Marco Konopacki

Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Marco Konopacki, PhD, is the Director of Governance and Digital Innovation at the General Public Defense of Rio de Janeiro, where he is leading efforts to modernize the agency’s operations and improve access to justice for citizens. As a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow on Technology Policy and Management at Syracuse University, Marco developed expertise in the intersection of technology and public policy, which he now applies to his work in the public sector. He is a skilled programmer and has experience developing software solutions for various types of organizations. In his current role, Marco is focused on using technology to streamline operations, increase efficiency, and enhance the agency’s ability to deliver legal services to the public. He is passionate about using his skills to drive positive change and is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the field of governance and digital innovation.


  • Collaborative governance
  • Online collaborative law and policymaking
  • e-Government

Presentation Topics

  • Participatory institutions in Brazil
  • Digital transformation, civic-tech and new governance paradigms
  • ICT’s impact on democracies

Interest Areas

  • Collaborative governance processes and theory
  • Technology (high and low tech) applied to collaborative law and policymaking
  • Public digital services


Director of Digital Governance and Innovation
General Public Defense of Rio de Janeiro
Dates Employed Apr 2023 – Present
Location Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Chief Digital Officer
Niteroi City Hall (Budget & Planning Portfolio)
Dates Employed Mar 2022 – Mar 2023
Location Niterói, RJ, Brazil

Director of Paperless Office Transition
Niteroi City Hall (Budget & Planning Portfolio)
Dates Employed Aug 2021 – Feb 2022
Location Niterói, RJ, Brazil

Senior Policy Advisor
Niteroi City Hall (Education Portfolio)
Dates Employed Feb 2021 – Jul 2021
Location Niterói, RJ, Brazil

Senior internship
The United States House of Representatives
Dates Employed Apr 2020 – Jul 2021
Location Washington, DC, USA

Research Fellowship
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University)
Dates Employed Aug 2019 – Apr 2020
Location Syracuse, NY, USA

Program Manager
Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade (ITS Rio)
Dates Employed Apr 2016 – Jul 2019
Location Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Research Fellowship
The Governance Lab
Dates Employed Aug 2018 – Feb 2019
Location New York City, NY, USA

Senior Consultant
PNUD Brasil (United Nations)
Dates Employed Aug 2016 – Apr 2017
Location Brasília, DF, Brazil

Ministry of Justice of Brazil
Dates Employed Sep 2014 – Apr 2016
Location Brasília, DF, Brazil

Ethymos Civic Technologies
Dates Employed 2006 – 2019
Location Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Founder and Director
Soylocoporti – Pela Integração Latino-Americana
Dates Employed 2005 – 2014
Located in various cities of Latin-America


Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Ph.D. in Political Science
Field of Study: Democracy Innovations and Participatory Public Administration
Dissertation: Collective Intelligence and Democracy – A model to analyze crowdlaw in participatory process
Dates attended 2016-2021

Syracuse University
Certificate of Advanced Study in E-Government Management and Leadership
Dates attended 2019-2020

Universidade Federal do Paraná
M.Sc. in Political Science
Field of Study: International Organizations
Thesis: Organizational and political aspects of counter-hegemonic globalization – a world social forum case study
Dates attended 2010 – 2012

Universidade Federal do Paraná
Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA
Dates attended 2001 – 2005


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (Native)