Light Announces Appointment of New Secretary for Innovation, Science and Technology


The next head of the Secretariat for Innovation, Science and Technology will be former academic dean of Unisinos Alsones Balestrin. The selection was announced by Governor Eduardo Lett on Friday (1/14). Minister Louis Lamb, in charge of the portfolio since the beginning of the administration, announced last Monday (1/10) his departure from the government.

“Once again, I thank Lamb for his hard work and dedication during these three years of government, and in particular his tireless performance during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, I’m sure Professor Ballestrine is fully committed to state innovation policy and has the capacity, knowledge, and connections to academia and the private sector. Ensure that the country keeps innovation policy at the heart of its development strategy,” Light emphasized.

The opening ceremony will take place next Wednesday (1/19) on a date to be determined.

“I was honored to invite the Governor to serve as Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology. I look forward to continuing the wonderful work done by Secretary Lamb and his entire team. I will do everything in my power to ensure that innovation, science and technology drive development, wealth creation and quality of life for all gauchos,” Ballesterine said.

Balestrin was Academic Dean of Unisinos for 12 years. He is co-founder of the Alliance for Innovation UFRGS-PUCRS-Unisinos and Pacto Alegre, Agreement between educational institutions, government, private entrepreneurship and civil society to encourage collaborative entrepreneurship.


Alsones Balestrin holds a double doctorate, in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and in Information and Communication Sciences from the Institute of Communications and Digital Technologies of the University of Poitiers / France. Postdoctoral training in business administration at the École supérieure de commerce, HEC/Montréal-Canada. He holds a master’s degree in management from UFRGS and a bachelor’s degree in accounting sciences from the Universidade Provincial Integral de Alto Uruguay y das Mises (URI). He was trained and certified as a board member by the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC).

At Unisinos, where he taught for more than 20 years in the School of Management, he served as Academic Dean (2017-2022) and Director of Research and Graduate Studies (2009-2017). He has been working since 2007 as a visiting professor at the Institute of Business Administration of the University of Poitiers / France. He is a researcher in productivity at CNPq (PQ1D) and author of national and international books and articles on the theme of strategy, technology and innovation. He has worked in various organizations as a board member and in other leadership positions. He was one of the founders of the UFRGS-PUCRS-Unisinos and Pacto Alegre Innovation Alliance.

Text: Suzy Scarton
Editing: Vitor Nikki/Sicom


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