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Ana Yang

Ana is the president of iCS' board. With a postgraduate degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), she is Senior Consulting Fellow at Hoffmann Centre on the Sustainable Resource Economy (Chatham House). Ana was the former Climate Change Portfolio Manager at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in London. She already worked as Programme Officer Sustainable Business Advisory at IFC (International Finance Corporation) in São Paulo and as Executive Director of National Initiative at Forest Stewardship Council in Brasília. Her areas of expertise include sustainable finance, environmental and social risks management and forest finance mechanisms.

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Adriana Moreira

Adriana is a biologist with a PhD in Ecology from the University of Harvard (USA), and an expert in environment and sustainable development, with over 20 year experience in natural resources management, rural development and climate change and Latin America and Africa. She has also been nominated as the Global Leader for Biodiversity. Dr. Moreira acts as board member in advisory boards of national and international private foundations. At the World Bank, she leads a series of large projects in Latin America, focusing on Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

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Christian Spano

Christian Spano is a Peruvian senior executive with eighteen years of global experience in strategy design and implementation in the industry, energy and forestry sectors. He started his career in forestry in the Amazon forest working for the largest forestry company in Peru. He then transitioned his career to power generation at Globeleq (UK DFID funded private Equity), mining with Anglo American and WEF. Most recently his focused has been in gas and industry in both Systemiq and currently at CIFF where he is the Global Gas and Industry Director and the Director for the Latin American region. Christian studied economics (Bsc) (Magna Cum Laude), awarded the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening scholarship to study international development (Msc) at the London School of Economics, studied a postgraduate degree in strategy and innovation at Oxford University, Exeter College and finished the Advanced Social Management Programme at Cambridge University.

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Douglas Griffiths

Douglas is passionate about protecting the planet for current and future generations. Since January 2019, he has had the privilege of leading Oak Foundation in addressing issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With staff on five continents, Oak Foundation makes grants to over 400 organisations in 40 countries.
Before joining Oak Foundation, Douglas was a career diplomat promoting good governance, inclusion, and sustainable development across four continents.
Douglas has a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Notre Dame. He has lived in France, Puerto Rico, Canada, Portugal, Mozambique, Morocco, Switzerland, Haiti, Ecuador, Germany and the United States. He likes to spend every free moment in nature.

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Gabriel Visconti

Gabriel Visconti has a B.A and a master's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in addition to an Executive MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Business Research (COPPEAD). Visconti is an economist at the National Development Bank (BNDES) where he joined in August 1998, assuming different functions in the Social, Financial, Foreign Trade and Planning areas. He was for 6 years the superintendent of the Area of ​​Public and Social and Environmental Management, being responsible for Amazon Fund as well as for forest restoration projects, innovation in sustainability, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. He is currently the head of the Strategic Planning Department at BNDES. He was a member of the deliberative council of the BNDES Social Security Foundation between 2010 and 2016.

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Lucas Assunção

Lucas Assunção holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro and attended courses in Economics and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis programme at the Harvard Institute for International Development. In 2001, he joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to coordinate the BioTrade Initiative, which promotes the trade and sustainable use of biodiversity-based products and services in developing countries. Currently, he works as an independent economist.

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Marilene Ramos

Marilene has a degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a doctorate in environmental engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. She was director of infrastructure and sustainability between 2016 and 2018 at the Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) – responsible for the areas of energy (AE), social and environmental public management (AGS) and sanitation and transport (ASP). She was president of IBAMA from 2015 to 2016, secretary of the environment and president of the State Institute of the Environment of Rio de Janeiro (INEA) from 2008 to 2014. Among her qualifications, Marilene is renowned for taking part in the development and implementation of public policies involving the environment.

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Rodrigo Fiães

Rodrigo is the vice-president of iCS´ board. He holds a degree in economics from the PUC-Rio and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked in finance and economic research during the main part of his career, in different private and public organizations, both in and outside of Brazil. Former partner of Gávea Investments, he is now part of the Serrapilheira Institute and participates in The School of Life Brazil.

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Thula Pires

Thula Pires is a black woman of axé (a popular Brazilian musical genre), mother of Dandara and ballerina. She holds a Master’s and a Doctor’s Degree on State Theory and Constitutional Law by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where she works as adjunct professors in these same areas. At the same university, she is also Graduation Coordinator at the Department of Law and General Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center for Reflection and Afro-descendant Memory (NIREMA, in Portuguese). Thula was a visitor professor at the African Gender Institute of the University of Cape Town (CAPES/PRINT/2020). She is a CRIOLA associate and member of the Amnesty International General Assembly in Brazil.


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Helena Penna

Helena holds a degree in Economics in PUC-Rio, and she was a member of the Fiscal Council of Lojas Renner S.A. and Lojas Renner Institute since 2005 and 2008, respectively. She participes as a member of the Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP), which seeks to integrate women into the labor market through investment in work and income generation projects. She was Operations Director of Grupo Pão de Açúcar and also responsible for supply, logistics and after sales (SAC) of Ponto Frio, Extra and Casas Bahia sites from July 2008 to March 2012.

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Warley de Oliveira Dias

Warley is the director of R & R Audit and Consulting and Value Management Business. He has a Master degree in Accounting and Controllership from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). As a university professor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UFMG, PUC Minas, Milton Campos, Batista College, among others), he also has experience in multinational companies in accounting. He works in the areas of financial management, valuation and auditing. He ministers seminars for Philanthropy Magazine focusing on accounting for the Third Sector.