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Sérgio Leitão (Executive Director)
 A lawyer, he is a founding member of the Instituto Escolhas and is now its executive director. 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.

 

Jaqueline Ferreira (Institutional Coordinator)

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a doctorate in Social Sciences from the Rio de Janeiro Rural Federal University Social Sciences Postgraduate Program in  Development, Agriculture and Society. She was a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Joaquim Venâncio Polytechnic School of Health, where she worked in research projects on health in agrarian reform areas. There, she also coordinated courses in environmental health and training for environmental technicians for the rural population. As a consultant for Public Interest Management (GIP), she works with projects to strengthen civil society organizations in the areas of education and sustainable development. She is dedicated to a sociological approach to issues such as public policies, social movements, associative networks, sustainable development, family farming, rural education, and rural extension.


Renata de Almeida Rodriguez (Administrative and Financial Manager)
Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidade Paulista, currently studying post-graduation in Communication Management and Marketing at the School of Communications and Arts (ECA-USP). She has operated in the nonprofit sector since 2012. She operates strategically in the auditing process of projects executed by partner organizations, coordinating the survey, analysis and verification phases, obtaining improvements in accordance with the requirements of financiers, resulting in security focused on any type of loss risk, in the operational and economic-financial performance indicators.


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 Natalia Nunes Ferreira-Batista (Scientific Coordinator)
Economist, Ph.D. in Economics from the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP), former Economics professor at FEA-RP (USP Economic Department in Ribeirão Preto) with post-doctorate from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) – Barcelona. Has national and international experiences as researcher (CAPES / CNPq in Brazil and NEGOCIATE project at European Union level), with results published in academic journals such as Economics and Human Biology and Journal of Health Economics. Earlier in her career, was assistant researcher on IDB projects at the Economic Growth Center – Yale. Until now her academic research has focused on applied economics with emphasis on: the labor market, family economy, migration, economic demography, social welfare and public policies (child labor, Bolsa Familia, gender).

 

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 Lucas Magro Koren (Internship in Economics)

Senior in economics at ESALQ/USP. Has some experience working with applied economic research, and, for a small period, had worked in a corporation in its financial area.

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Donizete Vieira (Communications)

Journalist with a degree from the Centro Universitário Alcântara Machado FIAM-FAMM, working for some ten years in the institutional communications Field. She worked as a reporter and Press Aide for the São Paulo State Health Bureau and City Hall. He worked as a researcher with several projects implemented by the Datafolha and Ibope Inteligência market research institutes, and was also involved in the implementation of the 2010 Census as a Supervising Census Agent with the IBGE.