I’m a countryside man with a love for all things rural, so it’s only natural that I became an agronomist with a masters on rural development. From my early youth I have been deeply committed to social justice, with very strong involvement with the high school and university student movements, when we took part on the struggles for democracy in Brazil and also on advancing human rights and fighting poverty, exclusion and inequality. I was proudly involved on supporting and taking part of the creation of a vibrant civil society on the post-dictatorship period and the initial building upof the Worker’s Party, although for 15 years now I do not hold any political party position or affiliation.
I also had been very committed to advancing food security, labour rights and land reform, throughout my career as a rural development worker at a local NGO REDE Minas, as international relations coordinator for the National Confederation of Rural Workers (CONTAG), as political advisor for the Central of Labor Unions (CUT) and Chief of Cabinet for Federal Congressman Valdir Ganzer (PT/PA).
In my sixteen years with ActionAid, I’ve had the opportunity to coordinate our fight against poverty in the Americas and in Africa, as well as supervise our emergency response to disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti. I have also the priviledge to lead ActionAid Brazil on its efforts to increase the work to fight poverty and also to deepen its pioneering initiative of fundraising from the Brazilian public.
I have now the privilege of leading ActionAid Federation’s talented staff in our efforts to eradicate – together with our partners and society as a whole – hunger and social injustice accross the many countries where we work.