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Carolina Lessa

RELX Group
Director, Government Affairs, Latin America
New York, NY, USA


Carolina Lessa acts as the government affairs liaison for the Latin American region. She works closely with local business units to identify potential business opportunities and legislative and regulatory threats. Carolina manages key relationships with external firms and government bodies. She actively participates in industry coalitions and trade associations to promote public policy objectives in the region.

Prior to joining RELX Group, she headed the Washington, DC office of the largest Brazilian public affairs consulting firm, PATRI, and previously worked for the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) advocating for the removal of the ethanol import tariff. Carolina also worked at the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), where she led several key issues of the Brazil-US agenda, such as the renewal of a U.S. tariff exemption program, the Generalized System of Preferences. She also worked at the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo, at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and interned at BioAlliance International, a global NGO dedicated to humanitarian aid for refugees in Africa.

Carolina has a B.A. in International Relations from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP - Brazil), a specialization in Communications from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC - Brazil) and a M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University.

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