Cassia Moraes

Cassia has expertise in sustainable development and international cooperation, and holds a MPA in Development Practice degree from Columbia University. Currently, she works at the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, a multi-stakeholder organization that advises the country’s government. Cassia has also worked at CIVICUS, the Brazilian Mission to the UN, the UNDP, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), where she facilitated the “2014 Amazon Summer School” and assisted Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ course “The Age of Sustainable Development”. 

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Founder and CEO

Evelyn Araripe

Evelyn Araripe is the Executive Director of Plant-for-the-Planet Brazil, managing the organization and coordinating its partnerships and fundraising. She is a journalist with post-graduate degree in environmental education and a Master's student at the Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCAR), where she researches how to engage children and young people on climate change. Evelyn is also German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders fellow.

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Fernanda Matsuoka

Fernanda has a degree from the Hotel Management School and holds a MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). She works at the travel industry since 2005 and wants to share her passion for traveling with the world. Throughout her career, Fernanda had the opportunity to experience different hotels and visit more than 40 countries. Before joining YCL, she has worked as Sales Manager of De L’Europe Amsterdam and high-end travel agencies.

Logistics Director

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav is an independent consultant and policy analyst. His is expert in knowledge management, programme management and writing strategic policy papers. Gaurav is an engineer with Master's in International and European Security from Geneva, and post graduate diploma in Humanitarian, Human Rights and Refugee laws. He is also German Chancellor Fellow for Tomorrow’s leaders and Crans Montana New Leader for Future. Currently, he is the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Young Ambassador for India. He loves travelling and bringing ideas to life. 

Field Manager

Vitor Alves

Vitor holds a Master’s in International Relations (Amazon Human Development and Quality of Life) and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and International Relations. He has both executive and research experience in sustainable buildings, working for years as CEO of DK Construtora, and vast knowledge about investments and finance. His research interests are focused on socio-environmental issues, sustainable development and intelligent use of Machine Learning / Data Science toward sustainable problems solving.

Partnerships Manager

Rafael Marengoni

Rafael Marengoni is an Architect and Urbanist, and currently a Master's Candidate at Harvard's Urban Design program, a Lemann Fellow at Harvard University and a Bloomberg Harvard Fellow in the Mayor's Office of Richmond, VA. His interests and expertises range across urban design strategies, sustainable development and infrastructure, with a focus on cities and urbanization. He previously worked on urban design projects in Sao Paulo and was a member of the 2018 Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Bienalle, investigating urbanization patterns and spatial divisions in Brazil ("Walls of Air").

Academic Coordinator - YCL 2019 Immersion

Rodrigo Ponzio

Reverte's co-founder, Rodrigo has more than 20 years of experience in marketing in large agencies and as a consultant. Illustrator, art director and creation director, he is always looking for the best ways to support good causes with his communication skills, using new models to achieve different results.


Flávia Gasciarino

Co-founder of Lamate Consulting in Digital Marketing, which strategically supports entrepreneurs, companies and foundations that act with positive social-environmental impact. She is an advertising professional and post-graduate degree in Marketing. Has experience in the digital marketing and communications market for more than 10 years, leading digital projects at big agencies, communication content plataforms and companies.
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