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Ana Flávia Ferro

I hold a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Campinas (Unicamp, 2002), and a Master and PhD degree in Science and Technology Policy from the same University (Unicamp, 2006 and 2010). Part of my doctoral research was done at the Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL – UPMF/INRA), from the University Pierre Mendès-France, France (2007-2008). My Master dissertation was about technological opportunities, competitive strategies and legal environment related to the sustainable use of Biodiversity by Brazilian companies and my Doctoral research was about practices and competences in collaborative R&D, specially those related to open innovation corporate strategies.I am currently Associate Researcher at the Laboratory of Studies on the Organization of Research and Innovation (GEOPI) and at the Laboratory of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and International Commerce (LEICI), both at University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP). I also have a position as Associate Consultant at Elabora Consulting. Before that, I had a position as researcher in the Partnerships and Innovation Management Department of the company Natura (2006-2007), where I took part on the team responsible for implementing the “open innovation” strategy of the company. I have been working on consulting and research projects mainly focused on R&D and innovation planning, management and assessment. Besides that, my research interests are:

  • Strategic alliances, open innovation and innovation networks;
  • Industrial Dynamics of Innovation, specially in the Cosmetics and Toiletries, Sanitation, Energy, and Agriculture businesses and industries;
  • Sustainability (sustainable development, sustainable use of biodiversity, access to genetic resources, and corporate social and environmental responsibility).