Convergence for Innovative Energy Solutions

Meet Our Advisory Board

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

is the Senior Vice-President, Research Networks, at Elsevier and professor emeritus for the Physics Institute, State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. While at Unicamp, he was the Vice-President for Research, and  then served as President of the university. He has served as President of the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, and as its Science Director.  He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and the State of São Paulo (Brazil) Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Physical Society (APS). He has received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques  (France), the Order of the Scientific Merit (Brazil) and the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Vanessa Boanada Fuchs

studies human-environment relations focusing on laws and policies in action, their impacts on the environment and the livelihoods of people, and the capacity of human groups to adapt to transformations, especially in the Amazon. Vanessa is an assistant professor of International Development and Sustainability at the School of Economics and Political Sciences of the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. She also serves as a board member at the Swiss Society of Americanists and directs the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America with offices in São Paulo (Brazil) and Medellín (Colombia).

Paulo Artaxo

is a professor of Physics at the University of São Paulo and has conducted Amazonian research for the last 35 years. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, The São Paulo Academy of Sciences, and at TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the IPCC and was a lead author at the last 4 IPCC Assessment Reports. He coordinates the FAPESP Global Change Program. 

Maria Carmen Lemos

is a professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and Co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building) and the co-creation of actionable knowledge to solve sustainability problems. She has an MSc. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.

Traci Romine 

handles grantmaking in the areas of international development finance and increasing access to clean energy in developing countries for the Mott Foundation. She also manages Mott’s environmental work in South America from Brazil, where she works on strategies to protect the region — including the Amazon rainforest and traditional communities — from large dams and other unsustainable energy and infrastructure projects. Romine joined Mott in 2012, after working with Greenpeace, the Audubon Society, Oil Change International and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011,  she received a national Audubon Society award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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