Virgilio Viana

Virgilio Viana is a PhD in Evolutionary Biology by the Harvard University. He organized the discussion which led to the creation of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), back in 1993. He was the founding member and president of IMAFLORA, the first forest certified organization in Latin America. In 2003, he became the first secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Amazonas, biggest state with the largest forest covered area in Brazil and coordinated the Green Zone Program. He is currently General Director of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, which aims to promote local well-being and the sustainable involvement of forest dwellers throughout the Brazilian Amazon; Virgilio is a member of the World Economic Forum; member of the Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development; member of the International Advisory Board of the Ecosystem Services Program for Poverty Reduction (ESPA), a member of the Royal Society's Advisory Board; Co-chair of the Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity and Environmental Services Group of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), as well as Coordinator of the SDSN Network for the Amazon.

Adalberto Luis Val

Adalberto Luis Val, senior researcher at Amazon National Institute of Research (INPA/MCTI) since 1981, studies biological adaptation of fishes to environmental challenges. Val has a post-doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia (Canada), and has supervised over 100 students of under graduation, master’s and doctorate courses. He is the author of more than 130 articles and more the 20 book chapters. Among his books are “Fishes of the Amazon”, Spring Verlag (1995) and the “Physiology of Tropical Fishes”, Academic Press (2006). He has delivered more than 150 seminars and conferences around the world. He has been General Director of INPA / MCTI for eight years (2006-2014) and is coordinating the project ADAPTA INCT (Adaptations of Aquatic Biota to environmental changes).

His lab has been supported by Brazilian financing agencies (CNPq, CAPES, FAPEAM) and international organizations (Copper Association, The Leverhulme Trust). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, 1A companion of CNPq, e was awarded with the Gran Cruz of National Order of Scientific Merit (Brazil) e the American Fisheries Society Physiology Excellence Award (USA), among others. He served as Head of the International Cooperation Office of the Brazilian CAPES Ministry / Education in 2015. He is currently studying the breathing and adaptations of Amazonian fish to changes in the environment, both natural and man-made, including effects of climate change.

Emma Torres

Emma Torres is a senior advisor on sustainability of the PNUD in the Latin America and Caribbean. She has more than 20 years of experience in the United Nations (UN), with the increase on the level of responsibility that involve management, strategic development program and negotiations to promote initiatives of sustainable development around the world.

She coordinated a strategic initiative in Latin America and Caribbean: The Superpower Biodiversity. Emma currently serves as director of the Regional Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as UNDP / GEF’s Deputy Executive Coordinator, a partnership between PNUD, PNUMA and the World Bank. Emma Torres' management is responsible for a team of more than 60 professionals and more than US$ 1 billion portfolios in more than 80 countries. As a coordinator in PNUD, she produced “Our own agenda” and “Amazon without myths”. Both continued to be a reference in their fields’ of study. She is currently a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Sustainability - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Emma also integrates the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which is led by Prof. Jeffrey, and is working on advancing two major initiatives: SDSN Amazon and Rio: a sustainable city. Ms. Torres holds a Master's degree in Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; is a graduate in French Language and Civilization from the Sorbonne of Paris, and holds degrees in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from IIED - Harvard University.

Thais Megid Pinto

Thais has a degree in agronomic engineering from the University of São Paulo Since 2008, she has supported the implementation of innovative sustainability strategies, especially in the Amazon region. During his professional experiences, she acquired analytical skills and ability to deal with environmental, economic, political, and cultural variables. She has experience in the area of mobilization and coordination of multilateral processes, in the development of new projects, in the management of projects and multidisciplinary teams and in the area of institutional relations.

Thais has worked for important Brazilian and international instituitons such as Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Greenpeace, OneCarbon BV, IDESAM and IMAFLORA. Currently, Thais is executive secretary of SDSN – Amazon at Fundação Amazônia Sustentável.

Macarena Mairata

Macarena has a degree in Social Communications – Journalism by the Martha Falcão University, and is currently studying history at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). She initiated her professional career writing about social movements, political manifestations and human rights to Free Journalists and Ninja Midia. She wrote academic articles about environmental journalism and the journalistic market. She also has experience with activist journalism, having been a part of NGOs like Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders. Currently, she is responsible for communication of SDSN-Amazon network at Fundação Amazônia Sustentável.

Carolina Ramírez Mendez

Carolina graduated as a forest engineer from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM, Peru) and has a master degree in Forest Tropical Science by the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA, Brasil). Carolina has professional experience in the management of non-wood and wood forest products, in the establishment and monitoring of permanent forest plots and in the botanical identification of the main tree species of the Peruvian and Brazilian amazon forest. She has published academic articles in ecotourism, tree growth and the drought effect in the amazon forest trees. Currently, she is responsible for the management of SDSN-Amazon network at Fundação Amazônia Sustentável.

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