Paulo SAVAGET, PhD in Engineering (Brazil)

Paulo recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. His research lies at the intersection of sustainability, system change, and innovation management - and is particularly focused on finding innovative solutions in situations where information is limited, resources are scarce, time is short, stakes are high, and decision-making is urgent.

Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Durham and Researcher at the University of Oxford

Research focus: Transitions to sustainability

Paulo has over 10 years of professional experience, working either as a lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, or researcher committed to finding innovative solutions towards a more socially inclusive and environmentally resilient world. As an entrepreneur, Paulo co-founded an award-winning start-up, which received funds from a Brazilian innovation grant to develop an LED solution for public lighting. As a consultant, he worked on multiple projects, including for an intergovernmental organisation (i.e. OECD), several large companies of different sectors in Latin America, non-profits, and government agencies. He has taught several courses at Fundação Dom Cabral, the best business school in Latin America, where he is now a Visiting Lecturer; tutored at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; and has been committed and actively engaged with social entrepreneurship in Latin America and Africa.

He has been granted the IBM Business of Government Award and the Oldham Award from the University of Sussex, and has received multiple scholarships for his studies, such as from the Gates Trust, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Brazilian Council for Science and Technology.

In 2013 Paulo was awarded a Green Talent for his analysis of the impact political conditions have on the use of natural resources through private companies.


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2013):

INNOVARE PESQUISA DE MERCADO E OPINIÃO, FUNDACAO DOM CABRAL (FDC), NOW CONSULTORIA, BRAZIL

Research focus: Sustainable Development, Eco-Innovation, and Product Development using Local Biodiversity

Paulo Savaget Nascimento understands that in order to achieve greater harmony between economic development and nature there needs to be a sea change, so the young scientist is using his research in sustainable innovation to change the impact businesses have on the environment.

Despite the importance of eco-innovation in the contemporary world, little is known about the subject, especially in countries with an emerging economy, such as Paulo Savaget Nascimento’s home country, Brazil.

Savaget is therefore working to bring eco-innovations – new processes, products, services and business models that can limit man-induced environmental damage and restore the environment – to the forefront of business and policymaking.

“I am keen on becoming a green entrepreneur, founding a pioneer NGO to articulate agents towards innovative and greener pathways,” Savaget says.

After concluding his Bachelor in Economics, Savaget realised he needed to supplement these studies in order to offer a more significant contribution to scientific research. He then focused on the roles played by science, technology and innovation in a transition towards sustainable pathways, and has completed a Master in Science and Technology Policy and a Master of Philosophy in Public Policies.

His recommendations based on investigative work on the main determinants, processes and results of eco-innovation in the Brazilian landscape, contrasted with benchmarking foreign experiences, have stimulated discussion between various agents, including the academia, enterprises of different sizes, NGOs and the government.

The jury was impressed by Savaget’s research approach, and honoured his analysis of the impact political conditions have on the use of natural resources through private companies. Being awarded as a Green Talent shall encourage Savaget to pursue his research path and continue campaigning professionally and privately for a sustainable future.