Executive Vice President of Securing America’s Future Energy, dedicated to reducing the US’s dependence on oil in the transportation sector. Before his current position, Ryan launched the climate initiative of the National Audubon Society after spending 15 years in the philanthropic sector, where he served as vice president for Latin America and Program Officer at ClimateWorks, as well as Director of Programs and General Director for Latin America in the Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program.
He played a major role in supporting projects for the improvement of air quality, reduction of vehicle emissions, and adoption of cleaner technologies for heavy vehicles. His work has contributed toward major changes in environmental policies in Mexico, Brazil and China. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Margarita María Parra
Program Officer of the Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program, Margarita supports initiatives on sustainable transportation to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, India and Europe. She worked for ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability for seven years. She has acted as a consultant for organizations such as Greenpeace International, Climate Action Reserve, and Rainforest Action Network, among others, to develop strategies to reduce carbon emissions in Latin America.
Parra holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She also has a degree in population and sustainable development from the Development Research Center in Trivandrum, affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.
Georgia served as legal advisor for WWF Brazil, worked at the Moore Foundation as a Program Manager in the Andean-Amazon Initiative. She was also representative in the Brazil Climate Initiative for Latin America (LARCI), a member of the FUNBIO team, and today is the Director of RARE in Brazil.
Sérgio Valdir Bajay
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at Unicamp from 1974 to 2009. Founder and professor of the graduate program in energy systems planning at that University. Creator and senior researcher at the NIPE – Interdisciplinary Center of Energy Planning of the State University of Campinas. Bajay served as Director of the National Department of Energy Policies of the Ministry of Mines and Energy from 2001 to 2002.
Researcher and consultant, since 1982, in the areas of policy formulation and energy planning, and regulation of energy markets, with government agencies as well as state-owned and private enterprises. Also serves as member of the Advisory Board for Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) from 2008 to 2010. President of the Brazilian Society of Energy Planning (SBPE) from 2012 to 2014, member of the São Paulo State Energy Policy Council (CEPS) since April 2011, and has also participated on the Steering Committee of Energy Efficiency Indicators (CGIEE) since 2013.
Tasso Rezende de Azevedo
Holds a degree in Forest Engineering from USP. Consultant and social entrepreneur on sustainability issues, was CEO of Imaflora from 1995 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, he was director of the Brazilian Forest Service, under the Ministry of the Environment.
Member of boards of directors of NGOs and major institutions such as IMAZON and MMA. Currently serves as Coordinator of the GHG Emissions Estimates System (SEEG) of the Climate Observatory.
Ciro de C.Fleury
Holds a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from USP Polytechnic School, with an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland; served as general manager of Alcoa’s operations in Chile, executive director of the Teaching Quality Institute and coordinator of the Institute for the Development of Social Investment. Was superintendent of sustainability of the Camargo Corrêa group.
João Maurício Teixeira da costa
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from FGV-SP, and Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University. Served as researcher at the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics, editor of Política Externa magazine, and São Paulo bureau chief for the OECO news site.
Márcia Keiko Kodama
Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering and Master’s degree in Business Administration from FGV-SP. Management consultant, developing business advisory projects in organizational restructuring; serves as financial technical assistant in lawsuits. Has been working as an executive coach since 2007.