Governance

With the guidelines and legal provisions contained in its Articles of Incorporation, iCS performs its administration through three bodies (General Meeting, Decision-Making Council and Audit Committee), which are responsible for the activities of the Institute, in compliance with its purpose. iCS also has specific technical Committees that support and guide the quality of the projects and operational guidelines.

Furthermore, in 2023, iCS, taking into consideration its growth and the structuring of an even more robust governance, adopted a new Code of Conduct, including, for example, the existence of an Ethics Committee, revised its Articles of Incorporation and launched a process to review its Bylaws.

General Meeting

Held annually (and extraordinarily whenever necessary) for the discussion of matters that involve the interests of the Institute. It votes on the statutes of the iCS and their updates, as well as being responsible for electing the members of the Decision-Making Council.

Decision-Making Council

Responsible for the guidelines and general operational goals of iCS as established in the annual strategic planning, the Decision-Making Council is a collegial decision-making body. It consists of eight members, appointed by the General Assembly, with a term of office of up to three years and the possibility of re-election. In addition to electing the members of the Audit Committee, it reviews and approves the financial statements and annual reports of iCS.

  • Adriana Moreira

    Member

    Experienced senior environmental specialist with a proven track record of working in the international development industry. Adriana is a recognized leader in her field and a respected professional specializing in sustainable development, policy analysis, environmental issues, climate change and biodiversity.

    Adriana Moreira

    Member

    Experienced senior environmental specialist with a proven track record of working in the international development industry. Adriana is a recognized leader in her field and a respected professional specializing in sustainable development, policy analysis, environmental issues, climate change and biodiversity.

  • Ana Yang

    Chairperson of the iCS board

    Extensive work experience with complex global organizations and multifunctional teams. Yang promotes programs that integrate research, innovation and the formation of multi-stakeholder coalitions to shape decisions and bring about change. Strong interdisciplinary work experience (from the private sector, environmental pressure groups, development finance, philanthropy and think tanks) involving the environment, political economy and finance. Specialties: climate change, sustainable resources, policy, strategic planning and program management.

    Ana Yang

    Chairperson of the iCS board

    Extensive work experience with complex global organizations and multifunctional teams. Yang promotes programs that integrate research, innovation and the formation of multi-stakeholder coalitions to shape decisions and bring about change. Strong interdisciplinary work experience (from the private sector, environmental pressure groups, development finance, philanthropy and think tanks) involving the environment, political economy and finance. Specialties: climate change, sustainable resources, policy, strategic planning and program management.

  • Douglas Griffiths

    Member

    Three decades of innovative leadership in change management, global negotiations, international development, conservation, environmental protection, higher education and diplomacy. Douglas is skilled in forming motivated and cohesive teams to achieve mission objectives. A recognized leader in consensus building and actively involved with stakeholders, leading organizational change, improving management performance and working in all areas of large multicultural organizations. Douglas is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Douglas Griffiths

    Member

    Three decades of innovative leadership in change management, global negotiations, international development, conservation, environmental protection, higher education and diplomacy. Douglas is skilled in forming motivated and cohesive teams to achieve mission objectives. A recognized leader in consensus building and actively involved with stakeholders, leading organizational change, improving management performance and working in all areas of large multicultural organizations. Douglas is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Edvaldo Santana

    Member

    Edvaldo Santana was awarded a PhD in Production Engineering in 1994 from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), where he is a retired full professor. He was a director of the National Agency for Electric Energy – ANEEL between 2005 and 2013 and superintendent of Economic and Market Studies of that agency, between 2000 and 2005. He was vice-president of New Business at Electra Energy between 2018 and 2020 and CEO of the Association of Large Energy Consumers – ABRACE between 2016 and 2018 and CEO of Brasil PCH between May 2014 and October 2016. As a director of ANEEL, he was vice-president of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulators (Ariae) between 2006-2012 and president for six months. He was also an advisor and president of the Association of the Regulators of the Portuguese Official Language (Relop) between 2011-2013. Prof. Edvaldo has supervised 35 doctoral theses, of which 25 were about the electricity sector. He has a vast scientific production in the area of ​​the regulation of the electricity sector and price formation, a part of which is published in the Blog Papo de Energia, for which he is responsible. He is a columnist for the newspaper Valor Econômico, where he writes about electric energy and topics related to Behavioral Economics.

