Brazil

With Instituto Promundo’s inception in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1997, Promundo's staff began a legacy of work within the country. The organization's first headquarters is internationally recognized for developing research, methodologies, community interventions, and advocacy in Brazil and Latin America – and in Portuguese-speaking countries around the world – that are evaluated and disseminated globally. The Brazil team is a separately registered NGO (Instituto Promundo), and a member of the Promundo Global Consortium.

Leadership

Miguel Fontes

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

Miguel Fontes has experience in the development of corporate social responsibility programs, and the preparation of analyses of public and economic policy to advise non-governmental and social organizations in strategic management. He also has experience in Social Impact Assessment (AIS), data collection, research design and project evaluation, and social mobilization, and has worked on projects with children and adolescents who are orphaned or left to fend for themselves because of AIDS. Miguel’s field of expertise lies in developing sustainability strategies in both Latin America and the United States. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Brasilia, has a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Doctoral Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Sandra Vale

Associate Consultant, Management and Institutional Development

Sandra Vale is an Associate Consultant at Promundo, where she is responsible for the management and institutional development of Instituto Promundo. She has over 15 years of experience in the management, coordination and production of projects, programs, events, and campaigns for NGOs. In the last five years, she served as the executive producer for the program "The Color of Culture" at Canal Futura. She produced the documentary "Triangle" with Tás a Ver, and was the curator and art director of the exhibition "The Place of the Other," by photographer Walter Firmo. Sandra previously served as the coordinator for the Rights Desk project on legal services and the mediation of conflicts in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro, and coordinated the Civil Volunteer Service, a civic education project for young people, both of which were developed by NGO Viva Rio. Sandra was also the financial director of ISER and provided financial management for public security at Viva Rio. Sandra is a lawyer and has a Master’s degree in History, Politics, and Cultural Assets from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation.

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Programs

Luciano Ramos

Associate Consultant, Programs

Luciano Ramos is an Associate Consultant at Promundo. With experience in education around gender and sexuality, including the masculinities approach, he has been coordinating projects at Promundo related to these issues since 2018. Luciano's advocacy experience includes serving as a Counselor for the Rights of the Child and Adolescent in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, and for the National Movement Family and Community Pro-Coexistence of Children and Adolescents. Luciano also holds experience in the management of community development programs, having previously coordinated projects for Terre des Hommes. In recent years, Luciano facilitates strategic organizational planning, as well as courses and workshops for social professionals. He graduated as a historian and holds a specialization in Public Policy for Children from the Latin American Center at Harvard University.

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Norma Sá

Associate Consultant, Programs

Norma Sá is an Associate Consultant at Promundo, where she is responsible for project development. Between 2014 and 2018, Norma Sá served as Project Coordinator at Promundo, working on projects around addressing violence and sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, transformative approaches on gender norms, and violence prevention using sports as a tool to mobilize children, adolescents, and young people. Previously, she served as a counselor for the Child and Adolescent Rights and Social Assistance Counseling, and participated in various networks with the Children and Adolescents Rights Guarantee System in Brazil. At the Federation of Charitable Institutions, she worked on the elaboration and management of education and professional qualification projects for women. At the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, she worked on staff selection technique. Norma holds a degree in Psychology from Gama Filho University, a specialist degree in Social Responsibility, and a degree in Management of Social Projects from Veiga de Almeida University. She is certified for the development of women's leaders by the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and is currently a master's student in Gender Studies and Psychosocial Intervention at the Central University of Chile.

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Research

Caroline Ignacio

Associate Consultant, Research and Monitoring

Caroline Ignacio is an Associate Consultant at Promundo, where her experience centers on formative research and evaluating the effectiveness and impact of programs. She is currently engaged in research in Brazil, and is internationally focused on promoting participatory processes around youth, non-violent conflict resolution skills, and eliminating rigid, harmful gender norms. She holds a BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University and has a PhD from the Tropical Medicine Program at Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz), where her research focused on incorporating the social determinants of health into people-centered primary healthcare services in high-conflict urban communities in Rio de Janeiro.

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Rodrigo Laro

Associate Consultant, Research and Monitoring

Rodrigo Laro is an Associate Consultant at Promundo where he carries out projects on topics related to gender equality, promotion of health and human development of children, and vulnerable adolescents and youth. He is a candidate for a PhD in Collective Health at the Health Department of the University of Brasília (UnB) with the theme: Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of a National Program to Promote the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth. He holds a Master in Social Management and Labor from UnB, specializing in applied statistics, social marketing, and social mobilization. He also holds a degree in Social Communications. Rodrigo has 16 years of experience in conducting research and evaluating programs and policies with development agencies, companies, governments, and the voluntary sector.

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Communications

Thiago I. Masuda

Associate Consultant, Communications

Thiago I. Masuda holds a bachelor's degree in Social Communication - Advertising from the Catholic University of Brasilia and a certificate in Digital Marketing from the Brasilia Marketing School. Thiago worked as co-owner of the Group365, a group of three companies (Space 365 Co-working, Top Trophies trophy retail company and 365.be advertising agency). He is currently co-owner of the Advertising Agency Trade San and has experience in strategic management consulting in marketing at JohnSnow Brazil consulting. He holds experience in management at Talq Agency Technology and Communication, in marketing in the network of Natural Products Shizen, in the Purchasing Department of the Dell Anno Brasilia unit, and in the direction of the FAC Project (Fund for Support to Culture).

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