Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston To Lead Innovation Delegation to Brazil

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 13, 2012

On August 15-17, the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston will lead an Innovation Delegation of entrepreneurs, educators and technology leaders to Brazil to explore investment opportunities around sustainable urban environments in coordination with the Office of Innovation.

On August 15, Special Representative Balderston and delegates will travel to Brasilia to meet with Brazilian government officials and trade association leaders to discuss opportunities for partnership to promote innovation and sustainable urban development in Brazil. Special Representative Balderston will also lead a panel discussion of local business leaders, researchers and academics at the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development on “Bringing Innovation to Market” in Brazil.

Special Representative Balderston and the delegation will then travel to Sao Paulo August 16-17, where delegates will meet with young entrepreneurs and organizations that are investing in innovations that promote sustainable urban living. Delegates will also meet with the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning to better understand the potential for investment in sustainable cities promotion in Brazil.

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Innovation Delegation at the third U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue in Brasilia in April. This trip also reflects the U.S.-Brazil commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math careers, as highlighted in the US-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding on the Advancement of Women.

For updates, follow Special Representative Balderston at Twitter @GPIatState and @KrisatState.


Press Contact:
Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku, Global Partnership Initiative, U.S. Department of State, (202) 236- 4132.

PRN: 2012/1304