Board Directors

Ana Toni (Chair)
A GIP founding partner, Ana is currently the Climate and Society Institute (ICS) Executive Director. She was the director of the Ford Foundation Brazil between 2003-2011 period, and prior to this ActionAid Brazil Executive Director. In her long tenure at Greenpeace, she directed the Greenpeace International Policy Unit (1993-1997) and was a senior advisor to Greenpeace Germany. She chaired the Greenpeace Brazil Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003, and currently chairs the Greenpeace International Board of Directors. Ana is a Swansea University graduate in Economics and Social Studies, and has a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Marcos Lisboa 
Instituto Escolhas founder and member of its Board of Directors, Marcos Lisboa is also the Chief Executive Officer of INSPER. He has a doctorate in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (US), and graduated and received a master’s degree from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). He was an assistant professor at Stanford University (1996-1998), and assistant professor at EPGE-FGV (1998-2002). In the 2003-2005 period, he was economic policy secretary of the Ministry of Finance; he presided the Brazilian Reinsurance Institute (IRB Brazil Re) in 2005-2006, and was an Itaú-Unibanco vice-president until 2013.


Fabio Barbosa
Fabio presided Abril S.A. from October 2011 to March 2015. Prior to this, he had headed the ABN Amro Real since 1996. In 2008, when the Santander Bank acquired the Real Bank, he became the president of Santander Brazil. He also headed the FEBRABAN (Brazilian Banks Federation) from 2007 to 2011. He chairs the OSESP Foundation Board of Directors, and is a Board member at the following institutions: UN Foundation, INSPER, Itaú-Unibanco, Instituto Empreender Endeavor, and the Ayrton Senna Institute, among others. He received the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce Personality of the Year Award in New York in 2011. In 2012, the UNEP granted him the Champions of the Earth award for his business vision.


Ricardo Sennes

Director of Prospectiva – Brazilian Consulting Services for International Affairs, Ricardo is an expert in political and economic scenarios, formulation and implementation of public policies and evaluation of their impact on businesses. He has experience in industrial policy and development and international integration. Doctor and Master in Political Science at the University of São Paulo (USP) and coordinator of the Group of the International Conjuncture Analysis (Gacint) in USP. Ricardo is currently a non-resident partner of the Latin American program at the Atlantic Council and member of the Council for Strategic Affairs of the FIESP and the Council of Foreign Affairs Magazine (Mexico and USA).


Sergio Leitão
A lawyer, he is a founding member of the Instituto Escolhas and is now its director of relations with society. He was director of public policies and director of campaigns for Greenpeace Brazil, where he worked for ten years (2005-20015). He founded and was the Executive Director (2004-2005) of the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA). He lived in New York for two years (2002-2003), where he volunteered for the Rainforest Foundation US. He advised the Minister of Justice José Gregori (2000-2001) on social and environmental issues during President Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration. He worked as a lawyer for the Indigenous Rights Unit (NDI) in the 1990-1995 period, and as legal advisor to the project Study on Indigenous Lands (PETI) of the National Museum Anthropology Department in Rio de Janeiro (1989-1990). He initiated his career as advisor for social issues at the Fortaleza Archdiocese, where he worked with Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider (1986-1989). Born in Crateús, in Ceará state, he is father to two daughters and currently lives in São Paulo.

Scientific Board

Marcos Lisboa (Chair)
Instituto Escolhas founder and member of its Board of Directors, Marcos Lisboa is also the Chief Executive Officer of INSPER. He has a doctorate in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (US), and graduated and received a master’s degree from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). He was an assistant professor at Stanford University (1996-1998), and assistant professor at EPGE-FGV (1998-2002). In the 2003-2005 period, he was economic policy secretary of the Ministry of Finance; he presided the Brazilian Reinsurance Institute (IRB Brazil Re) in 2005-2006, and was an Itaú-Unibanco vice-president until 2013.


Bernard Appy
He graduated as an economist at the São Paulo University (USP). He was director of Public Policies and Taxation at LCA Consultants, a firm he helped to found in 1995. From 2003 to 2009, he held senior positions at the Ministry of Finance: Executive Secretary, Economic Policy Secretary, and Extraordinary Secretary for Economic and Fiscal Reforms. From 2010 to 2011, he was Strategy and Planning Director at BM&F BOVESPA. Currently, he heads the Center for Fiscal Citizenship (CCiF), an independent think tank whose objective is to help enhancing public policies in Brazil. The Center for Fiscal Citizenship has developed work geared to simplification and enhancement of our tax system, and the improvement of tax management quality.


