CASA Governance Board


Silvio Sant’ana Chair of the Board – Esquel Foundation Brazil

Silvio has a degree in Social Sciences and a Masters in Agroeconomics and Regional Development Planning from the University of Paris Sorbonne.  He has since worked in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable development policies, plans and projects, with vast experience in multilateral agencies of the UN and OAS system.  He is Chair of the Board of the Esquel Foundation Brazil, Treasurer of the Children’s Pastoral Institute and part of the national coordination of the Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements.  He has played a key role as member of the Facilitating Committee of the national Platform for a New Regulatory Benchmark for the Third Sector that elaborates legal instruments for its improvement.  In this role, he is part of the  Inter-Ministerial Working Group on the Regulatory Benchmark created by the Brazilian Presidency General Secretariat.  Silvio has also worked in national and international agencies dealing with poverty eradication,  public policies on climate and the combat on desertification.

Renato Cunha – Bahia Environmental Group (Gambá)

Renato is a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Development Planning (University College of London – 1979), Comparative Environmental Law (Piracicaba Methodist University – 1981 and 1985), Environmental Resources Administration and Energy Economy (COPPE /UFRJ – 1984). In 1980 he settled in Salvador, Bahia, and in 1982, together with a group of professionals preoccupied with the pace of environmental degradation of the state, founded Gambá. Since then he has dedicated his time to the environmental cause and his activism is almost inseparable from the history of Gambá. He participated in the creation of the Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment and Sustainable Development (FBOMS), the Brazilian Environmental Justice Network and the Atlantic Forest NGOs Network (RMA), having taken over the national coordination of the latter between 2000 and 2003. Besides remaining in these collectives, he also participates in the Energy working group of FBOMS, the Brazil Network of Multilateral Financial Institutions, “Mangue Mar” Mangrove Network and SOS Abrolhos Coalition, among others.

Adriana Ramos – Instituto Socio Ambiental Adjunct Coord

Born in Rio de Janeiro, she has a degree in Social Communication. She lived in Manaus between 1991 and 1994 where she initiate her career in the non-profit sector. She is now based at ISA’s Brasilia office, where she has played significant roles as public policy advisor and coordinator of forest protection programs such as the Amazon initiative and continues to be an important reference in the country and abroad on the sustainability field.

Almos Makray – Entrepreneur and Manager at Oikos Institute Brazil

Team leader at the Instituto Oikos de Agroecologia and at certified organic food businesses.

Rubens Harry Born – Climate Change and Civil Society Expert

A Civil Engineer specialized in Environmental Engineering, he has a master’s degree in Public Health (water and sewage reuse management) and a doctorate in environmental and public health (international environmental regimes). Rubens has also a law degree.  He is a member of CPDS – Sustainable Development Policy Committee and Brazilian Agenda 21 of the FBMC (Brazilian Climate Change Forum).  He coordinates the FBOMS Climate Change Working Group (GT Clima). He has more than 30 years of experience in activities concerning conservation and sustainable use of the environment, as well as training of human resources. He has extensive experience as lecturer, trainer in Brazil and abroad on diverse themes regarding sustainable development policies and the third sector. He is a founding member and advisor to several non-profit organizations and national and international networks.

Mércia Consolação Silva – Executive Coord. of InPACTO

Mércia has a degree in Sociology from the University of São Paulo-USP, where she also obtained her Masters degree in Political Science.  She is the Executive Coordinator of InPACTO – Institute for the National Pact of Slave Labor Eradication.  Prior to that, she worked at the Ethos Institute coordinating the working group that promoted adequate practices for the pig iron industry, stimulating the adoption of sustainable charcoal.  During this period she coordinated the creation of InPACTO.  Mércia is part of the technical team of H&P in the implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility programs.  She is on the Board of Directors of IBEAC – Brazilian Institute of Community Studies and Support, and of the program “Messages for Freedom” of the Entrepreneurship Alliance. In 2006-07, she spent 18 months as a Fulbright professional exchange fellow invited by the USA Department of State.

Carlos Rittl – Executive Secretary of the Climate Observatory

Carlos Rittl is the Executive Secretary of the Climate Observatory, a Brazilian network formed by NGOs and Social Movements that work on Climate change issues.  Carlos has a degree in Public Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation School of Business Administration (EAESP-FGV), and a Masters and Doctorate in Tropical Biology and Natural Resources from the National Institute for Amazonia Research (INPA).  He has worked for over 20 years in the environmental agenda and for 11 years focused on climate change issues; having, during his career, led climate change and energy work for organizations like Greenpeace and WWF Brazil.

Miriam Prochnow – Executive Secretary of Forest Dialogues

Miriam Prochnow has over 25 years experience in coordinating civil society organizations, executing projects of conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, campaigns, institutional development and the production of didactic materials and publications.  She has worked with NGOs, networks and the Federal Government.  During this period she participated, led and organized seminars, presentations, trainings and field activities on capacity building and environmental education, including themes such as: environmental legislation, environmental planning of rural properties, production of native seedlings, restoration of degraded riparian forests, preservation areas and legal reserves, climate change, and Atlantic Forest conservation as a whole.