ABOUT US

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Amanda Ohara

Coordinator of Initiatives of the Energy Portfolio

Amanda is a chemical engineer with a degree from Unicamp and a master's degree in energy planning from COPPE/UFRJ. She has been working for more than 15 years in the Brazilian energy sector, occupying technical and coordination positions in institutions such as the Institute E + Energy Transition, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Petrobras. At iCS, Amanda coordinates the Energy and Amazon initiative, which supports the energy transition in isolated systems and the universal access to clean energy in the Amazon region. She also coordinates the support related to energy efficiency in the Energy portfolio.

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Américo Sampaio

Coordinator of the Communications and Outreach Portfolio

Américo Sampaio is a sociologist, with a post-graduate qualification in economics and government relations. He is a specialist in advocacy for public policies and was a campaign manager at Purpose Brasil. He coordinated civil society organizations such as Rede Nossa São Paulo and Comunitas. He was a member of the board of the School of Government of São Paulo and acted in campaigns that were focused on the environment and the Right to the City. He was a co-founder of Estrategia Brasil and a columnist for CBN radio. He is dedicated to techniques of research and social listening for campaigns involving causes. At iCS, he coordinates the Communication and Outreach Portfolio, which has the objectives to promote the capacity of campaigning, communication and outreach of civil society organizations in the socioenvironmental field. The aim is to mobilize the Brazilian population around key themes involving the climate issue in Brazil and, in particular, issues related to the Amazon.

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Caio Borges

Coordinator of the Law and Climate Portfolio

Caio is a lawyer with a law degree from the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), a master's degree in law and development from the São Paulo Law School at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV-SP) and a doctorate in philosophy and the general theory of law from the University of São Paulo (USP). He was the coordinator of the programs of business, human rights, development and socio-environmental rights at Conectas Human Rights (2014-2019). During his master’s degree, he was a lecturer in sustainability management and was a researcher at the Center for Human Rights and Companies at FGV-SP. Before joining the third sector, he worked in the private financial sector. He has 10 years of experience in sustainable finance, companies and human rights and international development. He is a non-resident fellow of the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University (China) and the Center for Studies on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the O.P. Jindal Global University (India). At iCS, he coordinates the law and climate portfolio, which aims to work with the Brazilian justice system to act proactively and assertively in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Gabriel Lui

Coordinator of the Land Use and Food Systems Portfolio

Gabriel has a degree in environmental management from ESALQ/USP, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in applied ecology from USP. He has held management positions in the areas of ​​forestry, sustainable rural development and combating deforestation at the Ministry of the Environment and at the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of the Biodiversity. He also worked in the development and implementation of some of the main policies related to land use in Brazil, such as the New Forest Code, the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR), and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). He is an associate researcher at the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), at Indiana University, in the USA. He was one of the authors of the IPBES Global Assessment, published in 2019. At iCS, he coordinates the portfolio of land use and food systems, with the objective of promoting actions and incentives for more sustainable land use, for the improvement of forest management and for the reduction of the environmental impacts of agriculture and food.

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Gustavo Pinheiro

Coordinator of the Low Carbon Economy Portfolio

Gustavo co-founded Bratus Natural Capital in 2015, investing in start-ups with a social and environmental impact. He was director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brasília, working on policies for the environment, infrastructure and agriculture. He has supported indigenous peoples and organizations from the Brazilian Amazon at the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). In addition, he managed ABN-AMRO Bank’s corporate digital channel operations until 2005. Gustavo was also a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Culture and the São Paulo transportation department. He has a degree in public administration from the São Paulo Business School – Fundação Getúlio Vargas and specialized in economic conservation tools in a joint program at the University of Brasília (UNB) with the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) and social change at the Harvard Kennedy School. As the coordinator of the low carbon economy portfolio, Gustavo supports the financing of projects that contribute to the acceleration of the decarbonization of the Brazilian economy.

