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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Cintya Feitosa

Climate Policy Portfolio

Cintya has a master's degree in management, specializing in sustainability, from the São Paulo School of Business Administration at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV EAESP), with research on the adaptation to climate change (2019). She is a specialist in international relations from the University of Brasília (2013), and has a degree in social communication and journalism from the Centro Universitário IESB (2010). She has worked in the planning of coordination and communication actions in political mobilization, research in sustainability and socio-environmental causes since 2010. At iCS, she is responsible for supporting the engagement of subnational actors and civil society in the discussions relating to the international climate agenda. She has coordinated the implementation of the Subnational Platform for the Climate and the Brazil Climate Action Hub, which was a space for Brazilian civil society that was created for COP25, in Madrid.

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Deborah Cardoso

Climate Policy Portfolio

Deborah 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 policy, strategy and development from the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She also has a postgraduate degree 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), as well as training at The Climate Reality Project. In her professional career, she has mainly worked in the private sector with communication and strategy in national and multinational companies, involving areas such as consumer goods, telecommunications and insurance. She has also used her experience in voluntary activities with different civil society organizations. At iCS, she works to support the communication and outreach of the Subnational Platform for the Climate.

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Gabriel Lui

Coordinator of the 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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Kamyla Borges Cunha

Coordinator of the Energy Efficiency Initiative

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 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.

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Leonildes Nazar

Urban Legal Amazon Initiative Project

Leonildes is a political scientist and internationalist. She is from São Luís, Maranhão, and works and learns as a researcher, activist and consultant with networks, academic groups and civil society organizations. She is particularly dedicated to the agendas of climate change, socio-environmental justice and human rights; international cooperation; and actors and themes of Brazilian foreign policy. She has a degree in international relations (UFRRJ, 2014) and a master's degree in political science from the Institute for Social and Political Studies at UERJ (IESP-UERJ), where she is currently studying for a doctorate in the same area. Between 2019 and 2020, she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California – Berkeley. She is a researcher at the World Political Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo), the Interdisciplinary Observatory on Climate Change and a member of the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers (ABPN). At iCS, where she has worked since 2016, she coordinates the activities of grants, mobilization and field diagnosis for the Urban Legal Amazon Initiative.

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Luiz Eduardo Barata Ferreira

Energy Portfolio Consultant

Luiz Eduardo Barata Ferreira is an electrical engineer. He has a degree from the Faculty ofEngineering at the University of the State of Guanabara, a post-graduate qualification in powersystems at COPPE/UFRJ and a “Master in Business Administration – MBA” from COPPEAD/UFRJ. Hewas the general director of the ONS (National Operator of the Electric System), where he also heldother positions, such as the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and Presidentof the Board of Directors of the CCEE (Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy). He has alsoworked at ELETROBRAS, ITAIPU and FURNAS. At iCS, he is a consultant for the energy portfolio.

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Maíra Fainguelernt

Land Use Portfolio

Maíra is a geographer with a PhD in environment and society from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She has had an interdisciplinary career for over 10 years, expanding her experience in the Brazilian Amazon with a focus on environmental licensing, protected areas, riverside populations and the impacts of large hydroelectric 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 associate editor of Revista Ambiente e Sociedade (ANPPAS), a coordinator of the extension and culture program at the Federal University of the State Rio de Janeiro (Uni-Rio) and a member of the Latin American SARS-CoV2 network, and Power and Society at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). At iCS, she coordinates projects in the Legal Amazon that integrate the land use and food systems portfolio with 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


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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Renata Albuquerque Ribeiro

International Relations

Renata has a PhD and a master's degree in political science from the Institute for Social and Political Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ). She has a degree in social sciences from UFRJ. She was a visiting researcher at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) in 2017, both in South Africa, and a replacement lecturer at the Institute for International Relations and Defense at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IRID-UFRJ). She is a researcher at the World Political Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo) and at the Office of Economic Studies and Relations and International Policies of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (DINTE-IPEA). She has experience in the areas of international politics, Brazilian foreign policy, African politics, energy, climate change and the international cooperation for Sul-Sul development and cooperation. At iCS, she works directly with the climate policy and outreach portfolio and is responsible for monitoring and analyzing issues of Brazilian foreign policy related to the international climate agenda.

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Ricardo Lima

Energy Portfolio

Ricardo has a degree in physics from the University of São Paulo. He started in the energy area by participating in the creation of the energy conservation program for small and medium-sized companies at SEBRA-SP. He coordinated the privatization of the energy companies in the state of São Paulo for the department of energy, which raised a total of US$ 12.5 billion. He worked in the implementation of the wholesale market for electric energy, was the commercial director of Enertrade Comercializadora de Energia (currently EDP Comercializadora), commercial vice-president of AES Eletropaulo, commercial director of AES Tietê, chairman of the board of ABRACEEL (Brazilian Association of Energy Traders) ), executive president of ABRACE (Association of Large Industrial Consumers of Energy) and a director at CCEE (Chamber of Commerce of Electric Energy), among others. He is currently managing partner of Tempo Presente Consultoria em Energia, a member of the energy board of Fiesp, a member of IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance) and an independent director at SPIC Brasil. At iCS, he works with the energy portfolio.

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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.