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Brazil-Africa Skills Development Exchange Workshop

13 August 2015 - Host: World Bank

In order to reap the full benefits of economic growth, sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries need to curb unemployment and reduce poverty, which will in turn result in an increased consumer base that will support further growth. All SSA countries have institutions in place to provide technical and vocational education and training (TVET), operating in a variety of organizational setups and there is broad consensus that most national TVET systems can be improved through targeted policies. SENAI is Brazil’s largest TVET institution and one of the largest in the world. SENAI exchanges TVET expertise with analogous institutions in the African continent.


Felipe Morgado, Executive Manager for technical and technological education at SENAI’s headquarters in Brasilia

Morgado has a career in education, planning, budgeting, and management, with experience in non-profit organizations, education institutions, and managing large federal government programmes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the Brasilia Catholic University, an MBA in Financial Control and Finances, and a graduate degree in project management by the Getulio Vargas Foundation. 

João Almino de Souza Filho, Director General of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC)

Marcelo Feres, Secretary of Professional and Techonological Education at the Ministry of Education

Marcelo Feres graduated from the Faculdade de Filosofia de Campos with a bachelor degree in Mathematics and holds Master degree in software engioneering from the Vrije Univesiteit Brussel, Belgium, and from the École des Mines de Nantes, France. Mr. Feres has served the Ministry of Education since 2008, in positions that include that of Director of Integration of Professional and Technological Networks. 

Dr. Sajitha Bashir, Education Practice Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa Region of the World Bank. 

She has over 15 years of operational and research experience with the World Bank, national and state governments in India and other donor agencies. Within the World Bank, she has worked in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, where her priorities have been leading policy dialogue, strategy development and designing and guiding education sector reform programs within the broader framework of fiscal and governance reforms. She has extensive experience in preparing and implementing projects at all levels of education. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as Chief Consultant for Research and Evaluation with the Government of India’s national primary education program. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics and has published extensively.