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Guilherme Syrkis

UChicago Obama Scholars 2019-2020


Former Special Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil





Guilherme Syrkis is an entrepreneur and a policy advisor on renewable energy. In 2009, Guilherme co-founded a solar-energy startup that was one of the pioneers in the development of solar photovoltaic projects connected to the grid in Brazil. The company also provided consulting services to foreign energy companies. In 2013, Syrkis co-founded the Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association and became its Vice-President; during his tenure he analyzed and negotiated agreements to consolidate the Brazilian energy industry. From 2016 to 2019, Guilherme served as Special Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Energy, promoting renewable energy, innovation, and tackling climate change. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Manaus Free Trade Zone to evaluate and recommend industrial investments in the Amazon.

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