LIFE Institute

Statues and Governance

LIFE Institute is built upon the following main bodies, in accordance with its Statues:

• General Assembly
• Board of Directors
• Fiscal Board
• Executive Secretariat
• Technical and Scientific Committees

All the above mentioned bodies have members of the Academia, Business Sector and Civil Society in a three-fold governance.

LIFE Institute activities follow ethical principles as well as an inclusive policity founded in absolute transparency.

General Assembly

LIFE Institute is founded on a participatory governance model and the General Assembly is the highest authority, that is in charge of the decisions of LIFE Certification, taking into account the roles of the Board of Directors and the Fiscal Board.

The General Assembly’s meetings are scheduled by LIFE Institute’s Executive Secretariat, according to LIFE Institute’s development and overall operations of the entity.

Board of Directors

The main attributions of the Board of Directors as stated on LIFE Institute’s Statues, include define policies that rule all activities of LIFE Institute, approval of LIFE Certification Standards and Methodologys presented by the Technical and Scientific Committee, observe the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the approval of new associates, among others.

Meet LIFE Board of Directors members:

Miguel Milano – President

Forest Engineer, with a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Forestry Sciences. He is currently the Director of LIFE Institute Board and Director of Permian Global to Brazil and Director of Milano Consulting and Planning. Besides, he integrates Novelis Sustainability Council. He is as well as Board Member of FUNBIO – Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity, Forest Trends, O Eco, among other organizations. Milano was a professor at Federal University of Paraná for over twenty five years and a regular Visiting Professor at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, USA), and was the Corporate Executive Director for Social Responsibility of Boticario Group during his thirty years career dedicated to nature conservation and sustainability.

Clóvis Borges – Vice President

Veterinarian Doctor with a M.Sc. in Mastozoology. He is a founding member of LIFE Institute and current Executive Director of the Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education (SPVS), a Brazilian NGO. Mr. Borges is a fellow of the Ashoka Foundation and of the Fundación AVINA and, since 1982, he has been participating of various initiatives for the conservation and preservation of the flora and fauna in Brazil. He has been honored with various awards in recognition for his work and his leadership role in SPVS projects.

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias

Graduated in Biological Sciences from University of Brasilia (1975), and PhD in Zoology from University of Edinburgh (1981). He is currently an UN ASG and Executive Secretary of CBD of the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Adjunct Professor 4; TP of the University of Brasilia. He has experience in Ecology, with emphasis in Applied Ecology.

Flavio Marques Goulart

Graduated in Agronomy from the Federal University of Pernambuco, MBA from the School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM-RJ). He is currently the Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications for JTI – Japan Tobacco International.

Giem Raduy Guimarães

Masters in Business Administration by Positivo University and post-graduate in Marketing by University of California – Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business. Giem Guimarães is the CEO of Posigraf, printing arm of Positivo group – one of the largest in its sector both in Brazil and Latin America, as well as one of the idealizators of LIFE Institute. Giem also acted as commercial director of Positivo Editing company between 2001 and 2005 and presided ABIGRAF (Brazilian Association of the Graphic Industry) during 3 years. In Paraná is leader in promoting the protection of the Brazilian Pine Tree forest (Araucarias) and his concern with conservation of natural resources is paramount in his business leadership.

Maria de Lourdes Nunes

Graduated in Forest Engineering, specialized in protected areas management and holds a Masters in Nature Conservation and Forestry Science. Malu is currently the Boticario Group Foundation for Nature Protection Executive Director and Boticario Group Sustainability Manager. Malu has been engaged for a number of years in themes related to nature conservation, social private investment, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Is an acting member of the Board in a few organizations, such as the Voluntary Action Center in Curitiba, O Eco Association and SAVE Brazil). Malu is one of the creators of LIFE Certification.

Newton Kaminski

Agronomist graduated from the Federal University of Paraná. He has taken several specialization and postgraduate courses, including Biodiversity from Smithsonian Institution in the United States (1995) and specialization in Business Management of the Electrical Sector from the University of São Paulo (2000). He is currently the Coordination Director of ITAIPU.

