I chose the MBA as an option that allowed me to start studying again without the need to interrupt my occupation. My main goal was to have a better understanding of an area that already interested me, but despite not having an immediate practical application in my work. However, as the course progressed, my interest in the area grew and, during the second year, I decided that I would use the MBA as a bridge for a career change. I did some research on different schools, talked to my professors and, after going through selective processes, I finished the MBA having already been approved in a master’s programme abroad.

As for the course itself, I have an extremely positive opinion. The quality of the professors and the high level of debate about important issues in the international sphere are undeniable. The professors manage to introduce subjects to some people who are newcomers to the area without losing the interest of those who already have knowledge of the field. I had this impression both on matters about which I had more knowledge because of my profession - such as international finance - as well as in new areas of knowledge. In addition to that, the professional and academic experiences of these professors are impressive and this is passed on to the students during class.

The frequency of the classes allows the course to be reconciled with full-time work, which is the situation of most of my colleagues. The diversity of students' backgrounds contributed significantly so that all the subjects discussed were approached from different aspects. This variety also means that the MBA has a different function for each student. There were people in different stages of their personal and professional trajectories and for all of them the MBA played an important role. For me, the result was the opening of a door to an entirely new trajectory, with a career change and a greater focus on academia."


Alexandre Rodrigues

"As a journalist, I've always seen myself as an eternal student. Even though I was out of the classroom for more than a decade after college, I have always had to do homework. As I wrote about politics and economics, I soon found out that investigating all aspects of a theme before an interview made a great difference in the quality of what I was going to deliver my readers.

In 2011, a specialization course for journalists led me to the United States for three months. As I visited the headquarters of newspapers and institutions such as the United Nations, I started to see the field of International Relations as a favourable environment for an old ambition: unite knowledge about politics and economics. These two disciplines have walked separate ways in the pages of the press, and yet, in the end, one explains the other.

At that time, I had already worked at media vehicles such as O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo and I was about to join the team at the Exame magazine. I started feeling the need to go beyond the superficiality that the immediatism of journalism imposes, even though I had the goal of improving my work as a journalist. I needed to broaden my repertoire to make better questions and to analyse critically the answers in order to write texts that are more relevant.

In order to develop my analytical skills, I needed to go deeper into themes such as international politics, economics, globalisation, security, international law. How to do that, given the busy daily routine of a reporter that I had? Besides, after being away from academia for so long, I did not even know where to start.

In 2012, the MBA in International Relations at FGV was the perfect solution. It became my passport back into academia, since the course had a strong emphasis on reviewing the literature of this area, and at the same time, it proved itself the most adequate format to conciliate my study routine with my work. I was surprised by the high level of expertise of my professors and by the quality of FGV's infrastructure.

I liked the course so much that I ended up becoming very interested in the area and, three years after the MBA, I went back to being a student. This time, a full-time student. In 2015, I left journalism aside for a while. Now I am dedicated to a master's degree in International Development at the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom. This new step was possible because I was granted a Chevening scholarship, a prestigious programme offered by the British government. I am sure that FGV's MBA contributed heavily to this achievement.” 


Fernando Brancoli
Assistant Professor of International Security at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

"My testimonial as a former student of the MBA in International Relations at FGV is a bit curious: I am currently a teacher of this very same course and my professional life has been deeply marked by the decision to take it. My goal in joining the programme, as part of the second class in 2009, was to rearticulate my entry back in Brazil after a few years working abroad. The decision was more than correct and the MBA promoted even more than that. Firstly, I had important figures of the field as professors, with ideas and interpretations of the world that profoundly altered the way in which I regarded the International System.

Moreover, the FGV brand and the networking among students opened academic and professional doors even before the end of the course. The Fundação Getulio Vargas’ MBA in International Relations attracts an extremely interesting group of students: I had colleagues who were directors of multinational companies, international journalists, economists from important banks and young researchers who were starting their career. The exchange of ideas, contacts and friendships lasts until today. The combination of powerful analytic tools with a network that remains active is a priceless legacy. The course has increased its performance and scope in recent years, with the sophistication of its disciplines and greater contact with the associated courses in São Paulo and Brasília. The motto, however, remains the same: the FGV International Relations MBA was the most successful choice I made that year and the path that my career took at that time is, largely, indebted to that.

Brancoli is alumni of the class of 2009 from Rio de Janeiro. In addition to being a teacher, he is a commentator at Globo News and works in international humanitarian organisations, such as the Red Crescent in the Middle East. "


Marcos Alexandre Vieira
Business Manager

"A holistic and sophisticated view of the international environment and maturity to interpret complex scenarios were essential premises for choosing this course. With my vast experience in the corporate area and immersed in projects with multicultural teams, the MBA in International Relations would be the perfect background to gather information capable of solidifying my knowledge about countries and the coherent way of interacting, structuring and supporting the diverse projects and challenges that I am involved with.

The Fundação Getulio Vargas allows the interaction with teachers to be unique, bringing to the classroom the singular experience of those who are involved with the most diverse themes, in international organisations, and representing the country with a robust and notorious knowledge about Politics, Economics, Theory of International Relations and Brazil’s position in the world.

Simultaneously, you have the opportunity to be among extraordinary people, who share unique and sophisticated knowledge, which leads to a very enriching experience of networking. They are talented journalists, lawyers, managers and professionals from different areas who bring with them the experience of those who learn in order to share and seek to continue transforming society.

With the support of a FGV partner, I had the opportunity to participate in the international module in Project Management at George Washington University in Washington DC. A unique experience which allowed me to attend classes for two weeks with renowned scholars, to meet high impact projects for the United States and of course, to participate in events at the Brazilian Embassy, in the American Congress and even to fulfil the dream of being in the American space agency (NASA) and closely monitor the project of the James Webb telescope, which was launched in 2018.

