Ricardo Valentim

Coordinator for The Laboratory of Technological Innovation in Health (LAIS) in Natal, Brazil

Ricardo is Coordinator for The Laboratory of Technological Innovation in Health (LAIS) in Natal, Brazil. He believes that Distance education, or technology-mediated education, which he feels is a more appropriate term, has a mission and a very important role to democratize access to knowledge. It then breaks the geographical barriers and brings the individual and the knowledge society closer together, bringing the possibility of people in remote or arid areas who would not have access to certain formations of the highest quality to approach education. Using online learning as an instrument to advance humanitarian action making society more productive, LAIS carries education everywhere regardless of distance or geographical location. Ricardo leads LAIS to maximize this know-how and technology to help other countries with the same needs to develop their societies. The LAIS team was recently recognized among the “100 More Influential in Healthcare.”