ABOUT US

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Ana Toni

Executive Director

Ana is executive director of the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) and a founding partner of GIP (Gestão de Interesse Público) [Management of Public Interest]. She is an economist and has a PhD in Political Science. Ana has had a long career in working and supporting projects focused on social justice, the promotion of public policies and areas involving the environment, climate change and philanthropy. She was Chairperson of the Board of Greenpeace International (2010-2017), a director of the Ford Foundation in Brazil (2003-2011) and of ActionAid Brasil (1998-2002). In addition to having been a member of the board of GIFE, WINGS, ITS and Wikimedia, Ana is currently a member of the Network of Brazilian Women Leaders for Sustainability and the boards of Light, the Gold Standard Foundation, IPAM and Transparency International Brazil.

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Adriana Moura

Administrative-Financial Coordinator

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.

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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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    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.

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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

    International Relations Advisor

    Cintya has a master's degree in management, specializing in sustainability, from the São Paulo School of Business Administration at the Getulio 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 actions of coordination and communication in political mobilization, research in sustainability and socio-environmental causes since 2010. At iCS, she is responsible for advising the executive board in the structuring and monitoring of the international strategy of the organization, in order to improve the participation of iCS, the grantees and partners in debates, networks and international events that are relevant to the Brazilian climate agenda. She coordinates the operation of the Brazil Climate Action Hub, which is a space for civil society that was created for COP25, in Madrid, and which had its second edition at COP26, in Glasgow.

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    Denise Reis

    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.

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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 Cavalcanti

    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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    Juliana Luiz

    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.

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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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    Katiane de Souza

    Grants Coordinator

    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.

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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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    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.

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    Luis Phelipe Castro

    Director of Innovation and Technology

    A native of Rio de Janeiro, Phelipe qualified as a systems engineer at UERJ and has postgraduate degrees in Technology Management from UFRJ and in Marketing from FGV- RJ. With over 35 years’ experience in information technology (IT), he began his career in the Brazilian Navy as a systems analyst. In 1991, he began a long and successful period at Coca- Cola Brazil. For more than twenty years, he was in charge of the IT area in Brazil and Latin America, heading ERP implementation initiatives, business intelligence tools, B2B/D2C e- Commerce platforms, and CRM and digital marketing strategies. As a member of the senior leadership team, he was responsible for defining the business plans for Brazil and guaranteeing their alignment with global IT and innovation strategies.

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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 theimpacts 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 the 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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      Marisa Bastos

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Paula Bernasconi

      Initiative coordinator for the portfolio of Land Use and Food Syste

      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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      Silvia David

      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.

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      Tatiana Zanotti

      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.

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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.

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        Thatiana Santos

        Executive Advisor

        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 diploma in media relations. She has national and international experience in the areas of communication and journalism, with expertise in the development of projects in external communication, internal marketing and media relations. She worked for about 13 years as a reporter, press officer and as an internal communications consultant in Europe and the United States. Thatiana has worked with the monitoring and performance of readings and analyses of materials in the printed and electronic

        media. At iCS, she is responsible for the internal and external communication of the executive management.