Team

Adriana Cestari
Adriana Cestari
project analyst for the South of Bahia Territorial Development Programme and Cities and Territories Programme

I work on projects oriented to the development of cities and territories, seeking to enable spaces for dialogue among diverse actors, such as public administrators, civil society, among others. I believe we can make a better country with dialogue and the participation of the public in formulating public policies.

Andrea Apponi
Andrea Apponi
executive director

I lead the Arapyaú team in fulfilling its vision, mission, strategies and the goals approved by the Board of Directors. My major motivation is working with and for people. And through the institute, I want to make a more significant contribution to building a better society.

Carolina Paseto
Carolina Paseto
Education coordinator for the South of Bahia Territorial Development Programme

In the institute I have the challenge of conducting projects aimed at improving public education in the south of Bahia. These projects involve public administration, schools, teachers, students and the community. My dream is to transform the world through education.

Carolina Polisel
Carolina Polisel
assistant to executive director

I take care of the board’s agendas, routines and commitments. I also organise the institute’s internal and external events and provide support for the administrative department.

Cleane Gomes
Cleane Gomes
general services assistant

My function at Arapyaú is to help keep the space clean, organized and pleasant to work in. I am studying Education and my dream is to work with literacy for young people and adults. I like to help people because I know there are many people who need support.

Débora Passos
Débora Passos
project and planning analyst

My work is to support the institute’s programme teams with project management methodologies. I want to help expand the positive impact of our actions, generating a more harmonious relationship between our society and the environment we live in.

Nerivalda Santos
Nerivalda Santos
general services assistant - Vila de Serra Grande (Bahia)

I am one of the ones who have worked here longest. I enjoy taking great care of the office here in Serra. I am very happy at Arapyaú, and my work here helped me buy my house more quickly. Also I really like the entire team. They all are very good to me.

Erica Dias
Erica Dias
administrative-financial analyst

Here at Arapyaú I have been taking care of people in the Human Resources area. I am also responsible for the financial area. I believe people are the key to the success of any company, institution or project.

Felipe Gasperi
Felipe Gasperi
administrative-financial manager

I head the administrative, financial and human resources areas. I am committed to improving resource management and financial planning, as well as generating a quality working environment. I believe that good management and support for the areas drive engagement and focus for employees and contribute to results.

Grazielle Cardoso
Grazielle Cardoso
project analyst in the South of Bahia Territorial Development Programme

I work on the front involved in developing cocoa growing. I think that projects to boost a crop considered important for the region based on real economic development – taking into account economic, social and environmental aspects – are inspiring.

Lívia Menezes Pagotto
Lívia Menezes Pagotto
knowledge and advocacy manager

Allying knowledge production and management with what is actually happening in the area and in public policy is my challenge in the Instituto Arapyaú. I believe in this way we can build strategies with the institute’s networks and partners more collaboratively, and the sustainability agenda gains even greater relevance and scale in Brazil.

Marcelo Cabral
Marcelo Cabral
manager of Cities and Territories programme

I am responsible for promoting, by means of partnerships and support for projects and initiatives, the use of innovative solutions in municipal management to drive sustainability in the cities. I think that innovation and technology can bring about structural changes in public administration, helping to improve people’s lives.

Pamela Medonecky
Pamela Medonecky
administrative financial analyst

I work in the administrative financial area preparing contracts and providing support for the team. I believe that human beings can always improve and learn that a sense of justice and equality need to go hand in hand.  

Paulo Sena
Paulo Sena
administrative financial specialist

I am responsible for monitoring Arapyaú’s finances, helping manage its resources. I invest in quality in interpersonal relations for my personal and professional development.

Renata Piazzon
Renata Piazzon
Climate Change Programme manager

I am responsible for reinforcing – by means of partnerships and support for projects -initiatives that seek to reconcile economic development and environmental conservation in Brazil. I believe that reviving people’s connection with nature is key to conserving biodiversity, improving people’s quality of life and driving the sustainable development of the country.

Ricardo Gomes
Ricardo Gomes
South of Bahia Territorial Development Programme manager

I head Arapyaú’s actions and partnerships in the south of Bahia. My challenge is to engage actors in promoting structured, scalable initiatives in the social, environmental and economic spheres. I believe that networking is key to promoting positive changes in society.

Sabrina Fernandes
Sabrina Fernandes
communication coordinator

I take care of the institute’s communication. I joined Arapyaú with the challenge of contributing to building and strengthening its institutional voice. I believe in the power of careful, transparent, well prepared communication has to promote and support projects, actions and relations.

Tayara Calina
Tayara Calina
project analyst on the Cities and Territories Programme

I am responsible for promoting the innovation agenda in municipal public administration, by means of advocacy initiatives involving the diverse municipalities and innovation projects in the cities that partner with the institute. I believe in the potential for change that cities can generate on a national and international scale and, above all, in the lives of each person.

Thais Ferraz
Thais Ferraz
communication and planning manager

I am head of the strategic planning, project management and communication area. In this area I assumed the commitment of implementing and managing high impact projects. Another challenge is to strengthen our institutional voice, structuring our communication and aligning it with our causes by strengthening the institute’s institutional voice.

Vinicius Ahmar
Vinicius Ahmar
strategic planning analyst

I am responsible for coordinating the institute’s strategic planning, ensuring alignment between our activities and strategies, as well as studying new – and better – ways of achieving our goals and impacts. I think that by working in participative and collaborative ways we will promote the changes we want to see in our society.

Governance Board

Guilherme Leal
Founder
Pedro Villares
Chairman of the Board
Oded Grajew
Claudio Padua
Johannes Van de Ven
Ricardo Leal
Felipe Leal

Fiscal Council

Gilberto Mifano
Chairman of Fiscal Council
Roberto Miranda
Valner Barcelos