Team

Board members

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Marcelo De Andrade

Chairman & Founder

Marcelo has more than 35 years of experience working in the area of socioeconomic development and implementation of sustainable corporate, governmental and non-governmental projects.

He is a medical doctor, former Brazilian olympic rowing athlete and expeditionary. During his expeditions, he had his first direct contact with environmental problems caused by non-sustainable development. It was through these experience that he developed the model for Pro Natura as an institution that combined economic growth with human development and quality of life.

In 1985, he founded Pro Natura in Brazil and, in 1992 in partnership with Guy Reinaud, they expanded the institution’s activities globally across the United States, Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. His contributions to the field of socioeconomic development were highlighted in the book The True Visionaries of Our Times, by German journalist Martin Haeusler. Marcelo is also co-founder and partner of Earth Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest environmentally-focused investment funds, and served for several years as a member of BHP Billiton Forum for Corporate Responsibility, DuPont’s Worldwide Biotech Panel, Procter & Gamble’s Sustainability Council, etc.

Guy Reinaud

Chairman Emeritus

Guy was Executive Director of CENTI Software from 1966 to 1973 and Global Executive Director of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) between 1973 and 1992. Guy is known as one of the main promoters of Conservation and Agriculture of our time.

He is currently on the Board of several international institutions such as Vigeo, IBI (International Biochar Initiative), IUCN France, Eco-Carbone, European Foundation for Sustainable Territories, JTS and Fonds Français pour la Nature et l’Environnement.

Brando Crespi

Vice Chairman​

As the Paris-based co-founder and chief strategist of Pro Natura International, Brando has, over the last 30 years, designed, funded and implemented numerous sustainable development projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Over the past 15 years he has focused on agro ecological projects in 15 African countries primarily using biochar to fight climate change while strengthening food security. He is an active angel investor in a number of “clean and green” tech companies and sits on a number of international corporate boards.

Fabiane Luisi Turisco

CEO

Responsible for structuring and managing the governance, collaborative implementation, and general management in the field actions of all Pro Natura International programs in Brazil, Mozambique and Peru.

Before becoming the C&O at Pro Natura lnternational, Fabiane was partner director responsible for the branch of Rio de Janeiro at Martinelli Advocacia Empresarial, one of the leading law firms of Brazil. In the period of 2005 to 2018, Fabiane served as Vice-Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility at Amcham (American Chamber of Commerce), Member of the Board of Bola Pra Frente Institute, Member of Instituto Visão Futuro and the Brazilian Committee Studies on Systemic Indicator GNH (Gross National Happiness)

​Fabiane graduated from São Bernardo do Campo Law School and received her graduate degree in Contractual Law from PUC-SP; MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas; and Masters Degree in Management Systems, with an emphasis on Social Corporate Responsibility from Fluminense Federal University. PhD in Communication for Development (on going) from Universidade Lusófona do Porto – Porto, Portugal.

A lover of nature and all forms of life. She has been worked hard to build a new  system of human relationships, based on the balance between economy, spirituality and altruism.

 

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Fabiano Machado

CFO

Fabiano is a Brazilian economist with more than 10 years of experience in financial planning and analysis, feasibility study, financial instruments and structuring new business for the private equity and venture capital industry. After spending years in investment banking and working with fund managers to structure financial products, he opted to apply his acquired knowledge to new economic models related to sustainability and social businesses.

He initially joined Pro Natura in 2016 to support the strutting and design of its Shared Value Platform and today serves as its Chief Financial Officer. Fabiano holds an economics degree from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero and a master degree in neurolinguistic programming.

Country Director

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Mariana Velloso

Brazil Director

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Graduated in journalism from Faculdade da Cidade, IAG Master in Marketing from PUC-Rio, postgraduate in Third Sector from Universidade Estácio de Sá, Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard Extension School and Training in Project Management in Third Sector by the PMI Rio de Janeiro Institute.

Fundraising and Relationship Professional with over 15 years of experience in the social sector. Proven knowledge in the area of funding, processes, planning, selection, evaluation, project monitoring and reporting.

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Maria Cecilia

Peru Director

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Maria Cecilia Villegas is a specialist in International public policy, political and social risk analysis and sustainable development, with solid experience in public-private articulation in favor of carrying out development projects, especially in those places that do not have an effective state presence. Ms. Villegas has strong experience in the design and implementation of development strategies based on the creation of shared value which entails working with rural communities and grassroots organizations, and in the negotiation of social agreements. 

As a social and gender specialist consultant at the World Bank, she was part of the Social Inclusion group, which measured and implemented inclusion policies within the Bank’s projects. Ms. Villegas holds a Masters Degree in International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS), a Masters Degree (LLM) from Duke University Law School and a Law Degree form Universidad de Lima.

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Celina Moore Barton

USA Director

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Celina brings 30 years of experience as a land steward, sustainably-driven entrepreneur, manager, and impact investor. Celina began collaborating with Marcelo and Pro Natura in 1993, while she was working with Ella Cisneros as the UN Liaison for the Together Foundation. Our discussions about how to facilitate positive global change by establishing efficiencies, methodologies, and a logistical framework that inventories, and integrates the needs and resources of people, projects, and organizations in service to humanity and the earth helped fuel the build out of the Togethernet, which remains a fundamental tool for the UN-Habitat program. 

Celina has also stayed connected to her roots in Vermont, and worked on land conservation, real estate, and developing green methodologies using sales transactions as a catalyst to drive value back to the land. Celina worked for well-known brands such as Sotheby’s and Christies, helping them understand, represent, and tell the story of resilient rural communities, which resulted in breaking price records for conserved land, farms, and country estates in multiple counties. Celina continues to incubate several sustainably-driven companies in her holding company, Halsa Holdings, which keeps a particular emphasis on hemp and on women-owned businesses.

Celina finds inspiration in the Buckminster Fuller quote: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

Managers

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Juliana Rolla De Leo​

Director of the Pro Natura Agency of Minas Gerais​​

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Graduated in Business Administration with a degree in Foreign Trade, MBA in Strategic Management in Corporate Finance, PhD student in Environmental Engineering from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, specializing in business modeling, management and internationalization/nationalization, sustainability and innovation. She consolidated her career in the international market with a wide experience abroad.

Since 2004, she has been working on issues related to climate change and sustainability in Brazil and abroad, having started from internationalization and environmental projects.

She is the founder of Eco-Business Solutions, Director of Products and Markets at UBQ (Brazilian Union for Quality), Administrative and Financial Director of FEAMIG, and a teacher in FEAMIG’s undergraduate and graduate courses.

She has an international background in Professional and Executive coaching from SLAC (Latin American Coaching Society) and international certification – DISC Analyst (behavior), and Skills Analyst (Assess).

Juliana Bellaguarda

Administrative Assistant

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Nicia Cardoso

Executive Secretary of the Chairman

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Catherine Barré

Executive Board ‎Member

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Mohamed Bouchent Ouf

Project Manager

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Natarajan Iswaran

Strategic Councelor

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Olivier Pascal

Director of Science Expeditions Program‎

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Wilfrid Pineau

Project Manager

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Betinha Ribeiro

Project Manager

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Bill Knight

Founder, Pro Natura Nigeria

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Ambassadors

Arminio Fraga

Form Central Bank of Brazil

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Ignacy Sachs

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Jorge Ferrão

Form Minister of Education and Human Development

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Elza Galarza

Former Minister of Environment

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The Lord Deben John Gummer

Form Secretary of State for the Environment

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Jane Nielsen

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Thomas E. Lovejoy

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