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Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar​
Managing Director

Rosabelli is responsible for developing projects in Brazil with MIT students, faculty, corporate partners, academic institutions, foundations and government organizations. Among other responsibilities, she manages the MIT-Brazil Seed Funds, which promote faculty collaborations with Brazil's top researchers, and she oversees the entire internship process of recruiting, placing and preparing MIT students for work at Brazilian institutions.

Originally from Brazil (Petrolina-PE), Rosabelli arrived in Cambridge in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree as a Lemann Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After graduation, she used her skills at a community-centered non-profit, before joining MIT to become one of their liaisons with Brazil. Read more



Marco de Paula 
Program Assistant

Marco is the MISTI MIT-Brazil Program Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He works alongside the MISTI team in supporting the MIT-Brazil Program Managing Director Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar, with the goal of firmly connecting MIT and Brazil through research, teaching, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Marco holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Relations form the University of Massachusetts Boston. Following a history of working with Brazilian nationals at the General Consulate of Brazil, Marco is passionate about applying principles and concepts related to international relations, human rights, and foreign affairs in a professonal or education setting.

He has belonged to several different volunteer organizations throughout the years, helping fundraise, advocating for, and supporting refugees and immigrants' communities. Through his community and activist efforts, he has also helped bring public awareness to significant local risks to public safety and environmental health.     

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