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We are a Global Network and our model offers a comprehensive solution to catalyze climate careers and actions, training and facilitates connections between climate practitioners, experts, and young leaders to foster professional development opportunities and climate job placements around the world.

IMPACT GOAL (2030):
EMPOWER 1M YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD CLIMATE PROJECTS
AS PART OF A GLOBAL NETWORK

YCL TEAM

CASSIA MORAES

Founder and CEO

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Cassia has experience working on sustainable development and international cooperation in the public, private and third sectors. Previously, she served as Deputy Executive Coordinator at the Brazilian Climate Change Forum and worked as a consultant at CIVICUS, UNDP and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Cassia holds an MPA degree in Development Practice from Columbia University.

EVELYN ARARIPE

CFO

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Evelyn Araripe is Executive Director of Plant-for-the-Planet Brazil, managing the organization and coordinating its partnerships and fundraising. She is a journalist, postgraduate in environmental education and a master's student at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR), where she researches how to involve children and youth in climate change. Evelyn is also a German Chancellor fellow for the position of Leader of tomorrow. 

FERNANDA MATSUOKA

COO & Co-founder

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Fernanda holds a degree from the Hotel Business School and an MBA from the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). A travel and hospitality enthusiast since 2005, she has been working and living both these industries for 14 years. On the personal side, she is also an urban mobility activist. This led to her becoming co-founder of YCL and now is her passion and desire. She also adopts a low-waste lifestyle, adopting a bicycle and public transport, banning disposable plastics and a vegetarian diet.

FLAVIA BELLAGUARDA

Co-founder & Ambassador

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Climate Change officer at ICLEI South America, Lawyer specialized in Human Rights. Holds a Master Degree in International Development - Sustainability, Politics and Environment at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, with a thesis in Climate Justice. Also, holds a specialization in sustainability at Schumacher College. Co-founder of Youth Climate Leaders, Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum and member of the Political and Sustainable Actions Network (RAPS).

STEVEN CARLSON

Strategic Partnerships

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Steven holds an MBA from the University of São Paulo (USP) and was a member of the founding team of one of Brazil's most successful international education startups (Campusb). As an experienced communicator, he has a proven track record of successfully engaging and managing multiple stakeholders to promote the capacity and longevity of projects and organizations.

RODRIGO PONZIO

Communications

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Reverte co-founder, Rodrigo has over 20 years of marketing experience at major agencies and as a consultant. Illustrator, art director and creative director, he is always looking for the best ways to support good causes with his communication skills, using new models to achieve different results.

GAURAV SHARMA

Field Manager - India

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Gaurav is an independent consultant and policy analyst. He specializes in knowledge management, program management and strategic policy document writing. Gaurav is an engineer with a master's degree in International and European Security in Geneva and a postgraduate degree in humanitarian law, human rights and refugees. He is also a German Fellow for Tomorrow's Leaders and Crans Montana's new Future Leader. He is currently the young ambassador of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in India. He loves to travel and bring ideas to life.

ERICA LIBERATO

Cordinator - Portugal

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Erica is a specialist in Sustainability Management and Corporate Responsibility at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Currently enrolled in the Master's Program in Development Cooperation at the University of Granada, Spain. Erica has relevant experience as a management and strategy consultant, focusing on sustainability. Currently, Erica is a social entrepreneur at "Campinas Collaborative Base. In addition, she is a volunteer as a mentor to mothers and student students in vulnerable situations.

EDOARDO TRUCULENTO

Cordinator - Italy

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Edoardo works as a marketing and sales consultant and defines himself as a hybrid professional. He has analysis skills and creative skills; This comes from his academic studies, but also from his personal development research as self-taught. This led him to trade in the financial markets and to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Currently working with “Humans to Humans” to develop projects focused on sustainability. Its goal is to become Italy's first corporate activism company.