    Edvaldo Santana

    Member

    Edvaldo Santana was awarded a PhD in Production Engineering in 1994 from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), where he is a retired full professor. He was a director of the National Agency for Electric Energy – ANEEL between 2005 and 2013 and superintendent of Economic and Market Studies of that agency, between 2000 and 2005. He was vice-president of New Business at Electra Energy between 2018 and 2020 and CEO of the Association of Large Energy Consumers – ABRACE between 2016 and 2018 and CEO of Brasil PCH between May 2014 and October 2016. As a director of ANEEL, he was vice-president of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulators (Ariae) between 2006-2012 and president for six months. He was also an advisor and president of the Association of the Regulators of the Portuguese Official Language (Relop) between 2011-2013. Prof. Edvaldo has supervised 35 doctoral theses, of which 25 […]

  • Fernanda Lopes

    Member

    Fernanda Lopes is a biologist, with a master’s degree and PhD in Public Health from the University of São Paulo (USP), specializing in epidemiology.

    She is currently a director of the Program Baobá Fund for Racial Equity. She is the owner of Niketche: Transformando Realidades, which performs specialized consultancies in health and human rights, development and racial and gender equity. She is an anti-racist activist and works for women’s rights, operating in the fields of health and reproductive rights; she confronts racism and development with equity and, more recently, has been dedicated to the discussion about reproductive justice.She recently provided consultancy services to the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Amnesty International – Brazil Office and the Baobá Fund. For 11 years, she worked at the United Nations Population Fund in Brazil (UNFPA), acting as an Auxiliary Representative and coordinator of the programmatic actions of the institution in Brazil; she was also a Program Officer in Reproductive Health and Rights and an Advisor for HIV/AIDS.

    She was a coordinator of the health actions of the Program to Combat Institutional Racism (PCRI), which was an initiative that brought together the Brazilian Government and Agencies from the United Nations System, with support from the Ministry of the British Government for International Development (DFID).

    She is an organizer of specialized books, and the author of scientific articles and opinion articles, among others. She was also a researcher at the Center of Studies for the Prevention of AIDS at the University of São Paulo; a national health advisor; a member of the Population and Society team from the Brazilian Planning Center, CEBRAP, and of the Technical Committee on Health of the Black Population for the Ministry of Health. Her research areas include: health of the black population; racism and iniquities in health; and vulnerability and HIV/AIDS. She is currently a Member of the Working Group on Racism and Health of the Brazilian Public Health Association (ABRASCO).

     

    Fernanda Lopes

    Member

    Fernanda Lopes is a biologist, with a master’s degree and PhD in Public Health from the University of São Paulo (USP), specializing in epidemiology. She is currently a director of the Program Baobá Fund for Racial Equity. She is the owner of Niketche: Transformando Realidades, which performs specialized consultancies in health and human rights, development and racial and gender equity. She is an anti-racist activist and works for women’s rights, operating in the fields of health and reproductive rights; she confronts racism and development with equity and, more recently, has been dedicated to the discussion about reproductive justice.She recently provided consultancy services to the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Amnesty International – Brazil Office and the Baobá Fund. For 11 years, she worked at the United Nations Population Fund in Brazil (UNFPA), acting as an Auxiliary Representative and coordinator of the programmatic actions of the institution in Brazil; she […]

  • Gabriel Visconti

    Member

    Degree and master’s degree in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in addition to an executive MBA from the Post-Graduate Institute in Business Research (COPPEAD). Economist at the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), which he joined in August 1998, taking on various roles in the social, financial, foreign trade and planning areas. For 6 years he was superintendent of the public and socioenvironmental management area. He was responsible for the Amazon Fund and also for forest restoration projects, innovation in sustainability, conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in public policy at UC San Diego, in the United States.

