Councillor Biographies

Thais Corral, Co-founder, Women's Environment and Development Organization

As part of the Women’s Global Movement, