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Portrait of the ARISE Vice-Chair
CEO at AI Systems Research Ltd (AIR) (computer software, consulting) & ARISE Vice-Chair

Fernando Britto is the founder and CEO of AI Systems Research (AISR), a technology and consulting company specialized in analytics, decision support and artificial intelligence solutions and is the Co-founder of Hub 4 Ventures, a venture builder fund dedicated to leveraging entrepreneurship. He is responsible for the AISR's social responsibility initiative "Making Smart Cities". In addition, Fernando Britto has served as ARISE Global Board Member since 2017, as the ARISE representative at SEM and as UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) focal point since 2019.

Based in São Paulo, Brazil, he has over 20 years of experience on business process optimization and restructuring and on decision models based on analytics. Fernando Britto holds a Master’s in Technologies of Intelligence and Digital Design (Cognitive Sciences), a specialization in Business and Administration and a BSc in Computer Science. eFor the past five years he has been the invited professor of Expert Systems and of Analytical Intelligence/Business Analytics in the Master in Business and Information Systems at Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP).

Currently his research focus is on intelligent agents to support decision making processes. 

Disaster risk reduction activities

Since 2014, Fernando Britto has been responsible for the "Making Smart Cities" initiative presented at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015, that is dedicated to make cities smarter and more resilient by supporting the development and implementation of Local Resilience Plans and of integrated strategies and planning considering the Sendai Framework, the SDGs, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the Agenda for Humanity. Together with Campinas Civil Defense, the initiative received the 2019 UN Sasakawa Award. Today the initiative impacts more than 40 million people.