Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Brazil’s crisis continues, supported by a powerful agribusiness lobby with deep historical roots. Clifford Welch, professor of contemporary Brazilian history, will detail the centrality of agribusiness support for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016, and its opportunism in shaping the interim president’s policies. While the media has focused on corruption as cause of the crisis, he argues that historical perspective points toward the political opportunism of Brazil’s most traditional dominant class – the rural oligarchy – as it seeks to enhance its self-interest.
Clifford Welch is a professor of contemporary Brazilian history at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo.
Jay Bellissimo P’20, general manager and chief revenue office for of IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, will explore state-of-the-art developments in AI, including illustrations/case studies of how the cognitive potential of machines can transform our lives and industries. He will also discuss how AI can enhance consumer experiences across a broad range of applications.
Jay Bellissimo P’20 is the general manager and chief revenue officer of the Watson & Cloud Platform at IBM where he has been since 1991. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy across IBM’s core cognitive and cloud-based technologies, including large transformation engagements, channels, business partners and major client engagements.
Since he IBM in 1991, Bellissimo has held numerous management and leadership positions. Prior to his current role, he was the general manager for IBM Cognitive Solutions where he led the customer engagement and product strategy for IBM’s portfolio of cognitive-based solution technologies across 18 industries. He also served as the GM for customer experience for IBM Watson. He initiated the first wave of cognitive computing commercialization in key industries, such as healthcare, public sector and financial services, which would eventually be adopted by 36 countries and in five different languages and also led IBM’s Global SAP Consulting business. In this role, he led the strategy, sales and managed the client relationships, and operations.
Bellissimo holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College.
Mr. Bellissimo’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).