Cauam Cardoso is a PhD student in International Development at MIT. His research interests lie in the interface between technological change and economic development in emerging countries, with particular emphasis on national innovation systems and the role of appropriate technologies in contemporary development practice. A Brazilian national, Mr. Cardoso has a Master’s in Political Economy from University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, with qualification in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).

Since the start of his career in 2002, he has lived on 6 different continents, having worked professionally on 5. After developing several socio-environmental and sanitation projects in Brazil, he spent two years in Angola, where he worked with sanitation and solid waste projects as a consultant, coordinator and director. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), initially serving in Cambodia, and most recently at the FAO headquarters in Italy, where he supported the development of food security projects being implemented worldwide.

Mr. Cardoso received many national and international awards for his work, including first place in the International Essay Competition of the World Bank (Japan, 2006), the Most Innovative Policy Proposal at the African Program on Rethinking Development Economics (South Africa, 2011) and the MIT Presidential Fellowship (United States, 2012).

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