Maria Clara Magalhães
Maria Clara Magalhães (Clara) is Brazilian, from Alagoas. She self describes herself as very eclectic and loves to get involved with social impact initiatives, all guided by her purpose of bringing balance to the world through the freedom of the feminine.
Clara has been an IEEE Student Member since 2013. She is a Worldwide under 35 change-maker for The Economy of Francesco, Ambassador of the Brazil Conference at Harvard & MIT, Social Entrepreneur, Futurist, and designer, developing new tools from the perspective of building a more empathic world, especially for women.
Magalhães is the founder of the startup Be.Labs, which arises from the radical desire to change gender gaps in Brazil. Brazil occupies the 92nd position in the ranking of gender equality and is the fifth most violent country for women according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Be.Labs was awarded the UN Women WEPs Brazil Award for pioneering, invited to do a TEDxTalk on Gender Balance, and the company had an encounter with Pope Francis in 2020 to discuss a new economy – more inclusive for women. Now, they are developing a pioneering program in the use of virtual reality to solve social problems. Through Be.Labs, more than 150 women-led companies were accelerated, through classroom and online classes.
Clara has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is also trained in Futures Thinking by the Institute For The Future.
Maria Clara Magalhães’s previous roles include the 2022 Team Co-Lead of the Women Entrepreneurs Core Team on the 2022 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.