Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil and what this means for the future of the country with Professor Nicholas Burns.


Ambassador Clifford Sobel is a currently a Senior Partner at Valor Capital Group. Ambassador Sobel served as Ambassador to the Netherlands (2001-2005) and Brazil (2006-2009), spanning both the Bush and Obama Administrations. Today he is Managing Partner of Valor Capital Group, which is a diversified investment group investing in Brazil. He is also a Partner in Related Brazil, a mixed-use developer in Brazil, and he is a Partner and Board Member of Contagalo, a diversified agriculture group. He has served on Advisory Boards to the American Military Commander of Europe and NATo, as well as the Command for American Forces for Central and South America. He is on the Board of Directors for Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE) (DO), and the Boards of Council of American Ambassadors, Council of the Americas, and Christie’s Advisory Board for the Americas. He serves on the Board of Wenzhou Kean University based in Zhejiang Province, China, one of the first universities to grant degrees in English in Accounting, Finance, English and Computer Science. He is also on the Advisory Board to Fundação Dom Cabral Brazil (FDC), which is a leading school for Executive Education in Brazil. Ambassador Sobel has received award recognition for contributions to bilateral relations from Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, as well as the State Governments of Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Sergipe.