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Julia Norat Cavancalti

Senior Lawyer for Land Use

Julia is a lawyer and environmental scientist. She is studying for a master's degree in Sustainability Policy and Management at the Center for Sustainable Development (CDS) of the University of Brasília (UnB). She has already worked as a legal advisor in the Land Use Portfolio of FILE – the Foundation for International Law for the Environment. She was a legal-legislative advisor at the Secretary of State for the Environment of the Federal District (SEMA/DF). She also had experience as a consultant in agriculture and forestry at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where she worked on projects of sustainable rural development and low carbon agriculture. At iCS, she works as a lawyer specializing in land use in the Climate and Law portfolio.

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    Julia Rosa Ferreira

    Advisor of the Programmatic Direction

    Julia has a degree in International Relations from PUC-Rio and a postgraduate qualification in the Environment from Coppe/UFRJ, which focused on the area of climate change and international cooperation. Her experience includes working as an assistant researcher at the Socioenvironmental Platform of the BRICS Policy Center in the study of global environmental governance and international climate negotiations She was also a project analyst at the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection (Idec) between 2017 and 2022, in the area of management and fundraising of international projects. At Idec, she also coordinated several initiatives in the environmental area, such as the international campaign for Green Action Week and extensive market research on greenwashing. At iCS, she works as an advisor of the Programmatic Direction and is responsible for supporting the management activities of the department.

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      Kamyla Borges Cunha

      Coordinator of Food Systems

      Kamyla has a degree in law from the Faculty of Law at USP, a master’s degree and a PHD in the planning of energy systems from the Unicamp Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on the role of Brazil in international negotiations regarding global climate change. She worked for over 10 years at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, coordinating the electric energy portfolio. She was also a lecturer in chemical engineering and environmental sciences at UNIFESP/Diadema. She currently works at iCS, initially as the coordinator of the Kigali Project, whose focus is to promote the increase of energy efficiency with the transition to refrigerant gases with a lower global warming potential in the air conditioning sector in Brazil, and now as Coordinator of Food Systems.

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      Leonildes Nazar

      Amazon Initiative Coordinator - Communication and Outreach Portfolio

      Leonildes is a political scientist and an internationalist from Maranhão. She is currently studying for a doctorate in politics at the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ). For ten years, she has worked as a researcher, as an institutional advisor, and in projects for civil society organizations, especially in the agendas of climate change, socio-environmental justice and human rights; political sociology; and actors and themes of Brazilian foreign policy. She is a researcher at the World Political Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo) and at the Interdisciplinary Observatory on Climate Change (OIMC). Between 2019 and 2020, she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California – Berkeley. At iCS, where she has worked since 2016, she is currently coordinating the activities of grants, mobilization and project management aimed at the civil society in the Amazon, in the portfolio of Communication and Outreach.

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      Maíra Fainguelernt

      Coordinator of the Initiative of Strengthening of Local Actors in the Legal Amazon

      Maíra is a geographer with a PhD in environment and society from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She has had an interdisciplinary career and for over 10 years has been expanding her experience in the Brazilian Amazon with a focus on protected areas, riverside populations, environmental licensing and the
      impacts of large hydroelectric power plants. She is currently an associate researcher for the project of the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) entitled “After the hydroelectric plants: social and environmental processes that occur after the construction of Belo Monte, Jirau and Santo Antônio in the Brazilian Amazon.” She is an associate editor of Revista Ambiente e Sociedade (ANPPAS) 
      and a collaborator of the extension and culture program at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Uni-Rio). At iCS, she coordinates the Land Use portfolio initiative aimed at the strengthening of local actors in the Legal Amazon and, in particular, with grants that have the objective of promoting more social and environmental justice among indigenous peoples and traditional communities and contributing to the conservation of the socio-biodiversity in the region.

