Executive Director, IPAM Amazônia
Mr. André Guimarães currently serves as the Executive Director of IPAM Amazônia, Woodwell Climate Research Center’s sister organization in Brazil.
Previously he was Vice-President of Development at Conservation International (CI) Americas, where he was responsible for designing the program’s conservation strategy, fundraising, cultivating institutional relationships, and supervising operations in ten Latin American countries. Among his professional accomplishments, Mr. Guimarães counts being a member of the group that created Imazon, a prominent think tank in the Brazilian Amazon. He also designed and operated the Clean Tech Fund, a venture capital fund aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on clean technologies. For over eight years, he created and managed the Bioatlantica Institute, a joint venture between CI and four major Brazilian companies, dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the Atlantic Forest. Mr. Guimarães also founded and managed Brasil Florestas, a company that focused on implementing forest products as environmental services, and worked as the Private Sector Relations Coordinator at the World Bank pilot program to conserve the Brazilian rain forest.
Mr. Guimarães has authored a number of articles, book chapters and other publications, mostly focused on environmental services and the interface between conservation and private sector activities. He holds an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the University of Brasília and a Master’s in agricultural economics from Cornell University. Mr. Guimarães likes to spend time with his family doing outdoor activities.