Renata Moura holds a law degree, an MBA in Operations Management from the IE Business School in Madrid, and postgraduate qualifications from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Business Management Program at the Dom Cabral Foundation/INSEAD. She started her career with AmBev, working for six years in the company’s legal department, and then moved on to follow a career in human resources. She was involved in the privatization of Brazil’s telecoms system as Human Resources Director at the Brazilian telecommunications company OI and then went on to take up the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Grupo Santander. She also worked for 6 years in Carrefour, where she was responsible for human resources and sustainability and institutional relations. Renata turned to property development in 2011, taking up a position in Cyrela Brazil Realty, one of Brazil’s largest real estate companies. Renata is also partner of the consulting firm Integration and a leading specialist in the human factor in organizations.
Alex Seibel is a socio-environmental entrepreneur. He began in 2013 when founded ARCAH, NGO that rescues homeless people through a Permacultural model. In 2015 he founded POSITIV.A, a B Corp which offers cleaning products based on circular economy and fosters family farming. He is also a founding partner of Apolo Energia and Positive Ventures, renewable energy company and impact venture capital firm, respectively. He also participates in the B Corp and Akatu board.
Hugo Bethlem is the General Director of the Brazilian Conscious Capitalism Institute, and an advisor of companies and NGOs. He has spent more than 40 years as a retail executive at companies such as GPA, Dicico, Sé Supermercados, Hopi Hari, Carrefour and Arthur Andersen. He has a degree in Business Administration from FMU-SP, and post-graduation in FGV, Cornell, Babson, IMD, and Stanford.
Private entrepreneur and banker, pioneer in environmental business, sustainable development policy adviser to the Brazilian government, and expert in forest investment, John Forgach received a B.A. in Economics and Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Academy of Paris before becoming Visiting Professor of Business Planning for the Environment at Yale. He holds a number of environmental awards, including the 2001 Rainforest Alliance Green Globe Award and the 2000 BRAVO Latin Trade Magazine Business Award. John has founded a number of NGOs and currently chairs the Board of ForestRE Holdings Ltd, UK and the Task Force on Trade, Foreign Investment and the Environment for the CCICED in Beijing.
José Menezes Berenguer holds a Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and is currently President of JP Morgan Brazil. He served as CEO of Gávea Crédito Estruturado, where he was responsible for creating and developing the company’s structured finance activities, and worked at Santander, where he held a number of executive positions, including CEO of the Wholesale and Investment Bank, Executive Vice President of Asset Management and Private Banking, and CEO of Retail. He was also Vice President of ABN Amro Real and held leadership roles at BBA Creditanstalt, Utor Investimentos, ING Barings, and ING Bank Brazil. José began his career in 1985 at Banco Boavista as manager of the bank’s foreign exchange department and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Bank Federation (FEBRABAN, acronym in Portuguese) and BM&F Bovespa.
José Vicente Marino is Vice President of Brands and Business at Natura. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and an MBA in Retail Management from the University of São Paulo. José has worked in a number of multinational consumer goods companies, including Best Foods and Johnson & Johnson, where he held the positions of Director, Vice President, and President. He is Vice President of the National Directorate of the Brazilian Advertising Association and member of the Superior Board of the National Advertising Self-Regulation Council (CONAR, acronym in Portuguese).
Lina Maria Useche Kempf is cofounder and Executive Director of the NGO Aliança Entrepreneura, which supports low-income micro entrepreneurs. She is also cofounder and former Executive Director of Impulso Microcrédito, which launched Brazil’s first crowdfunding platform for low-income micro entrepreneurs. She holds a degree in Administration from the Federal University of Paraná, a postgraduate qualification in Third Sector Law from Universidade Positivo, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofits program. Lina Maria is also a member of the Global Shapers Community, which was born out of the World Economic Forum, and has been a YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellow since 2010 and Vital Voices Grow fellow since 2015.
The journalist Lúcia Maria Araujo became General Manager of the educational television channel Canal Futura in 1999 after gaining valuable experience as a television news editor at the national television networks TV Bandeirantes, TV Globo, and TV Cultura, and CNBC. She also worked as a stringer in Washington for the national newspaper Folha de São Paulo, covering culture, behavior and business. Lúcia has created and directed several TV series for the independent television production sector and coordinated documentary series for Canal GNT and the project Tom da Mata for the Roberto Marinho Foundation and Canal Futura.
Marcelo Lopes Cardoso is a business manager and was a student at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He served as Executive Director of Human Resources, Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainability at Grupo Fleury and was responsible for human resources, management, strategy, and sustainability at Natura. He also served as President for Latin America at LHH/DBM, worked for GP Investimentos, where he was responsible for setting up and running the theme park Hopi Hari, and spent 10 years at Método Engenharia. Marcel is a coach and facilitator and President of the NGO Instituto Integral Brasil.
Journalist and business manager, Marco Simões served as Vice President of Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Brazil for 10 years. He is currently a board member at several organizations, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Brazil, the Brazilian Advertising Association (ABA, acronym in Portuguese), the Brazilian Association for Business Communication (ABERJE, acronym in Portuguese), and the Executive Council for Standard Norms (CENP, acronym in Portuguese). Prior to working at Coca-Cola Brazil, Marco held senior leadership positions at companies such as Grupo Abril, SuperVia, Accenture, and Brasil Connects. Marco graduated with a degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, holds an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences from the University of São Paulo.
