PROGRAM CORE TEAM
With a master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Raquel focuses her work in alternative education for sustainable change, by combining diversity, empathic mindset, appreciative view and facilitated spaces for dialogue. She worked in FAS as manager for the Sustainability and Forest Conservation Education Centers in Amazon protected areas, and believes development interventions can play a role in creating a sustainable society by bringing communities into asking questions instead of pre-packaged answers.
Is a founder of the Transformers Movement, part of the Sandbox community and the Global Shapers Lisbon Hub, and represented world youth at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Masters in Economics and International Management, he teaches Econometrics, Communication Leadership and Ethics and Project Management at Nova School of Business and Economics. His Passion for sustainability, brought him to co-create the first Amazon Summer School with FAS.
Through the power of authentic engagement and the use of graphic language, Isabel’s work supports, illuminates, and catalyzes different groups and mobilizes communities and organizations. With formal degrees in International Development Studies, Spanish Language and a masters degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, She has experience in non-profit-sector program design, facilitation, and evaluation in North America, South America, and Europe.
Bruna is fascinated by topics such as self knowledge, sustainability, new social, economic and educational models. She recently participated in the Youth Initiative Program in Sweden, and is now creating and coordinating their internship in São Paulo. She has worked with group facilitation to create collaborative projects, has financially coordinated a political campaign and has worked on a channel in Catarse platform - the first crowdfunding platform in Brasil.
HARSH BHATI - Apprentice Program Coordinator
Pursuing Master of Laws specialization in Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Focused on issues of poverty eradication, the right to education in rural areas, women’s right and access to housing, water and education in the outskirts of Delhi and Haryana. He supports the strict implementation of international environmental conventions around the world. He was a part of the Amazon Summer School in 2014 and developed a deep-seated relationship with local community, wildlife and nature. He believes that earth truly needs a good lawyer, not just an environmentalist.
Chairman of Amazon Sustainable Foundation (FAS)
Virgilio Viana is a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, and was a postdoc at University of Florida. Currently, he is Director General at Amazonas Sustainability Foundation (FAS), member of World Economic Forum (WEF)´s; Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development; International Advisory Board of ESPA ; Consultative Board of Royal Society´s Human Resilience Project; co-chair of Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of UN´s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), as well as chair of Amazon SDSN. Check out some of his publications here.
Thomas E. Lovejoy is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and University Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University. He also was the first Biodiversity Chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Lovejoy introduced the term biological diversity to the scientific community in 1980. He currently is Chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the multi-billion-dollar funding mechanism for developing countries in support of their obligations under international environmental conventions.
Raquel Rosenberg is co-founder of Engajamundo, organization focused on empowering brazilian youth to understand, participate and influence in international political process. Her leadership in innovation and engagement path passes by organizations such as AIESEC, the BRICS Institute, and a diversity of international conferences such as Rio+20, Global Power Shift, Summit of BRICS, and Climate Change UN Conferences. Dancer in her spare times, Raquel is a fellow of the Adopt a Negotiator, Red Bull Amaphiko and affiliate Ashoka Brazil. Check THIS out!
Roberto Mendonça is a natural leader of the Tumbira community, where the course is hosted. Roberto used to be a logger, and work selling special wood from the forest. Touched by the conservation awareness and the new business alternatives that came when his community became a Protected Reservation, he became a local tourism enterpreneur, and enchants every visitor with his great stories, warm reception and great knowledge about the forest and its misteries.
Mister Valdemir Kambeba is the leader of his native Kambeba people in the community of Três Unidos. The Kambebas are a ethnicity that during the last decades has been losing it's culture, language and the people are spread. Valdemir was not conformed with the situation and became one of the leaders of a movement that is bringing back the power of this culture through education, strenghtening its roots and uniting their people in a very proud community. Through local projects, some of the youngsters of this community are now in the national team for archery.
Karina Miotto is environmental journalist, educator and TEDx organizer. She lived 5 years in the Amazon rainforest working for national and international NGOs. Her deep commitment to the forest took her to found the Reconnection Amazon, a project whose mission is to inform and sensitize people about the rainforest and its people through talks, classes and field trips based on deep ecology. To strengthen her action, Karina is completing a master’s degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, being constantly inspired by transformative ways of teaching and learning.