Opportunity. This is the word that best defines the experience with the MBA in International Relations and what the course has offered me after continuous dedication to those semesters that widened my view of the challenges of the 21st century. "


Maria Carolina Loureiro
Associate Professor of Neurology and Global Health at Pontífice Universidade Católica in São Paulo (PUC-SP)

"One of the features that attracted me the most in the MBA in International Relations was the fact that it is a very broad course in terms of content and that it is also aimed towards professionals, since I wouldn’t have the time for an undergraduate course in International Relations. I believe the course is relevant to people whose professional activity concerns international issues or is influenced by resolutions or norms of the international environment. Personally, after taking part in the elaboration of a public-private partnership between a university hospital and the authorities of the public health sector, I started to have a greater interest in promoting health from a perspective that focuses on the population rather than offering healthcare on an individual level.

This experience has helped me recognize some external factors that influence national health policy, such as international trade, intellectual property, foreign policy and international law. In order to expand my knowledge on these topics, I decided to specialize in Global Health and Health Diplomacy at the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development Studies in Geneva. When I began these studies, I had some difficulty understanding concepts related to international politics, commerce, and international law. That is why I decided to enrol in the FGV International Relations MBA.

It was a challenge for me as a doctor and a professor because I was totally out of my comfort zone. However, this course at the FGV was an essential step so that I could understand more comprehensively issues concerning global health and international relations. I came to have a clearer view when analysing the international situation and a greater ability to identify the power game that impacts collective health. Health has also become a vector of geopolitical strategy and soft power. My previous understanding was almost naive and limited to an exclusively humanitarian view, but it became more enriched and detailed after the FGV International Relations MBA.

By the end of the course, I was able to better understand how international policies affect what we, health professionals, do on a daily basis. Therefore, I felt more comfortable in promoting the theme of Global Health and International Relations with my medical students. And I became the first tutor on the topic of Global Health and Health Diplomacy in an undergraduate medical course in Brazil."


 Rodrigo Lourenço da Costa Maia
Lawyer at the Superintendency of Government Programmes of Eletrobrás

"The MBA in International Relations offered by FGV allows students to develop an important analytical capacity on a variety of themes present in the contemporary international scenario, based on solid academic and theoretical knowledge. In addition to the possibility of opening new paths in professional life, it is also a great opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and to have a more accurate view of the facts that influence our daily lives globally.

My experience in the FGV Rio's MBA in International Relations has allowed me to be in contact with excellent professors, who have encouraged me to deepen my reading and research work, and to have a more open mind in the face of the challenges that the modern world presents us."


Salomão Cunha Lima
Coordinator of Communications, Marketing and Client Relationship at Brasscom

"I got my degree in International Relations but felt that I needed to sharpen my understanding of the international system with greater detail and practical application in an environment where my colleagues also had practical international experience, which added value to the debate.

The MBA in International Relations of FGV provided me with this immersion. Highly qualified professors, competent and experienced classmates, dynamic and participative classes. These were the ingredients to make the most of the course and ascend in my professional career.

This environment has provided me with a mature view, not only regarding the analysis of the international system, but also when it comes to understanding the impact of political, economic and social actions in our country. This understanding led me to act socially, working with public policy-making for refugees in Brazil since 2014 and, in the following year, with the organization of spaces for debates concerning the inclusion of LGBT people in the labor market.

Having spent my professional journey in local and international NGOs, class associations and the International Relations Center at FGV, I currently work as coordinator of communications, marketing and client relationship at Brasscom, the Brazilian Association of Technology and Information Firms, having started my career at this entity as Institutional Relations Executive in 2015.

I strongly recommend the MBA to international professionals or those who intend to internationalize their careers. The development of a global perspective, the knowledge of essential theories, the enhancement of negotiation abilities and an understanding of Brazil's articulation with the world are some of the main technical and socioemotional competencies promoted by FGV's MBA in International Relations which made me a citizen of the world.


Vivian Mello
International and Government Relations Advisor at Federação Internacional das Associações de Pilotos de Linha Aérea (IFALPA)

"I had a very clear goal when I chose to do the MBA in International Relations at FGV: change my career. I was coming from a career of 10 years as an executive assistant in big companies and I was extremely dissatisfied and, I must confess, unhappy about my professional life.

At the age of 30 I was afraid of starting a new undergraduate course and having difficulties later on to reallocate myself in the market due to my age. It was necessary to prepare a plan and the MBA, given its shorter duration and its strong and consistent syllabus, could leverage my career change.

The course did not disappoint me. On the contrary: the faculty managed to enhance my abilities in order to mold an efficient executive profile. The exchange of experiences between classmates, all of which were well prepared and with distinguished backgrounds, led to discussions which allowed me to incorporate theory in practice, not only in the government sphere, but also in the entrepreneurial reality.

Less than a year after the conclusion of the MBA, I took the position of International and Government Relations Advisor. I am responsible for advising the executive vice-president of IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations) regarding themes of air regulations and, especially, in negotiations with other countries. I am responsible for the South and Central Americas regions, but also for managing these region's relationships with the rest of the globe. IFALPA acts on the global aviation segment, influencing the decision-making process at the Organização da Aviação Civil Internacional (ICAO) - the UN agency responsible for worldwide aviation regulation.

Having the FGV brand in my curriculum vitae was essential to participate in the most disputed selection processes. The MBA in International Relations offered me the tools to achieve the position I chose. I learned that professional success is the result of dedication, discipline and good choices. FGV was the best of them!”


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