Marcelo Paixão
He graduated in Economics at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University – UFRJ (1989), received a master’s degree in Production Engineering at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (1994), and a doctorate in Sociology at the Rio de Janeiro Research University Institute (2005). He currently is adjunct professor at the UFRJ Economics Institute, and was a CNPq researcher from 2010 to 2012. He received a FAPERJ’s Young Scientist of Our State scholarship and had a CAPES post-doctorate scholarship at Princeton University, New Jersey (US). In 2009-2012, he was a member of the UFRJ University Council. He coordinates the Laboratory of Economic, Historical, Social and Statistical Analyses of Racial Relations (LAESER), created in 2006 and linked to the UFRJ. He has done ongoing research activities in the areas of ethnic and race inequalities, labor relations in urban and rural settings, and crisis in the world of labor. He teaches the following disciplines: Political Economy, Labor Economics, Introduction to Economics, and Introduction to Social Sciences, Nation, and Nationality. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin.


Rudi Rocha
Graduated and received a master’s degree in Economics from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), and a doctorate in Economics from the Rio de Janeiro Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-RJ). He’s adjunct professor of the UFRJ Department of Economics teaching quantitative methods and applied econometrics. He’s the vice-president of the Brazilian Econometrics Society (SBE). He was associate economist of the Institute for Studies of Labor and Society (IETS) from 2003 to 2011, and associate researcher of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI/PUC-RJ) from 2011 to 2012. He won the 2012 Haralambos Simeonidi Award for the best Brazilian doctoral dissertation: “Empirical Essays on Human Capital and Development”.


Sandra Paulsen
Researcher of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) since 1987, she has a doctorate degree in Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2007). She graduated in International Relations (1982) and received her master’s degree in Economics (1988) at the Brasília University. She worked as environmental economist in the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (2007-2011) and in the Swedish Ministry of the Environment (2009). She worked for the Chilean government in the Ministry of Planning (1990) and in the National Environmental Commission (1991). She was a consultant for UNEP and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and researcher for the Centro de Estudios de la Mujer/Center for Women’s Studies (1992-1997), the PUC Institute for Urban Studies (1995), and the Chile University Center for Public Policy Analyses (1996-1997). She was also vice-chairwoman of the environmental research evaluation panel of the Swedish Research Council Permanent Evaluation Committee (2011-2014).


Ricardo Abramovay
Ricardo Abramovay has a master’s degree in Political Science from São Paulo University, a doctorate in Sociology from the Campinas State University, and a post-doctorate in Social Sciences from the École des Hautes Études (Paris). He was a full professor at the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEA-USP) Economics Department, coordinated the Socioenvironmental Economics Unit in the same institution, directed a FAPESP thematic project on climate change socioeconomic impacts, and was also a CNPq researcher. He is a member of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Scientific Board in Montpelier. He has published ten books, among them Muito Além da Economia Verde (Much Beyond the Green Economy) – Editora Planeta Sustentável, April, 2012.

Financial Committee

Plínio Ribeiro (Presidente)
Executive Director of Biofílica, a company that works with forest management and conservation, based on the marketing of environmental services, investment in research, and the socioeconomic development of persons and communities who live in the areas under management. He has a Business Administration degree from INSPER, and a master’s degree in Public Administration and the Environment from Columbia University and the Earth Institute (US). He worked with conservation projects in the Lower Rio Negro (Black River) for the Institute for Ecological Research (IPÊ), and was one of the producers of Jean Michel Cousteau’s documentary “Return to the Amazon.”


Zeina Latif
She has a doctorate in Economics from the São Paulo University (USP) and is the chief economist of XP Investments. She worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), ING, ABN-Amro Real, and HSBC. She has a weekly column for the Agência Estado Broadcast.


Fernando Furriela
A lawyer, who graduated from the São Paulo Pontifical Catholic University, he has two post-graduate degrees in Law. He sits on the boards of human rights and environmental entities.