Director of Sustainability at Suzano, a Brazilian forestry-based company, since January 2019. She has worked for 28 years in Sustainability and Human Resources. She was executive at Banco ABN AMRO Real/Santander and Banco Nacional and worked as Director of Sustainability, Communications and Corporate Relations at Fibria Celulose. As Executive Director of Sustainable Development to ABN AMRO Real / Santander, led the sustainability strategy creation and implementation, which has become a national and international reference. Psychologist graduated by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, with specialization in Human Resources at the University of Michigan in the United States and Business and Sustainability at Cambridge University, England.
Rafael Henrique is an engineer, sustainable design expert and social entrepreneur. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and postgraduate qualification in Entrepreneurship and New Business Development. He worked for 10 years in industrial automation and asset-based risk assessment for major manufacturing plants throughout Brazil and Latin America. He has been dedicating himself to sustainability issues since 2006 and completed the Gaia Education’s (GEESE/UNESCO) Design for Sustainability Program in 2010. In 2011, he left the private sector to become President and CEO of Instituto S.O.S. (literally Systems Organized for Sustainability in English). Rafael holds a number of national and international awards; most notably he was selected for the Laureate Global Fellowship, which annually recognizes 20 young leaders who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond.
Renata Piazzon is the executive manager of Climate Change of Arapyaú Foundation and has more than 10 years of experience as environmental lawyer. Graduated from PUC-SP, Schumacher College and Amani Institute, she has a Masters in Environmental Law in the area of sustainable finance. Renata is member of the Consulting Board of Akatu, the Legal Group of Sistema B Brasil, the Climate Reality Project and co-founder of two social innovation projects. Her rankings include Chambers Latin America, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500 and ABRAPS 2017 Prize as a professional who best represented SDG 9 from United Nations in Brazil.
Ricardo Abramovay is a Professor at the School of Economics, Business and Accounting and Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo, where he also coordinates the Center for Socioenvironmental Economics. Ricardo is also a research fellow at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, acronym in Portuguese) and the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP, acronym in Portuguese).
LLB from the São Paulo University (USP) and post-graduate specialization degrees in business, human resources, leadership and mediation from the following schools: Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP), Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Stanford – Executive Education. Worked as an executive manager in private and state-owned companies for several years; CEO of TozziniFreire Advogados (Law Firm) for 15 years. Currently acting as an independent adviser for several clients, and as a member of the board of directors of different private companies and NGOs.
The young social entrepreneur Roger Koeppl is a mechanical technician, holds a degree in Process Technology from the Faculty of Technology of São Paulo and won the outstanding student award when undertaking his Production Engineering degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais. He has over 8 years of experience working in the metals and automotive industries and technology and consumer goods companies. After working as a volunteer in the Red Cross, he founded the YouGreen cooperative, which works with waste as a vehicle of social integration, environmental protection, and income generation. He won first place in the UNEP-Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program, was winner of the Veja-Fundação Estudar’s Prêmio Jovens Inspiradores (Inspiring Youth Award), and winner of the Arymax Foundation’s Programa Jovens Talentos 2013 (Young Talent Program 2013).
Ruy Lindenberg is partner and Vice President of Creation at the advertising agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made. He studied Business Administration at the São Paulo School of Business Administration at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and holds an MBA from Steinbeis University Berlin. He has worked as a copywriter in some of Brazil’s best advertising agencies, holds prestigious national and international awards, and is member of the Hall of Fame of the Creation Club of São Paulo. He has created numerous campaigns, including Bonita Camisa Fernandinho, Cachorrinho da Cofap, and Visa 2004, and was Creative Director of the Fiat campaign Novo Uno, one of the most successful product launches in recent automotive industry. He has also regularly served as a jury member at various international advertising festivals, including Cannes, the Clio Awards, Young Guns, the Effie Awards, El Ojo, and FIAP.
Stela Goldenstein is a geographer with a well-established reputation built over three decades of public service. She has worked in the policy making and implementation process in all spheres of government in areas such as the environment, water resources, housing, urban development, and strategic planning. She has also worked in the private sector as an environmental management consultant. Stela served as Director of Environmental Planning for the São Paulo Department of the Environment and as Environment Secretary of the State of São Paulo. She has also held various expert advisory roles, including special advisor to Governor Mario Covas and to the Environment Secretary of the São Paulo City Council and advisor to the Mayor of São Paulo José Serra and the São Paulo State Government. She sat on the Board of COHAB, SABESP, CETESB, CDHU, PRODAM, and São Paulo Transportes (SPTras), was member of the São Paulo State Environment Council (CONSEMA, acronym in Portuguese) and the Council for the Defense of Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Tourist Heritage (CONDEPHAAT, acronym in Portuguese), and member and Secretary of the Municipal Council for Environment and Sustainable Development (CADES, acronym in Portuguese). Stela is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Le Secrétariat international de l’eau and Executive Director of the Associação Aguas Claras do rio Pinheiros.
Thais Corral is founder of three nongovernmental organizations: the Human Development Network (REDEH, acronym in Portuguese), which coordinated the participation of the global women’s movement at Rio 92 and brought environmental issues to the women’s movement agenda in Brazil; Communication, Education and Information on Gender (CEMINA, acronym in Portuguese), which innovated by strengthening the presence of local female leaders in radio throughout Brazil; and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a global women’s advocacy organization that works to strengthen the role of women in global governance for sustainability.
Thais also founded the project Sinal do Vale, a local-global learning center located on an agroecological farm and coordinates the project Adapta Sertão, which supports social technologies for climate change adaptation. Thais holds a degree in Business Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. Thais holds a number of awards, including the 1999 edition of the Premio Abril Mulher, the Silicon Valley Tech Award (2005), the SEED Award (2008), and the Millennium Development Goals Award.