About Us

Human activities such as energy generation and transportation emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are heating the planet.
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iCS’s vision: A prosperous, just Brazil that leads the transition to 1.5°C
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A better future depends basically on the choices made by society. iCS works for decisions to be made towards a prosperous, low-carbon development
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A prosperous, just Brazil that leads the transition to 1.5°C.


iCS´ mission is to enable the conditions and the architecture for society and decision makers to make informed choices about its future development path.
Therefore, we strive to become a recognized center of excellence in philanthropy for climate change in Brazil by:

  • Grant Making: supporting and enabling organizations and projects of civil society, academia, and governments
  • Mobilizing Resources: engaging national and international philanthropic and other financial actors
  • Convening: connecting partners and catalyzing actions across various parts of society.


Holistic Approach

Climate and society are two sides of the same coin. We support projects that address climate change and build a just and prosperous society.


Production of knowledge and access to quality information are key to make informed decision about our development path.

Structural Impact

Our supported initiatives and projects catalyze structural changes that can tackle the root causes of climate change. They aim to leverage and inspire the activities of others.

Boldness & Innovation

Finding answers to complex challenges requires bold and innovative thinking.


Transparency is the basis for accountability, understanding, and trust. Therefore, the disclosure of relevant information about the organization and its work is essential to ensuring responsibility.


As the issues of sustainable development are constantly evolving, our activities have to be responsive and nimble.


Climate change is a global challenge. Therefore, it is fundamental to increase the collaboration of national and international stakeholder.


Main Funders

The ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF/ClimateWorks)
As a non-governmental organization that works globally, ClimateWorks collaborates with funders, regional and research partners and other climate leaders to strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change. Site: http://www.climateworks.org/

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
CIFF is a non-governmental organization that seeks to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, focusing on the high returns of investing in children’s early development. The aim is to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and lasting change at scale. Site: http://ciff.org/


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett)
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the US, gives grants to philanthropic actions since 1967, contributing to the solution of social and environmental problems all over the world. Their areas include education, environment and global development. Site: http://www.hewlett.org/


Oak Foundation (Oak)
Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide. Site: http://www.oakfnd.org

Arapyaú Institute
The Arapyaú is a non-profit association that seeks to promote sustainable development. In practice, this is done through articulation and strategic and financial support to organizations and groups focused on green economy, the improvement of politics and its leaderships and engagement of society. The institute was founded in 2008 and has two offices: one in São Paulo and another in the village of Serra Grande, in the municipality of Uruçuca, in southern Bahia. Site: http://www.arapyau.org.br/

Board and staff

Board Members

Ana Yang
Ana is the president of iCS´ board. With a post-graduate degree in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Ana is the former Climate Change Portfolio Manager at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), located in London. Before that, she worked as Programme Officer Sustainable Business Advisory at IFC (International Finance Corporation) in São Paulo, Brazil, and as Executive Director of National Initiative at Forest Stewardship Council in Brasília. Her areas of expertise include sustainable finance, environmental and social risks management, forest finance mechanisms, project and budget management and stakeholder management.

Andrea Apponi

Andrea Apponi is currently Executive Director of the Arapyaú Institute, a private family foundation with the mission to promote Brazil’s transition to a just and sustainable society. She is in charge of the Arapyaú Institute’s general management in order to maximize the positive impact in sustainable development in Brazil. With more than 20 years’ experience in business management, marketing, start-up of operations and turnaround processes across segments in multinational companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, Alpargatas and Bridgestone. Andrea Apponi holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Mauá, post-graduation in administration-ESAN, specialization in finance from Business School of São Paulo and MBA from São Paulo University.

Carlos da Costa Parcias Jr.

Parcias has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Rio de Janeiro Catholic University (PUC-Rio) and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). He is Senior Business Adviser to investors and corporations. Previously was Board Member of CPFL Renewables and Chief Business Development Officer at CPFL Energia (2012/17). In 2011 was Director of Equity Investments in Energy at CCII. He had his own Independent Financial Advisory Firm (2004/10). Held senior leadership positions in the financial industry: CEO at Icatu Gestão de Participações; Head of Investment Banking at Fleming Graphus; CEO at BBA-Capital Asset Management; Head of Capital Markets at BBA-Creditanstalt Bank; Executive Officer at JP Morgan Brazil; Adviser to the Presidency at BNDES.

Leonardo Lacerda
Leonardo holds the position of Environment
Programme Director at Oak Foundation, located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Leonardo worked with the World Wildlife Fund’s international network in Italy, Brazil and Switzerland. He is a founding member of Fundação Vitoria Amazônica, an NGO based in Manaus, Brazil. Leonardo has a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul Nitsche School of International Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. His areas of expertise include institutional management, establishment of organizations and networks and international relations.

