ABOUT US

BOARD MEMBERS

Ana Yang

Ana is the president of iCS' board. With a post-graduate degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), she is Senior Consulting Fellow at Hoffmann Centre on the Sustainable Resource Economy (Chatham House). Ana was the former Climate Change Portfolio Manager at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in London. She already worked as Programme Officer Sustainable Business Advisory at IFC (International Finance Corporation) in São Paulo and as Executive Director of National Initiative at Forest Stewardship Council in Brasília. Her areas of expertise include sustainable finance, environmental and social risks management and forest finance mechanisms.

Adriana Moreira

Adriana is biologist with a PhD in Ecology from the University of Harvard (USA), and an expert in environment and sustainable development, with over 20 year experience in natural resources management, rural development and climate change and Latin America and Africa. She has also been nominated as the Global Leader for Biodiversity. Dr. Moreira acts as board member in advisory boards of national and international private foundations. At the World Bank, she leads a series of large projects in Latin America, focusing on Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. 

Gabriel Visconti

Gabriel Visconti has a B.A and a master's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in addition to an Executive MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Business Research (COPPEAD). Visconti is an economist at the National Development Bank (BNDES) where he joined in August 1998, assuming different functions in the Social, Financial, Foreign Trade and Planning areas. He was for 6 years the superintendent of the Area of ​​Public and Social and Environmental Management, being responsible for Amazon Fund as well as for forest restoration projects, innovation in sustainability, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. He is currently the head of the Strategic Planning Department at BNDES. He was a member of the deliberative council of the BNDES Social Security Foundation between 2010 and 2016.

Jess Ayres

Jess is a Director in the Climate Change team at the Children’s  Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where she leads on the Climate Finance and Land Use portfolios. She has 15 years experience across the international development, climate change, and energy sectors. Before CIFF, Jess worked for the UK Government where she held roles as the Head of EU Carbon Trading at the Department for Business and Energy; Head of Energy at the UK Treasury; and Chief of Staff to the Energy and Climate Change Minister. Prior to that she spent seven years working overseas advising multilateral banks, agencies and developing country governments in South Asia on climate change resilience planning.  She holds a PhD in International Development and Climate Change.  

Leonardo Lacerda

Leonardo holds the position of Environment Programme Director at Oak Foundation, located in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Oak Foundation, he worked for 14 years with the World Wildlife Fund’s international network in Italy, Brazil and Switzerland. He is a founding member of Fundação Vitoria Amazônica, an NGO based in Manaus, Brazil. Leonardo has a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul Nitsche School of International Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. His areas of expertise include institutional management, establishment of organizations and networks and international relations.

Lucas Assunção

Lucas Assunção holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro and attended courses in Economics and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis programme at the Harvard Institute for International Development. In 2001, he joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to coordinate the BioTrade Initiative, which promotes the trade and sustainable use of biodiversity-based products and services in developing countries. Currently, he works as an independent economist. 

Marilene Ramos

Marilene has a degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a doctorate in environmental engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. She was director of infrastructure and sustainability between 2016 and 2018 at the Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) – responsible for the areas of energy (AE), social and environmental public management (AGS) and sanitation and transport (ASP). She was president of IBAMA from 2015 to 2016, secretary of the environment and president of the State Institute of the Environment of Rio de Janeiro (INEA) from 2008 to 2014. Among her qualifications, Marilene is renowned for taking part in the development and implementation of public policies involving the environment. 

Rodrigo Fiães

Rodrigo is the vice-president of iCS´ board. He holds a degree in economics from the PUC-Rio and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked in finance and economic research during the main part of his career, in different private and public organizations, both in and outside of Brazil. Former partner of Gávea Investments, he is now part of the Serrapilheira Institute and participates in The School of Life Brazil.