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      Marcel Martin

      Coordinator of the Transport Portfolio

      Marcel has a degree in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a master’s degree in land planning and management from UFABC. His professional experience includes working with the coordination of large projects in the areas of urban planning, transport and mobility with multidisciplinary teams. From 2009 to 2016, Marcel worked on the development of transport studies, including master plans and mobility. From 2016 to 2018, he worked at IEMA in the management and technical coordination of the products established in the program of low carbon urban mobility. At iCS, he coordinates the transport portfolio, monitoring projects related to urban mobility, promoting knowledge and the discussion about transport economy. He also explores the interfaces between air quality and health with transport policy and technology.

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      Marina Marçal

      Coordinator of Climate Policy Portfolio

      Marina is a black ecofeminist and lawyer and is studying for a doctorate. She has a master’s degree in sociology and law, researching socio-environmental, rural and urban conflicts, from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF-RJ), where she also has a degree. She also has a master’s degree in ethnic-racial relations from the Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET-RJ). She has experience in academic research at FAPERJ and FIOCRUZ (including the Map of Conflicts of Environmental Injustice in Brazil), involving indigenous peoples, quilombola communities and traditional peoples and communities. She was an extension researcher for the legal assistance center of the Fluminense Federal University in the Amazon, with fieldwork in Oriximiná, in partnership with the office of the public defender, the court of appeals and the prosecution office of the state of Pará in 2012, 2017 and 2018. She was named in 2018 by The Intercept Brasil in a list of 138 black specialists. In addition to working in law firms, she was a policy and advocacy analyst in the private sector, human rights and inequalities area at Oxfam Brazil. At iCS, Marina is working on the building of strategies to implement Brazils NDC.

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      Paula Bernasconi

      Initiative coordinator for the portfolio of Land Use and Food Systems

      Paula has a degree in environmental management (ESALQ-USP), a master's degree in economic development (UNICAMP) and a postgraduate qualification in the collaborative management of socio-ecological systems in the Brazilian Amazon (University of Florida / UNEMAT). She has 15 years of experience working for civil society in projects concerning the conservation and sustainable use of forests, environmental regularization and land management in the Amazon, the Cerrado and the Pantanal, involving the dialogue and construction of solutions with actors from different sectors. She has served in multisectoral forums and instances of participation representing the third sector in the development and implementation of public and private policies and actions to combat deforestation, the appreciation of the forest and the accountability of commodity chains, such as the Forest Code and REDD+, in the integration between the local and subnational levels to the national and international levels. Before iCS, she coordinated the Program of Economic Incentives for Conservation at the Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV). She is currently an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a speaker and mentor at Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) and is on the Executive Board of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics (EcoEco). At iCS, she is the initiative coordinator for the portfolio of Land Use and Food Systems.

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        Roberto Kishinami

        Senior Coordinator of Energy Portfolio

        Roberto has a degree and a master's degree in physics from the University of São Paulo (USP), and is a specialist on energy and climate change. He was a consultant to banks, energy companies, governments, law firms and civil society organizations for fifteen years. He was a director of Greenpeace in Brazil from 1994 to 2001, part of the international board of ActionAid and the Institute for Democracy and Sustainability. His portfolio at iCS aims to accelerate the Brazilian energy transition, through public policies that replace fossil sources with renewables, thereby promoting economic development and socio-environmental justice. He supervises the energy efficiency initiative and the implementation of the Institute E+ Energy Transition.

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        Teresa Liporace

        Program Director

        With experience of more than 20 years in the Third Sector in Brazil, Teresa Liporace has been dedicated, since graduation, in the promotion of changes and policies that improve people's lives. She has a degree in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and a master’s degree in production engineering with a focus on technological innovation and quality - COPPE / UFRJ. Teresa specialized in the area of regulation/Brazilian Regulatory Certificate Program, at the George Washington School of Business (GWSB) and has broad experience in the field of civil society organizations in Brazil, with a focus on the implementation and monitoring of public policies.


        She is a former executive director of Idec – the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection, and throughout her career she has developed skills for the management of projects and programs, strategic planning, policy analysis and engagement with stakeholders. At iCS, Teresa Liporace leads the programmatic area of the Institute.