Lucia Nader
Lucia Nader holds a postgraduate degree in Development and International Organizations from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Catholic University of São Paulo, as well as a number of certificates in civil society organization management, “Expanding Impact: Non-Governmental Organization – Legitimacy, Impact and Partnerships” and “Exponential Fundraising” (2010 and 2013, Harvard Kennedy School – United States). From 2003-2011, she was the Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights. Before, she served as network coordinator (2003-2005) and international relations coordinator (2006-2011). In the latter role, she created the Foreign Policy and Human Rights Project and she was also executive secretary of the Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights Committee. Before joining Conectas, Lucia was coordinator of communication and institutional relations at the Sou da Paz Institute – working with urban violence and human rights. Lucia was named a social entrepreneur by Ashoka (2009).

Rodrigo Fiães

Rodrigo Fiães holds a degree in economics from the PUC-RIO and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked in finance and economic research during the main part of his career, in different private and public organizations, both in and outside of Brazil. Former partner of Gávea Investments, he is now part of the Serrapilheira Institute and participates in The School of Life Brazil. Rodrigo is the Vice-President of iCS´ board.

Fiscal Board

Helena Penna
Helena Penna holds a degree in Economics in PUC-Rio, and she was member of the Fiscal Council of Lojas Renner S.A. and Lojas Renner Institute since 2005 and 2008, respectively. Helena is also a member of the Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP), which seeks to integrate women into the labor market through investment in work and income generation projects. She was Operations Director of Grupo Pão de Açucar, and also responsible for supply, logistics and after sales (SAC) of Ponto Frio, Extra and Casas Bahia sites from July 2008 to March 2012.

Warley Dias
Warley Dias is the Director of R & R Audit and Consulting and Value Management Business. He has a Master degree in Accounting and Controllership from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Warley is a university professor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UFMG, PUC-Minas, Milton Campos, Batista College, among others) and has experience in multinational companies in accounting. He also works in the areas of financial management, valuation and auditing. He ministers seminars for Philanthropy Magazine focusing on accounting for the Third Sector.


 Alice Amorim Vogas, Coordinator of Climate Policy and Outreach Portfolio

Alice participated in several projects involving institutional analysis, political strategy development, institutional building and partnerships development in topics such as Climate Change, South-South Cooperation, Philanthropy and private social investment, Consumer rights, media, among others. She is an associate at GiP (Gestão de Interesse Público), Alice was in-house Lawyer of Icatu Holding S/A for five years, overseeing the company’s litigation management, corporate and investment funds restructuring, compliance procedures, due diligences, among others. Alice also acted as CEO for Saúde Criança Zona Sul from March 2013 to March 2014, overseeing the organizations’ fundraising, institutional development and management activities, stakeholders engagement and external communications. Alice holds a bachelor of Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Master (MSc) in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences – LSE and post-graduate in Social Responsibility and Third Sector by the Institute of Economics of the Federal University the Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ.

Ana Ana Toni, Executive Director

Ana Toni is the Executive Director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) and Co-Founder of GIP (Public Interest Management). From 2003 until May 2011, Ana Toni was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination, sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights. She was also responsible for coordinating the regional Latin America funding on Economics and Globalization, the IBSA initiative (joint work between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on Intellectual Property Rights.

From 1998 to 2002, Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil, working for the eradication of poverty and inequality through community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and campaigning at national and international levels. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993), representing the organization at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

She worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997; first, as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. Ana was Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and Board Chair of Greenpeace International from 2010 to 2017.
Ana was Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association) and Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, she is Board member of Agência Pública, WINGS, Gold Standard Foundation, ITS and of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity, and integrates the Brazilian Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability.

Ana graduated in Economic and Social Studies at Swansea University, has a master degree in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Political Science at the Rio de Janeiro State University.

Kamyla Borges Cunha, Consultant of Kigali Project

Kamyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law (USP), a master’s and pHD in energy systems planning from Unicamp’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Brazil’s role in international negotiations on global climate change. She worked for more than 10 years at the Institute of Energy and Environment, coordinating the electric energy portfolio. She was also teacher in chemical engineering and environmental sciences at UNIFESP / Diadema. She currently works at iCS as a consultant, coordinating the Kigali Project, whose focus is to promote the increase of energy efficiency with the transition of GWP lower refrigerant gases in the air conditioning sector in Brazil.

Foto_Bia_1Ana Beatriz Fandinho, Administrative Assistant

Beatriz Fandinho is graduated in International Relations at Ibmec – RJ (2011) and holds a Master Diploma in International Business Management from Newcastle University, UK (2014). Nowadays, she is attending a distance learning undergraduate course in Modern Language specialized in English (UNESA). She has worked as: Good and Services Contracts´ Assistant at Petrobras (2012-2013); visiting translator at Fiocruz (Oct 2016 – Mar 2017); and as English Teacher for kids (Jan 2016 – Jun 2017). Beatriz speaks English and a bit of French and holds a proficiency certificate in English language from Cambridge University (CAE).

At iCS, she works as Administrative and Finance Assistant, putting into practice her knowledge in Accounting, Management and International Relations acquired while she was studying in the UK.