Thula Pires

Thula Pires is a black woman of axé (a popular Brazilian musical genre), mother of Dandara and ballerina. She holds a Master’s and a Doctor’s Degree on State Theory and Constitutional Law by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where she works as adjunct professors in these same areas. At the same university, she is also Graduation Coordinator at the Department of Law and General Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center for Reflection and Afro-descendant Memory (NIREMA, in Portuguese). Thula was a visitor professor at the African Gender Institute of the University of Cape Town (CAPES/PRINT/2020). She is a CRIOLA associate and member of the Amnesty International General Assembly in Brazil.

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FISCAL BOARD

Helena Penna

Helena holds a degree in Economics in PUC-Rio, and she was member of the Fiscal Council of Lojas Renner S.A. and Lojas Renner Institute since 2005 and 2008, respectively. She participes as a member of the Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP), which seeks to integrate women into the labor market through investment in work and income generation projects. She was Operations Director of Grupo Pão de Açúcar and also responsible for supply, logistics and after sales (SAC) of Ponto Frio, Extra and Casas Bahia sites from July 2008 to March 2012.

Warley de Oliveira Dias

Warley is the director of R & R Audit and Consulting and Value Management Business. He has a Master degree in Accounting and Controllership from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). As a university professor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UFMG, PUC Minas, Milton Campos, Batista College, among others), he also has experience in multinational companies in accounting. He works in the areas of financial management, valuation and auditing. He ministers seminars for Philanthropy Magazine focusing on accounting for the Third Sector.

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STAFF

Ana Toni, Executive Director

Ana is an economist and a PhD in Political Science, currently the Executive Director of Institute for Climate and Society (iCS). Ana is Co-Founder of GIP (Public Interest Management). She was Board Chair of Greenpeace International from 2010 to 2017. Ana has a long trajectory working in the areas of public policy advocacy, environment and climate change, sustainable development and philanthropy. She was Board member of several organizations, such as GIFE Brazil, WINGS, ITS and Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, she is member of the Brazilian Women Leaders for Sustainability Network and Board member of Agência Pública, Gold Standard Foundation, ClimaInfo, Instituto República, International Transparency and IPAM.

Alice Amorim Vogas, Coordinator of Climate Policy and Outreach Portfolio

Alice is a lawyer who graduated from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and holds a master's degree in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). Between 2013 and 2018, she was a consultant associate and partner at Gestão de Interesse Público (GIP), where she was involved in dozens of consulting projects for civil society organizations in Brazil and abroad, on issues such as environment, climate change, international cooperation, private social investment and philanthropy. She was also superintendent of the Saúde Criança Zona Sul (2013-2014) social franchise, where she headed institutional development and organizational management actions. Before moving to the third sector, Alice was a lawyer at Icatu Holding S/A, where she worked with national and international corporate transactions, investment funds, management of legal proceedings and compliance procedures. At iCS, she coordinates the climate policy and outreach’s portfolio, that support organizations, monitor, assist Brazil in fulfilling its NDC, and engages more players in the climate agenda.

Amanda Ohara, Technical Coordinator of the E+ Energy Dialogues Institute

Amanda has a master’s degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ and graduated in chemical engineering at UNICAMP. She has 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 technologies for the production of fuels. She has also worked as a consultant in renewable energy and energy efficiency, developing studies and coordinating activities in energy projects with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Since October, Amanda has been the technical coordinator of the E+ Energy Dialogues. 

Ana Beatriz Fandinho, Administrative and Finance Analyst

Beatriz is graduated in International Relations at Ibmec – RJ (2011) and holds a master diploma in International Business Management from Newcastle University, UK. Nowadays, she is attending a distance learning undergraduate course in Modern Language specialized in English (UNESA). She has worked as: good and services contracts’ assistant at Petrobras (2012-2013); visiting translator at Fiocruz; and as English Teacher for kids. She has fluency in English and holds a proficiency certificate in English language from Cambridge University (CAE). At iCS, she works as Administrative and Finance Analyst, working in accounting, management and international relations.

