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New team members in September

The Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) continues to grow in impact, projects and staff. In September, our team increased a little more. We are pleased to introduce the three new employees from different areas of the Institute. Get to know them!


Leonildes Nazar is a political scientist and an internationalist, with a degree from UFRRJ and a master’s degree and doctorate from UERJ. She works as a researcher, activist and consultant with networks, academic groups and civil society organizations, especially in the following areas: climate change, socio-environmental justice and human rights; international cooperation; actors and agendas of foreign policy. From the island of São Luís, Maranhão, she writes and discusses concepts and repertoires in the field of MC from an anti-colonial perspective, mainly when dedicating herself to studies of racial, geopolitical and inequality issues. Leonildes was a visiting researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California - Berkeley (2019-2020) and trained at The Climate Reality Project (2020). She is a member of the World Political Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo), the Latitude Sul research platform and the LAB Climate and Peripheries network. She is an associate member of the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers - ABPN and a collaborating researcher at the Interdisciplinary Observatory on Climate Change. She is currently coordinating a consultancy project for the Urban Amazon, at the Institute for Climate and Society, where she has worked since 2016.


Déborah Cardoso has a degree in social communication, specializing in public relations, from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and a master's degree in public policies, strategy and development from the Economics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She also has a postgraduate qualification in marketing from the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets (Ibmec); and in economics and sustainability management from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Professionally, she has worked mainly in the private sector with communication and strategy in national and multinational companies, involving consumer goods, telecommunications and insurance. She has also worked as a volunteer in several civil society organizations. At iCS, she will work in strategic communication in the Subnational Platform project.


Emílio Matsumura has a degree and a doctorate in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). From 2012 to 2020, he was advisor to the presidency at the Energy Research Company (EPE). Among other duties, he was responsible for the executive coordination of the Ten-Year Energy Expansion Plan (PDE) and the 2050 National Energy Plan (PNE). Previously at EPE, he was the deputy superintendent and advisor to the department of economic and energy studies from 2006 to 2012. His professional experience includes working as an economic consultant for the economic law department of the Ministry of Justice and financial institutions, as an assistant administrator of international funds at BBM Asset Management – Banco BBM S.A., as well as being a technical reviewer and evaluator of academic publications. He currently teaches microeconomics and econometrics at IBMEC. He has been a professor of several disciplines in economics at PUC-Rio, EPGE/FGV, FUCAPE in Vitória (ES) and at Faculdades Cândido Mendes. Currently, he is the executive director of Instituto E+ Energy Transition.

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