Cesar is a consultant and facilitator on social innovation and human development. He has been working with the intersection of purpose, creativity, intention and the power of collective intelligence to create sustainable and human centered projects in social businesses and public sector. He is also co-founder of the Sao Paulo School of Dialogue and a facilitator at School of Design Thinking on the subject of Purpose & Consciousness.
Maurício is Social Innovator, Storyteller and Mentor at CO•MO•VER. He has mentored groups and young professionals in a transformational journey at organizations such as Google, HSBC, Sanofi, Roche, Boehringer, among others. He has been also involved with TED as the TEDxVilaMadá organizer and TED Senior Ambassador in Brazil for many years. He has extensive experience in innovation, culture and organizational transformation built during 25 years as chief executive at Unilever, Arthur Young International and Forrester Research in Latin America. He has worked on the field of human and social development and mentorship.
LORENA SAN ROMAN
Leandro Pinheiro is a senior consultant in social investment and sustainable development. Previously he was responsible for a portfolio of over 60 social projects nationwide. Leandro has a large experience on designing community development initiatives including social enterprises, microfinance, early childhood development, education and payment for environmental services. During the last years, he has enrolled in executive education programs at Harvard University aiming at improving effectiveness of social programs. Additionally, participated in an international CGIAR/CCAFS effort to design and test a Social Learning M&E framework for climate change and food security resilience worldwide.
Lorena San Roman (MSc) is a biologist with a masters in natural resource management and experience as a university teacher, museum and ecological centre director, national project coordinator, UN consultant and global citizen environmental program director. She was a vice presidential candidate for Costa Rica’s Liberation movement in 2010. Her work in the sustainable development field includes work on national, Latin America, and global levels through environmental conferences, strategic planning, the creation of 25 national councils for sustainable development (CNDS) and multiple local councils (CLDS). She has supported over 33 countries to put Agenda 21 into practice and has has done Local Agendas 21 (MISP) in several municipalities in different Latinamerican countries. Currently working as an international consultant, she has extensive knowledge in both natural resource management and organizing and advocating for global environmental cooperation and action.
ADALBERTO LUIS VAL
Adalberto Luis Val, a senior researcher at the Brazilian National Institute for Research of the Amazon (INPA/MCTI) since 1981, studies biological adaptations of fish to environmental challenges. He has delieved 150+ seminars and conferences worldwide and is a postdoctoral fellow. He acted as a General Director of INPA/MCTI for eight years and is coordinating the INCT ADAPTA Project. He is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, fellow 1A of CNPq, and has been awarded many awards and honours in his field. Currently, he is studying the respiration and adaptations of fishes of the Amazon to changes in the environment.
EDGARD GOUVEIRA JR.
His early career in professional volleyball in Brazil was soon replaced by training in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Santos. Aſter graduation, he and his colleagues co- founded the Elos Institute, an NGO dedicated to community activism. In 1999, founded the Warriors Without Weapons Program, an annual five-week training for young entrepreneurs on five continents. He created the Oasis game, an open-source community activism model that has been disseminated internationally in the last 13 years. Over the past two years,he has been actively involved in creating “PlayTheCall” the Global Game to mobilize two billion people in citizen activism projects under the leadership of young people and children.
Edgard continues to travel giving lectures and workshops to spread awareness of cooperation and the idea of "playing to save the world" in a way that is fast, fun and free. He is Ashoka Fellow, Berkana since 2006 and 2013 TRIP Transformer.
FÁBIO O. HIRAYAMA
After "walk" the areas of sales and marketing, coordination of digital products, business development and management in such varied companies as electronics, beverages, internet and insurance, business administrator from USP realized that he was better with people. And so, after 10 years of executive career, he began helping people achieve their goals through therapy and coaching. He gave training in leadership, relationships and conscious communication until interested in taking advantage of the previous baggage acquired, returned to work with start-ups and organizations, helping them in their strategies, organizational development, business models and value propositions.
Master in Entrepreneurship from USP, he believes that the circular and collaborative economy can become more just and sustainable world, and that organic companies that work with purpose and meaning, will be the new current organizational model.