Educated as an electronic engineer, Vanda's her career spans more than 35 years in management positions in ICT in both the public and private sectors. She has advised the government on, and helped to write and implement, many core pieces of legislation across Brazilian commercial life, from Integrated Circuits, Electronic Crimes, Information Technology Law, Software, Copyright, Patent and Agricultural Varieties Laws.
In public service she has had an illustrious career: For the Brazilian government she has twice been National Secretary for Industrial Technology and National Secretary for Information Technology Policy; President of the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI), Advisor to the Economic Development Secretariat for the São Paulo State Government, Representative of Brazil to the Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Inc. (“ICANN”), and a member of CGI.br the manager of the Brazilian country code .br. She has represented Brazil in several international fora including WIPO, the WTO, the United Nations, MERCOSUR, various FTAA negotiations and regional agreements such as the Declaration of Florianopolis. Internationally she is a leader in two e-commerce trade projects with Mercosur and the European Union and e-Waste projects that are a partnership between the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology and World Bank-InfoDev. She has consulted on many ICT-related projects at international organisations in areas spanning e-commerce and environmental policy, best practice dissemination and market reform.
In the private sector, her career has been equally successful. She has many years of Board experience in national and international for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently she coordinates a group of companies to promote Brazilian Agrisoftware. She has advised law offices and environmental companies in ITC issues. She has helped various ICT companies set up their manufacturing plants in Brazil, and local SMEs to absorb transferred technologies.
Like most engineers, Vanda has a real passion for innovation, research and development. She has helped set up R&D centers in the country among them CPqD, taking on responsibility for the implementation of the ICT infrastructure and general organization. She is presently Chair of the Board of FITEC, an ICT research & development center, and a board member of both Instituto Eldorado and Instituto de Tecnologia de Software (ITS). She has helped found two business associations: ABIMI – microelectronics related industry and NEXTI – ICT Executive Women Association as well as the international DNS Women group.
Since 1986 she has been a Partner at Polo Consultores Associados and IT Trend, both ICT consulting companies.
Vanda has been a key leader in international policy for Internet names and numbers, particularly in the work of ICANN Since 2000. Other than her service as Brazil’s GAC member, she has been:
Member of (Dec 2004 – Dec 2007) and ALAC Liaison to (2010) the Board of Directors;
Vice Chair and Member of the At-Large Advisory Committee (“ALAC”) (Dec 2007 - Nov 2009)
Member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (“SSAC”) (2010-2013);
Chair (2012) and Member (2011, 2013 and 2014) of the ICANN Nominating Committee
She is presently collaborating with former UK Ambassador Nick Thorne to help the Public Interest Registry (“PIR”) to launch the new gTLD .NGO / .ONG.
Outside of DNS issues she has been active in the Internet Society for years, most recently as a Member of the Nominating Committee 2011 & 2012 to elect the Board of Trustees, and a long-time participant of many international Internet Governance discussions and processes.
Since 1987 she has been a Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (“FGV”) Management Business Administration, first teaching MBA regular courses on Intellectual Property for Business and now in MBA courses on Science, Technology & Innovation Management. She is also a Professor in IT & Sustainability MBA at the University of São Paulo (“USP“) and its Engineering School, teaching IT Public Policy.
She has accumulated many honours over the course of her career, of which those below are just a few:
· Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro, awarded by its Legislative Assembly [ http://www.alerj.rj.gov.br ];
· Technology Benefactress of the Brazilian Army;
· Recognised as “Most Influential Woman in ICT“ 2007 by Gazeta Mercantil, at the time one of the most influential newspaper in Brazil.
She is an honorable member of several associations in Brazil including that for ISPs (ABRANET.org.br), Software (ABES.org.br) and e-commerce (Camara-e.net). Internationally she is a member of WTN (World Technology Network), and NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors – USA).
She has authored and co-authored several books and papers, among them “e-Government: O Governo Eletrônico no Brasil”, 2004, Saraiva Editora(www.editorasaraiva.com.br), published 2007 (English version 2010) and has a patent granted in 1983 for an electronic controlled traffic light.
Vanda may be reached at email@example.com