Rafael holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). He is a professor in the Department of Ecology at the Federal University of Goiás, CNPq level 1A research productivity fellow, member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and executive coordinator of the Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Rafael has a solid background in people and project management and extensive knowledge in fundraising and structuring research and development projects. He has more than ten years of international experience, having developed projects and published works with institutions in dozens of countries. Rafael was the science director at the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS), where he was co-responsible for strategic planning, institutional relations, fundraising, and team management.
He has authored more than 200 scientific publications, including 12 books, and acts as an expert on business and biodiversity for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
At the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), he is the executive director responsible for aligning the organization’s mission and results, institutional relationships and representation, fundraising, and team leadership.
Overlooking vegetation loss outside forests imperils the Brazilian Cerrado and other non-forest biomes
The carbon market: an opportunity to control deforestation caused by agricultural expansion in Brazil
Framework to guide the mitigation of natural disasters through Nature-based Solutions
Impact Report 2022
Executive summary: Mental maps of rural producers on land use change in MATOPIBA
State Plan for the Recovery of Native Vegetation in the State of Pará (PRVN)
IIS launches online platform with priority areas for ecosystems conservation and restoration around the world
Carbon Market for small and medium-sized Brazilian rural properties
Join the discussion panel “Ambitious and synergistic goals for COPs decisions on Climate (COP27) and Biodiversity (COP15)”
IIS contributes to different targets of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Post-2020 GBF)
Putting spatial planning on the map: how high-ambition countries are achieving nature and climate goals
Tech to Track: Harnessing the potential of spatial data & digital technologies to prioritise nature and climate action
Living Planet Report 2022: building a nature-positive society