Ana is an economist and has a PhD in political science. She is currently the executive director of the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS). Ana is the co-founder of GIP (Public Interest Management). She was chair of the board of Greenpeace International from 2010 to 2017. Ana has extensive experience working in the areas of public policy advocacy, environment and climate change, sustainable development and philanthropy. She has been a board member of several organizations, such as GIFE Brazil, WINGS, ITS and the Wikimedia Foundation. She is presently a member of the Network of Brazilian Women Leaders for Sustainability and a board member of Agência Pública, Gold Standard Foundation, ClimaInfo, Instituto República, International Transparency and IPAM.
Adriana is a certified accountant, post- graduated in accounting and auditing at UFF as well as in project management at Esalq/USP. Her professional life in the period of 1999 to 2020 was at Ford Foundation Brazil Office on a variety of projects, most recently her role was Finance Manager and Local Coordinator for People & Culture. She is an associate at Spring Strategies in Strategic Finance. Before joint iCS’s team, she has been an independent consultant supporting Brazilian civil society organization to strength their finance resilience. At ICS, she coordinates operational and finance areas.
iCS Energy Portfolio Consultant
Amanda has a master’s degree in energy planning from COPPE/UFRJ and graduated in chemical engineering at UNICAMP. She worked for 13 years in the Brazilian energy sector. She was employed in the areas of basic engineering and corporate strategy at Petrobras, where she developed an in-depth knowledge of the international market of oil, natural gas and biofuels and in the different fuel production technologies. She has also worked as a consultant in renewable energies and energy efficiency, developing studies and coordinating activities in energy projects of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Since 2021, Amanda has been a consultant for the iCS Energy portfolio.
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.
Ana Beatriz Fandinho
Administration and Finance Analyst
Ana Beatriz has a degree in international relations from Ibmec – RJ (2011), a master’s degree in international business management from Newcastle University, in the United Kingdom (2014), and a postgraduate qualification in financial management from FGV –RJ (2020). She has worked as a contract assistant for goods and services at Petrobras (2012-2013); as a visiting translator at Fiocruz; and as an English teacher for children. She is fluent in English and has a certificate of proficiency in English from Cambridge University (CAE). At iCS, she mainly deals with the financial and administrative part of the institution, working with controllership, accounts payable, financial transactions, accountability for funders and systems management, among other activities.
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.
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.
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.
Financial and Administrative Assistant
Denise is a human rights activist and works with the homeless population. She has a degree in business administration from the Veiga de Almeida University, a postgraduate qualification in total quality management and an MBA in people management. She worked at Action Aid Brazil in administration and was responsible for matters related to compliance with policies of human resources, events, travel and office maintenance. She worked at Public Interest Management (GIP) in office administration and support for the board and at the Association of Registrars of Natural People in the State of Rio de Janeiro (Arpen Rio), with the promotion, expansion of access, and the eradication of civil under-registration of the vulnerable population. At iCS, she works with accounts payable, office administration and support for travel and events.
Executive Director of the Institute E+ Energy Transition
Emílio Matsumura has a degree and a PhD in economics from PUC-Rio. From 2012 until 2020, he was advisor to the CEO at the Energy Research Office (EPE), having, among other duties, the executive coordination of the Ten-Year Plan of Energy Expansion (PDE) and the 2050 National Energy Plan (PNE). At EPE, he was deputy superintendent and advisor to the superintendency for economic and energy studies from 2006 to 2012. His professional experience includes working as an economic consultant for the economic law office of the Ministry of Justice and for financial institutions, as an assistant administrator of the international funds of BBM Asset Management, as well as a technical reviewer and evaluator in academic publications. He is currently a lecturer of microeconomics and econometrics at IBMEC, having already taught at PUC-Rio, EPGE/FGV, FUCAPE (ES) and at Faculdade Cândido Mendes. In addition to being a focal point between the institute and its board of directors, his main responsibility consists in the institutional development and in the implementation of an organizational culture of excellence that allows the Institute E+ to produce technical knowledge for the promotion of the discussion related to energy transition in Brazil.
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.
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.
Institutional Relationship Advisor
Juliana has PhD in political science from IESP/UERJ, a master's degree in international relations from PPGRI / UERJ and degrees in law (UERJ) and history (UNIRIO). She is a researcher at the World Political Analysis Laboratory (LABMUNDO). Professionally, Juliana has worked as a lecturer of international relations (at Universidade Cândido Mendes and UFRRJ), as a researcher at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and as a consultant for the third sector at Public Interest Management (GIP). At iCS, she is responsible for coordination with the iCS funders, as well as the drafting of projects and reports.
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.
Katiane de Souza
Katiane is a Post Graduate in Project Management for the Third Sector, and a Specialist in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is undertaking a Master's Degree in Economics and Politics of Creative Industries. She has been working in the Third Sector since 2010 with experience in the management, assessment and monitoring of projects in government agencies, international bodies and civil society organizations. She has worked as a consultant in the management of social organizations and has international PMD Pro certification in the Management of Social Projects issued by the certifier APMG. At iCS, she looks after the management of grants, guaranteeing their compliance with the internal policies and procedures of the Institute, providing financial monitoring of the projects and supporting the grantees in the administrative aspect of the grants.
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.