    Gabriel Visconti

    Member

    Degree and master’s degree in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in addition to an executive MBA from the Post-Graduate Institute in Business Research (COPPEAD). Economist at the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), which he joined in August 1998, taking on various roles in the social, financial, foreign trade and planning areas. For 6 years he was superintendent of the public and socioenvironmental management area. He was responsible for the Amazon Fund and also for forest restoration projects, innovation in sustainability, conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in public policy at UC San Diego, in the United States.

  • Leonardo (Vieira) Lacerda

    Member

    Leonardo is a Senior International Consultant in Climate Solutions.

    Soon after concluding his master’s degree in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University (Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS), he began his career in the Brazilian Amazon as Director of Conservation at the Fundação Vitória Amazônica, in Manaus.

    For over 14 years, he served the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature in several international positions; notably as coordinator of the Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, Director of the Mediterranean Program, Director of Conservation for Brazil and Global Manager of the Forest Conservation Program.

    From 2007, he was the director of the environmental program of the Oak Foundation, in Switzerland, where he administered a worldwide grant portfolio in excess of US$ 550 million and formed a team to address climate change, marine conservation, the global campaign against pollution caused by plastics and the illegal trade of wildlife.

    Recently, Leonardo was Global General Director for Climate Change at TNC, where he supervised the work of the organization to promote solutions for climate change in mitigation, adaptation and energy transition.

    During his career, Leonardo has helped to create terrestrial and marine protected areas that, if added together and continuous, would make up an area that would be the second largest country in the world, only smaller to the territory of Russia. In the climate area, Leonardo has helped to orchestrate the creation and strengthening of the main funder foundations in countries such as Shakti (India); the European Climate Foundation; iCS (Brazil); MCI (Mexico); and China.

    He is currently part of the International Council of the Climate Leadership Initiative and works as an independent consultant. Leonardo provides almost 30 years of global experience building diversity and inspiring teams to achieve high-level goals in the sectors of the environment, human development and social justice.

    Leonardo (Vieira) Lacerda

    Member

    Leonardo is a Senior International Consultant in Climate Solutions. Soon after concluding his master’s degree in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University (Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS), he began his career in the Brazilian Amazon as Director of Conservation at the Fundação Vitória Amazônica, in Manaus. For over 14 years, he served the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature in several international positions; notably as coordinator of the Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, Director of the Mediterranean Program, Director of Conservation for Brazil and Global Manager of the Forest Conservation Program. From 2007, he was the director of the environmental program of the Oak Foundation, in Switzerland, where he administered a worldwide grant portfolio in excess of US$ 550 million and formed a team to address climate change, marine conservation, the global campaign against pollution caused by plastics and the illegal trade of wildlife. […]

  • Rodrigo Fiães

    Vice-chair appointed as interim executive director

    Rodrigo Fiães has been temporarily removed from the position of vice-chair of the Board in order to exercise the role of interim executive director of iCS. Economist with a degree from PUC-Rio and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was a partner at Gávea Investimentos (2004-15) and has worked in several private and public institutions in the areas of finance, economic research and public policy. Since 2014, he has been dedicated to the 3rd sector. In particular, he has participated in the conception, assembly and start-up of operations for two non-profit civil associations (Instituto Serrapilheira and IEPS).

    Rodrigo Fiães

    Vice-chair appointed as interim executive director

    Rodrigo Fiães has been temporarily removed from the position of vice-chair of the Board in order to exercise the role of interim executive director of iCS. Economist with a degree from PUC-Rio and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was a partner at Gávea Investimentos (2004-15) and has worked in several private and public institutions in the areas of finance, economic research and public policy. Since 2014, he has been dedicated to the 3rd sector. In particular, he has participated in the conception, assembly and start-up of operations for two non-profit civil associations (Instituto Serrapilheira and IEPS).

  • Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski

    Member

    Sergio is a Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). He was President of Banco Desenvolve SP and also of the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais S/A – BDMG and of the Brazilian Development Association (ABDE). Additionally, he was Vice President of the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE).
    He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from USP, a master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School and in International Trade and Economics from Sciences Po – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.
    He was previously General Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the New Development Bank, the BRICS Bank in Shanghai, China. He also worked as Chief of Staff of the President of BNDES and was Vice President of Corporate Development at Arlon Capital Partners in New York. Sergio is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS).

    Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski

    Member

    Sergio is a Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). He was President of Banco Desenvolve SP and also of the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais S/A – BDMG and of the Brazilian Development Association (ABDE). Additionally, he was Vice President of the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE). He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from USP, a master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School and in International Trade and Economics from Sciences Po – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. He was previously General Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the New Development Bank, the BRICS Bank in Shanghai, China. He also worked as Chief of Staff of the President of BNDES and was Vice President of Corporate Development at Arlon Capital Partners in New York. Sergio is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS).

Audit Committee

Responsible for the review and approval of the financial statements and the annual reports.

  • Helena Penna

    Member

    Helena holds a degree in Economics in PUC-Rio, and she was a member of the Fiscal Council of Lojas Renner S.A. and Lojas Renner Institute since 2005 and 2008, respectively. She participes as 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 Açúcar and also responsible for supply, logistics and after sales (SAC) of Ponto Frio, Extra and Casas Bahia sites from July 2008 to March 2012.

    Helena Penna

    Member

    Helena holds a degree in Economics in PUC-Rio, and she was a member of the Fiscal Council of Lojas Renner S.A. and Lojas Renner Institute since 2005 and 2008, respectively. She participes as 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 Açúcar 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 de Oliveira Dias

    Member

    Warley 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). As a university professor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UFMG, PUC Minas, Milton Campos, Batista College, among others), he also has experience in multinational companies in accounting. He works in the areas of financial management, valuation and auditing. He ministers seminars for Philanthropy Magazine focusing on accounting for the Third Sector.

    Warley de Oliveira Dias

    Member

    Warley 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). As a university professor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UFMG, PUC Minas, Milton Campos, Batista College, among others), he also has experience in multinational companies in accounting. He works in the areas of financial management, valuation and auditing. He ministers seminars for Philanthropy Magazine focusing on accounting for the Third Sector.

  • Shaila Silva

    Member

    Shaila is the CEO of SHC Auditoria e Consultoria, which is a company that she created with the purpose of helping business owners use accounting as a management tool. She has been working in the accounting area for over 23 years, of which 18 years have been focused on internal and external audit, accounting consulting and compliance in various segments. She was a member of the Statutory Audit Committee for 2 years. She is an alumna of Conselheira 101, which a program that has the objective of expanding the knowledge of black leaders on topics related to the role of directors, responsibilities, training and challenges, as well as encouraging the networking of participants with the governance community.

    Shaila Silva

    Member

    Shaila is the CEO of SHC Auditoria e Consultoria, which is a company that she created with the purpose of helping business owners use accounting as a management tool. She has been working in the accounting area for over 23 years, of which 18 years have been focused on internal and external audit, accounting consulting and compliance in various segments. She was a member of the Statutory Audit Committee for 2 years. She is an alumna of Conselheira 101, which a program that has the objective of expanding the knowledge of black leaders on topics related to the role of directors, responsibilities, training and challenges, as well as encouraging the networking of participants with the governance community.

Executive Committee

Composed of the president and vice-president of the Decision-Making Council and the executive director of iCS, it is responsible for aligning the executive decisions with the guidelines of the Decision-Making Council;

Programmatic Committee

Composed of up to six specialist members with specific knowledge of the operational areas of iCS, it is responsible for approving the making of grants, respecting the established limits, discussing topics related to the improvement of the project management and identifying strategic and sensitive topics to recommend for discussion by the Decision-Making Council;

Ethics and Conduct Committee

Formed by up to five members, the committee is responsible for upholding the ethics and integrity of iCS and its employees and partners and for the application of its Code of Conduct. It is chaired by one of its members, who is chosen by the Decision-Making Council or by the Committee itself.

Panels

iCS also has periodic panels of external experts regarding Climate Policy, Energy and Industry and Land Use Transition, Food Systems and Socio-Bioeconomy, aiming to increase the effectiveness and scope of the programmatic work plans with more plural and consistent strategies, by combining different perspectives.