 Gustavo Pinheiro, Portfolio Coordinator Low Carbon Economy

Gustavo Tosello Pinheiro co-founded Bratus Natural Capital in 2015, investing in start ups generating social and environmental impact. From 2012 to 2015, Gustavo was the Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brasília, working to improve environmental legislation related to infrastructure, agriculture and protected areas management. He was also responsible for TNC’s public fundraising between 2010 and 2012, as International Finance Institutions Coordinator. From 2005 and 2010, Gustavo engaged Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) in supporting indigenous peoples and organisations in sustainable development and public policy initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon. He also managed ABN-AMRO Bank’s corporate digital channel operations from 2002 to 2005 after concluding the corporate trainee program he was selected for in 2001. Gustavo also did consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Culture and São Paulo’s Transportation Department. He has a degree in Public Administration from São Paulo Business School – Fundação Getulio Vargas and specialized in Economic Conservation Tools in a joint program at University of Brasília (UNB) with Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil (IEB) and Social Change at Harvard Kennedy School.

 Leonildes Nazar, Executive Advisor

Leonildes Nazar is graduated in International Relations at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP/UERJ, former IUPERJ) and is undergraduate student in History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She is member of the World Policy Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo), working in the area of ​​analysis of brazilian foreign policy. Leonildes has a specialization in Academic Preparation, Communication and Business from the International Language Schools of Canada (ILSC), San Francisco (California, USA), as well as a specialization in International Journalism at Espaço Diálogos do Sul/UFRJ. Between 2012 and 2014, she was researcher associate at the Interdisciplinary Studies Laboratory in International Relations (Lieri). She worked for the Economic Research Institute Foundation (FIPE) and also at the Communication Office of the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP Brazil, where she collaborated in the production of the “Annual Report: Supporting the Brazilian development” by UNDP. She was also consultant and coordinator of the editorial board of the Bulletin Conjuntura Labmundo (2015), and proofreader of the academic magazine Perspectivas do Desenvolvimento (PPGDSCI/CEAM/UnB). Leonildes has experience in advisory and strategic support in international relations and academic research, and consultancy for social media and customer service. Currently, Leonildes is Advisor of the Executive Director.

Luiza menor Luiza de Mello e Souza, Institutional Relations Manager

Luiza de Mello e Souza holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology for Health Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Bachelor’s Diploma in Biology from the State University of Campinas, (UNICAMP), besides other certifications.

She worked for twelve years at the Ford Foundation Brazil Office, as a Grants Manager from 2007 to 2016, and previously, as Program Associate. Before that, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Polytechnic School of Health Joaquim Venâncio (at Fiocruz), worked at the National Technology Institute (INT), taught at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UNI-RIO) and was a Junior Researcher and Social Educator at the EICOS Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).  She is bilingual in Portuguese and English and speaks Spanish.

At iCS, Luiza is responsible for Institutional Relations.

Roberto Roberto Kishinami, Portfolio Coordinator Power

Roberto Kishinami has a master degree in Physics from the University of São Paulo and has been a specialist on energy and climate change for the last 15 years. His clients for consultancy work on these themes were energy companies, finance institutions, private sector associations, among many others. His consulting focused on strategic planning investments for competition on global markets, with low carbon and environmental impact as competitive advantage. He is a board member of Action Aid International and served as Executive Director of Greenpeace Brasil from 1994 to 2001. Roberto Kishinami coordinates the Power Portfolio of iCS.

 Silvia David, Grants Administration Manager

Silvia is graduated in Industrial Engineering from the UFRJ and System Analysis from PUC-RJ and has recently obtained the ABPMP International (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) certification and the ITIL v3 Foundation certification.  She has worked in the IT of large Telecom enterprises and in consulting for 20 years, including Telemar/Oi and Maxprocess Consulting, during which she was responsible for the specification of new Systems, Project Management, and optimizing businesses processes for clients.  Prior to her position at iCS, she was responsible for institutional processes, grants and contracts, consolidating data and IT management at LARCI Brazil.  At iCS, Silvia is the Grants Administration Manager.

tatiana - Copia Tatiana Zanotti, General Financial Administration Manager

Tatiana Zanotti graduated in Accounting at UFF and holds a post-graduate Diploma in Controlling and Finance.
She worked as Coordinator of Finance, Administration and Human Resources in the national private institute Oi Futuro from 2003 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, she worked in the international humanitarian organization, MSF – Doctors without Borders, as Director of Finance, Administration and IT. Tatiana currently is a Coopted Board Member of MSF Brazil.
At iCS, she is responsible for Finance, Administration and Human Resources.

walter2 Walter F. de Simoni, Portfolio Coordinator Transport

Walter Figueiredo De Simoni has a degree in economics and environmental sciences from Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has specialized in climate change and green economy, with a focus on public policy and green finance. Over the years he has acquired experience working for the private sector on sustainability and climate change strategies in the finance, oil and gas, animal protein and electricity sectors as well as international negotiations on the topic of climate change. He was the Green Economy Superintendent for the State of Rio and was responsible, among others, for the state’s climate change program, including a cap-and-trade pilot and industrial GEE inventories. As the urban mobility Portfolio Coordinator of iCS he is responsible for all urban mobility grant-making, convening and mobilizing funding for the relevant areas.


Institute for Climate and Society – iCS
Rua General Dionísio, 14 – Humaitá
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Postal Code 22.271-050
Tel +55 (21) 31976580