Andréia Coutinho Louback, Communications Coordinator

Andréia holds a degree in Social Communications with a concentration in Journalism from PUC-Rio and a Master's Degree in Ethnic-Racial Relations from CEFET/RJ. She is a Board member of Narrativas, a professional network of cause communications - that operates in civil society organizations, from the dissemination of information, development of interaction spaces to a positive social change. Her master's research focused on the gender and race issues in the trajectories of black female journalists in Rio de Janeiro. She has worked with book and magazine publishing, as a press officer and in print and digital media - focusing on culture, city issues, literature, education, racial inequalities, and other issues. Andréia has studied at the London School of Journalism and learned French at the Université de Lorraine. At iCS, she is in charge of mediating the relationship between the organization and the media and is also responsible for events coverage, content production and coordination.

Caio Borges, Coordinator of Law and Climate Program

Caio is a lawyer who graduated in law from the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). He has a master’s degree in Law and Development from the School of Law of São Paulo 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 Companies and Human Rights and Development and Socio-environmental Rights (2014-2019) at Conectas Human Rights. He lectured during his master’s degree in the Management of Sustainability and was a researcher from the Group of Companies and Human Rights at FGV-SP. Before entering the third sector, he worked as a lawyer at Itaú Unibanco, supporting the development of investment products for asset management and private banking. He has 10 years of experience in sustainability of development banks, strategic litigation in human rights, and the international regulation of financial institutions and capital markets. He is a non-resident fellow of the Center for BRICS Studies at the Fudan University (China) and of the Center for Studies on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at the OP Jindal Global University (India). He is a member of the editorial body of HOMA Publica – an International Journal of Human Rights and Companies.

Denise Reis, Administration and Finance Assistant

Denise is a graduate in Business Administration from the Veiga de Almeida University, with a post-graduate qualification in Total Quality Management. In 2015, she completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in People Management. Between 2007 and 2012, she worked at Action Aid Brazil as an administrative and finance assistant, where she was responsible for matters related to compliance with policies of human resources, logistics of events, travel, and office maintenance. She worked at the company Gestão de Interesse Público (GIP), and at the Associação dos Registradores de Pessoas Naturais do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Arpen Rio), promoting the viability of the vulnerable population in the eradication of civil under-registration and the expansion of access to basic documentation. At iCS, she supports the department with accounts payable, supplier relationship  and some of the activities of the executive director.

Gabriel Lui, Land Use and Food Systems Portfolio Coordinator

Gabriel has a degree in Environmental Management from ESALQ/USP, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Applied Ecology at 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 Conservation of the Biodiversity. He has been involved in the development and implementation of some of the main policies related to the land use of the country, such as the New Forest Code, the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR), and the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Brazil. 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, launched 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.

Gustavo Pinheiro, Coordinator of Low Carbon Economy Portfolio

Gustavo co-founded Bratus Natural Capital in 2015, investing in start-ups with social and environmental impact. He was Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brasília, working on environment, infrastructure and agriculture policy. He supported indigenous peoples and organisations in the Brazilian Amazon at Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). In addition, he managed ABN-AMRO Bank’s corporate digital channel operations until 2005. Gustavo also consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Culture and São Paulo’s Transportation Department. He has a degree in Public Administration from São Paulo Business School – Fundação Getúlio Vargas and specialized in Economic Conservation Tools in a joint program at University of Brasília (UNB) with Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil (IEB) and Social Change at 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. 

Juliana Luiz, Institutional Relationship Advisor

Juliana has a law degree from UERJ, a degree in history from UNIRIO, a master's degree in international relations from PPGRI / UERJ and a PHD in political science from IESP / UERJ. She is a researcher at the World Political Analysis Laboratory (LABMUNDO) from IESP/UERJ and International Relations professor at UFRRJ. Academically, she researches themes such as sustainable rural development, foreign policy, international cooperation, transnational actors and international organizations. Professionally, Juliana has already worked as a professor at the Cândido Mendes University (2013-2014) and as a researcher in different sectors of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation - FGV (at the Center for Research in Law and Economics, CPDE (2013-2014); at the Center for International Relations, CRI (2014-2016); and at the Center for Research and Documentation in Contemporary History, CPDOC (2016-2017)). Before joining iCS, she worked as a consultant in the consultancy company Management of Public Interest (Gestão de Interesse Público - GIP), where she worked on projects for strategic and institutional planning, donors advice and developing fundraising strategies. At iCS, she is the new institutional relationship advisor, being responsible for the bridge between iCS and funders and for project writing.