Luiza de Mello e Souza
Manager of Institutional Development and Partnerships
Luiza has a master’s degree in educational technology for health sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a degree in biology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in addition to other certifications. She entered the world of philanthropy in 2001. She worked for twelve years at the Brazilian office of the Ford Foundation, as a grants manager from 2007 to 2016 and previously as a program associate. She was also a visiting researcher at the Polytechnic School of Health Joaquim Venâncio (at Fiocruz); she worked at the National Technology Institute (INT); she taught at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) as a replacement lecturer; and was a junior researcher and social educator in the EICOS Program, at UFRJ. Wanting to experience what it means to be a grantee, she joined iCS in 2016, when the institution was only one year old and took over the fundraising area. Currently, Luiza is responsible for relationships with funders, and manages the team dedicated to drafting the proposals and reports of the received grants; planning, assessment and learning; institutional communication and management of awarded grants.
Luiz Eduardo Barata Ferreira
Energy Portfolio Consultant
Luiz Eduardo Barata Ferreira is an electrical engineer. He has a degree from the Faculty of
Engineering at the University of the State of Guanabara, a post-graduate qualification in power
systems at COPPE/UFRJ and a “Master in Business Administration – MBA” from COPPEAD/UFRJ. He
was the general director of the ONS (National Operator of the Electric System), where he also held
other positions, such as the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and President
of the Board of Directors of the CCEE (Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy). He has also
worked at ELETROBRAS, ITAIPU and FURNAS. At iCS, he is a consultant for the energy portfolio.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Communication
Marisa has a degree in social communication, specializing in journalism, from FACHA. She has post-graduate qualifications in project management from the School of Engineering at UFF, and in business communication, at the Cândido Mendes University. Her professional experience includes working as a communications manager at Apex, linked to the MRE, where she implemented the strategic international communication to the United States, the European Union, and China. She reformulated the processes of internal communication and digital communication, as well as coordinating the press support team. Marisa also worked for the candidature, and subsequently for the organizing committee, of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As communications manager, she headed the strategic communication plan – which involved five years of work until the Games began, and then the communication of Casa Brasil for the London Olympic Games. She was an observer at the Olympic Games in London (summer) and Sochi (winter) for the press operation and relations. She has also worked for the Consórcio Estreito Energia (CESTE), in the construction of the Estreito hydroelectric plant, in Maranhão, where she managed the press support teams, events, communication with impacted communities and internal communications. Marisa worked with the Kigali Project and the implementation of the Institute E+ Energy Transition, and, at iCS, is the head of communication.
Martina Rillo Otero
Coordinator of Planning, Evaluation and Learning
Martina is an advisor, researcher and facilitator. She likes to ask questions and work together with other people. She has a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology: behavior analysis, both from PUC-SP. Since her master's degree, she has specialized in the evaluation of social projects and in the investigation of subjects related to the role of knowledge in the social transformation and in the promotion of democracy. She took the FIA evaluation course and the International Program for Development Training – IPDet – Intensive Core Course. She has worked with planning, evaluation and learning processes for 20 years with several social organizations. From 2008 to 2016, she coordinated the evaluation project, conducting studies, research and training in the area. She was an associate of the Instituto Fonte from 2007 to 2018, having served on the board for 4 years. She was also a member of the board, between 2015 and 2018, and is an associate of the Brazilian Network of Monitoring and Evaluation. At iCS, she coordinates the planning, evaluation and learning area, supporting the production of information and reflection in the institution - from the proposals submitted by the grantees to strategic planning meetings.
Matheus Henrique de Souza Matos
Administration and Finance Assistant
Matheus is a human resources technician, with experience in the administrative and people management sectors. At iCS he works in the Operations and Finance department, assists in the quotation and contract processes, and in the preparation of financial reports to funders.
Nathalia Paes Leme
Technical Reviewer of the Institute E+ Energy Transition
Nathalia has a degree in electrical engineering and a postgraduate qualification in analysis, design and systems management from the Estácio de Sá University. She also has a degree in cinema from the Estácio de Sá University and in astronomy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She has experience in the management and logistics of technical purchases, supplier coordination, project development, production management and scientific research.
Renata Albuquerque Ribeiro
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.
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.
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.
Grants Administration Manager
Silvia has a degree in industrial engineering from UFRJ and systems analysis from PUC-RJ. She recently obtained the ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) international certification and the ITIL v3 Foundation certification. She has worked in IT at large telecom companies and in consulting for 20 years, including at Telemar/Oi and at Maxprocess Consulting, where she was responsible for the specification of new systems, project management and optimizing businesses processes for clients. Prior to her position at iCS, she was responsible for institutional processes, grants and contracts, consolidating data and IT management at LARCI Brazil. At iCS, she manages the operations and guarantees their compliance with the internal policies and procedures of the institute, monitoring the projects financially and supporting the grantees in the administrative aspect of the grants.
Administration and Finance Manager
Tatiana has a degree in accounting from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), with a postgraduate qualification in controllership and finance. She worked from 2003 to 2011 as the financial, administrative and human resources coordinator at the private institution Oi Futuro. From 2011 to 2015, she worked at the international humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as the director of administration, finance and IT. At iCS, she is responsible for the administrative, financial and human resources areas. She is also a member of the audit committee of GIFE.
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.
Thatiana has a degree in journalism from FACHA, a master’s degree in political science from the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, and a post-graduate qualification in media relations. She has national and international experience in the areas of communication and journalism, with expertise in the development of projects of external communication, internal marketing and media relations. She worked for about 13 years as a reporter, in media relations, and as an internal communications consultant in Europe and the United States. Thatiana has worked with the monitoring and realization of readings and analyses of materials in printed and electronic media. At iCS, she is the executive assistant, responsible for the strategic support - internally and externally – involving the institutional agenda and support for the iCS board.