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Proforest Brazil Trustees

Our trustees help Proforest Brazil achieve the implementation of our strategic plan and ensure efficient management of our organisation in Latin America.

Ruth Nussbaum (Chair)

Ruth is the co-founder and Director of Proforest.

Read more about Ruth.

Paulo Gustavo do Prado Pereira

Paulo is an independent consultant in sustainable agriculture and rural production development. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Federal University of Paraiba on food and nutrition projects to improve small farmers’ production and food supply. Paulo worked at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry as an International Officer for technical cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and food technology. He was the coordinator and planning director at the pioneering environmental agency, SEMAM/PR. Previously he acted as Technical Manager for Brazil at Conservation International in Washington DC; and moved to Brazil as the organisation’s Environmental Policy and Cerrado Director.

Paulo holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Brasilia, as well as post-graduate studies in microbiology from the University of Havana, Cuba; and in Economics from OPAS/CEPAL/IPEA.

Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue

Cristina has an undergraduate degree and a masters on International Relations from the Universidade de Brasília (1991 and 1995), a masters on Development Studies Politics of Alternative Development - Institute Of Social Studies (1994), Netherlands and a doctorate degree on Sustainable Development from the Universidade de Brasilia (2003). Cristina has experience in teaching International Relations, on coordinating the International Relations Undergraduate Program at the Universidade de Brasília and in international cooperation management (at the Agência Brasileira de Cooperação and CNPQ).

Currently, Cristina is an assistant professor at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais at the Universidade de Brasília. She conducts research on: global environmental policies with a focus on climate and biodiversity governance, international cooperation for development, global governance, civil society and transnational networks.

Nadia Cristiane de Almeida Tavares Goodman

Dr Nadia Tavares-Goodman is an experienced coordinator, project manager and researcher in international programmes. She has worked in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, the UK and Zambia.

Since 2012, Nadia has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as Programme Specialist for South–South Cooperation at the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger based in Brasilia, Brazil; and since July 2014, as an international consultant. She supports governments to develop policies and adopt programme models related to social development, food security and school feeding. Prior to WFP, Nadia worked as an urban development consultant in Bangladesh for five years for multilateral (UNICEF, UNDP) and bilateral (GIZ, DFiD, AusAID) development agencies.

Nadia holds a PhD from Oxford Brookes University, UK, where she is an Honorary Research Associate.

Cristina Galvão Alves

Cristina has a Forestry Engineering degree from the Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz" - Universidade de São Paulo (ESALQ-USP), with forestry residence on Wood Technology at the École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois in Épinal, France. Cristina holds a Master of Science in Tropical Forests from the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), with a dissertation on the timber industry and holds a doctorate degree in Forestry Science from the Universidade de Brasília (UNB) with a thesis in forestry policies and economy. Cristina has attended short courses on strategic planning and corporate and public management tools.

She has over 18 years of experience in promotion and forestry management with emphasis in the Brazilian Amazon. She has experience in both educational outreach and rural extension. Throughout her career, Cristina has worked at IBAMA and at the Serviço Florestal Brasileiro, working closely with the third sector and in the implementation of international cooperation projects, including technical visits to forestry sites in South America and the United States of America.

Mauricio de Almeida Voivodic

Mauricio is a forester by training with a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the Universidade de São Paulo. He has over 15 years of experience in sustainability promotion in the agricultural and wood sector. He was Imaflora’s Executive Director between 2011 and 2016, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategy, its projects’ portfolio and a total budget of R$ 16 million reais.

He is an active member of national and international forums on sustainability. He is a former board member of ISEAL’s and Sustainable Agriculture Network’s council and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.