Kamyla Borges Cunha, Coordinator of Energy Efficiency Initiative

Kamyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law (USP), a master’s and pHD in energy systems planning from Unicamp’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Brazil’s role in international negotiations on global climate change. She worked for more than 10 years at the Institute of Energy and Environment, coordinating the electric energy portfolio. She was also teacher in chemical engineering and environmental sciences at UNIFESP / Diadema. She currently works at iCS as a coordinator of  the Kigali Project, whose focus is to promote the increase of energy efficiency with the transition of GWP lower refrigerant gases in the air conditioning sector in Brazil.

Luiza de Mello e Souza, Institutional Development and Partnerships Manager

Luiza holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology for Health Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Bachelor’s Diploma in Biology from the State University of Campinas, (UNICAMP), besides other certifications. She worked for twelve years at the Ford Foundation Brazil Office, as a Grants Manager from 2007 to 2016, and previously, as Program Associate. Before that, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Polytechnic School of Health Joaquim Venâncio (at Fiocruz), worked at the National Technology Institute (INT), taught at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UNI-RIO) and was a Junior Researcher and Social Educator at the EICOS Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).  She is bilingual in Portuguese and English and speaks Spanish. At iCS, she is responsible for the relationship with funders, and manages the team dedicated to the evaluation, institutional communication, and management of grants, and the capacity building of grantees.

Marcel Martin Baptista de Faria, Coordinator of Transport Portfolio

Marcel has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a master’s degree in Planning and Land Management from UFABC. His professional experience includes work with the coordination of large projects in the area 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 as a manager and technical coordinator 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 debate about transport economy. He also explores the interfaces between air quality and health with transport policy and technology.

Marisa Bastos, Communications Coordinator of Kigali Project and E+ Energy Transition Institute

Marisa has a degree in Social Communication, in which she specialized in Journalism, from FACHA. She has a post-graduate degree in the Management of Projects, 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 a 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 communication 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 communication. At iCS, Marisa will be working with the Kigali Project and the implementation of the E+ Energy Transition Institute.

Roberto Kishinami, Senior Coordinator of Energy Portfolio

Roberto has a master degree in Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP) and has been a specialist on energy and climate change for the last 15 years. His clients for consultancy work on these themes were energy companies, finance institutions, private sector associations, among many others. His consulting focused on strategic planning investments for competition on global markets, with low carbon and environmental impact as competitive advantage. He is a board member of the Institute for Democracy and Sustainability, and was an international board member of Action Aid. He served as executive director of Greenpeace Brasil from 1994 to 2001. At iCS, he is responsible for the energy portfolio, selecting, monitoring and evaluating the grantees that operate in this area. He also supervises the Kigali Project and the implementation of the E+ Energy Dialogues.

Silvia David, Grants Administration Manager

Silvia is graduated in Industrial Engineering from the UFRJ and System Analysis from PUC-RJ and has recently obtained the ABPMP International (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) certification and the ITIL v3 Foundation certification.  She has worked in the IT of large Telecom enterprises and in consulting for 20 years, including Telemar/Oi and Maxprocess Consulting, during which 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, Silvia is the Grants Administration Manager.

Tatiana Zanotti, Financial and Administration Manager

Tatiana graduated in Accounting at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) and holds a post-graduate diploma in Controlling and Finance. She worked as Coordinator of Finance, Administration and Human Resources in the national private institute Oi Futuro from 2003 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, she worked in the international humanitarian organization, MSF – Doctors without Borders, as Director of Finance, Administration and IT.  At iCS, she is responsible for Finance, Administration and Human Resources.

Thatiana Santos, Executive Assistant

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 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 performance of readings and analyses of materials in the printed and electronic media. At iCS, she is the executive assistant, responsible for the strategic support - internally and externally - in institutional agenda and support to iCS' board.

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