João Doria is the mayor of São Paulo, elected with 53% of the validated votes in a historical election defined in the first round. He was born in São Paulo and is 59 years old. He is married and father of three. Jornalist and publicist, Doria is the president of GRUPO DORIA, founder and licensed president of the Comitê Executivo do LIDE – Grupo de Líderes Empresariais (Executive Committe of LIDE – Entrepreneurs Leaders Group), and member of the Conselho Deliberativo do Fundo Social da Solidariedade do Estado de São Paulo (Deliberative Concil of the Social Fund of Solidarity of São Paulo). He is son of João Doria (1919-2000), State Deputy elected from PDC Party of Bahia and abrogated by the military coup in 1964. He moved with the family to France, where his father stayed in exile for 10 years. Doria was city secretary of tourism and president of PAULISTUR in between 1983 and 1986, during Mário Covas’ term of office as mayor of São Paulo. He participated in the organization of Diretas Já campaign in 1984. He was president of EMBRATUR and of the National Concil of Tourism from 1986 until 1988. In 2001 Doria joined PSDB Party. In 2007 João leaded Cansei, a civic movement for the rights of Brazilian people, to stand against the scandals of Mensalão, one of the biggest corruption schemes in Brazilian history. He was also communications officer in Rede Bandeirantes de Televisão (1979 – 1982) and Marketing professor at FAAP – Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, in São Paulo (1981 – 1983). Founder and vice-president of São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau. Doria is the founder and president of the Executive Committee of LIDE – Grupo de Líderes Empresariais, created in 2003. Currently it assembles 1700 affiliated companies, that represent 52% of the private GDP of Brazil. João hosted the interview TV shows called ˜SHOW BUSINESS” and “FACE A FACE”. He also hosted the reality show “O APRENDIZ” (The Apprentice). In 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, João Doria was elected one of the 100 most influential people of Brazil and of the world, in a survey took by ISTOÉ Magazine. In 2014, he was elected one of the 100 leaders with best reputation in Brazil, in a survey took by the European company Merco, published in Brazil by Exame.com. He was also honored as Person of the Year in May 2017, a title given by Brazil American Chamber in New York.
Diogo Costa is officer of the Institute of Innovation & Governance (INDIGO), has master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and PhD in Political Economy from London King’s College, where he teaches Principles of Economics. He has worked with research in public policy at Cato Institute and at Atlas Network in Washington, and as a professor of International Relations at IBMEC in Belo Horizonte. His articles have appeared in several national and international publications, such as O Estado de S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, Forbes, O Globo, Newsweek and The Telegraph.