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Marcelo Araújo

CSF Brazil Board Chair, Research Director, Environmental Secretariat, Bahia State, Brazil

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Leonardo Fleck

Program Officer, Conservation and Markets Initiatives, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, CA

Leo Fleck is a program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the largest private philanthropy working on environmental conservation globally. At Moore, Leo helped to create the Foundation’s conservation and markets initiatives, a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to help decouple food production from ecosystem degradation at scale through the use of market-based approaches and more collaborative grant-making structures. Leo co-leads the initiative focused on eliminating deforestation and habitat loss from beef and soy supply chains in South America. He also supports the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a global alliance of donors working to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, with strategy development and portfolio coordination.

Previously, Leo worked as Conservation Strategy Fund’s Brazil program manager and senior conservation economist. An alumni from CSF’s training program, Leo led international teams in innovative projects that led to measurable conservation impact, and taught CSF courses across the Americas. He also worked as a consulting professor at the UNA University in Brazil, teaching corporate sustainability to MBA students and was a contributor to the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity initiative (TEEB). He had extensive field experience in the Amazon as a researcher for the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute.

Leo earned a biological sciences degree and a diploma in business administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, an M.B.A. from Centro Universitário UNA and an M.Sc. in conservation biology from the University of Kent, were he received the Maurice Swingland Prize.

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Maria José Gontijo

Executive Director, International Institute for Education in Brazil, Brazil

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Carlos Alberto Mesquita

Atlantic Forest Director, Conservation International, Brazil

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Eric Stoner

Independent Environmental Consultant, Brasilia, Brazil