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Episode Info: Guests are David Lavin and Lara Espirito Santo. David Lavin, Founder and Director Spark Global LLC, New York SPARK, is an impact innovation consultancy and startup greenhouse with headquarters in New York and Rio. Spark works with clients to develop new products, services and strategies that create measurable social impact and also develops scalable for-profit impact businesses. David's background includes management of high-level multi-sectoral partnerships, design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, and social enterprise strategy. Before founding Spark, David led strategy and operations in Brazil for the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS), working across sectors and countries to develop a pipeline for large-scale impact investing in green infrastructure. Previously, he developed programming for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). David holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. Lara Espirito Santo a born and bred Carioca and manages Spark's Rio de Janeiro office. Prior to Spark, Lara worked directly with the President of Instituto Pereira Passos (IPP) an arm of the Rio City government. There, Lara developed partnership strategies, devised new monitoring and evaluation systems and created the new project management office. She developed partnerships with corporate and non-profit organizations in the recently pacified favelas, working to stimulate entrepreneurship and capacity-building at the base of the pyramid, and support the development of new social enterprises. Lara holds a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and Modern History from the University of Manchester and a MSc in Poverty and International Development from the Institute for Development and Policy Management in the UK. Brought to you by Talk 2 Brazil sponsors: Focus MI Market Intelligence (focusmi.com) Brazil Business Tours by Eliana Souza (spintours.com.br) Talk 2 Brazil is part of RC Invest Consulting (rcinvest.com)
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