Paulo Monteiro Barbosa Filho

Electric Engineer with an MBA in Management and Strategic Plan. As EBX Group’s New Business Director, he has been responsible for the company’s Strategic Plan on Energy since 2001. With 27 years of experience in the electric energy sector, he was Enersul’s Executive Director, responsible for the Electric Energy Generation Park Strategic Plan, as well as for feasibility studies and negotiations for establishing a gas company in Mato Grosso do Sul. He was also a consultant for the Federation of Industries of Mato Grosso do Sul (FIMS) and the Federation of Heavy Industries in the same state.

Rick Torken

CEO at Banco ABN AMRO since July 2013, and since June 2009 he has served as executive of the organization in Brazil. After working in India and Sudan, Rick joined MeesPierson (now part of ABN AMRO) in 1994 as Trade & Commodity financial account manager. Then, he has held various positions at ING Bank in Amsterdam and São Paulo, as well as in Structured Finance at Marc Rich in London. In 2006 Rick joined as CFO/COO (Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer) at Multigrain S.A. in São Paulo. Then in 2008 he returned to the Netherlands to work as Global Head of Agricultural Commodities in the financial group Fortis, being that in the merger with ABN AMRO he remained in the position, from which he was responsible for the reestablishment of ABN AMRO in Brazil. Rick holds a Master of Public Administration from Rijks Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands (1992) and attended the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA, USA (2011).

Sérgio Bessermann

Economist, Master and PhD in this field of knowledge, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Under family influence, its political orientation manifested itself from an early age, developing alongside the academic education, both marking his life trajectory. By winning the 1987 BNDES Award, he becomes an official of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), where he builds a career. President of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) between 1999 and 2003, a period that marks the continuity of the process of democratization in Brazilian society and a predominance of neoliberal politics in the world, it records significant strategies in the institution, identified in the quality of products offered, greater dissemination of the information produced, application of micro informatics to statistics and changes in research methodology. Also in its administration, the embargo for the dissemination of research, the expansion of environmental studies and geoprocessing and georeferencing technologies began.

Thomas Lovejoy

Renowned conservation biologist with over 30 of experience in the field. Mr Lovejoy introduced the term “biological diversity” in the scientific community in the early eighties and worked in the Amazon for several years in many different projects. He currently works as an advisor to major organizations worldwide.

Thomas M. Lewinsohn

Biologist (UFRJ), Master and PhD in Ecology from UNICAMP. Full Professor (retired) of the Dept. of Animal Biology, Inst. Biology, UNICAMP; Professor of the August-Wilhelm Speer (Excellence Initiative); honored as an prominent international collaborator (“TUM Ambassador”) by the Technical University of Munich, Germany (2016). Resident researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy, 2014). Researcher or Visiting Professor at Univ. Bayreuth, Germany (1989); NERC Center for Population Biology, Imperial College, England (1990-1992, 1994, 2001); NCEAS – National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, USA (1998); CSIC – Estación de Doñana, Spain (2002-2006); Univ. Nac. Córdoba, Argentina (2005). He is a scientific advisor to FAPESP, CAPES, CNPq, European Science Foundation and GEF (World Bank) and consultant to the Ministry of the Environment. He works in several areas of Ecology, mainly biodiversity, insect-plant interactions, and community ecology.

Fiscal Board

As set forth in the organization’s by-laws, the Fiscal Council is responsible for LIFE Institute’s Financial Controllership and for providing financial guidance to the Board. Its main functions are: analyzing and issuing opinions on the annual Financial Statement and recommend the hiring of external independent auditing firms.

• Lucas Lautert Dezordi
• Geraldo Bonnevialle Braga Araújo
• Rosenei Novochadlo da Costa
Executive Secretariat
Alice Alexandre –Executive Director

B.S. degree in Mathematics from PUC São Paulo and an MBA from FGV-EAESP. Between 2007 and 2009 she worked as Nokia Corporate Purchasing Director for Latin America, being responsible for developing new processes, for managing and qualifying vendors, forging strategic alliances to support the business, as well as monitoring, planning, spend-and-savings forecast, key performance indicators. Alice also worked for Lucent Technologies as Purchasing Director for Brazil and Latin America, and for Ricoh Industrie in France as Purchasing Manager for ten years. She joined LIFE in 2010 as the Executive Director. She’s responsible for implementing LIFE Certification in Brazil and internationally, and managing LIFE technical team to continuously refine LIFE’s methodology and procedures.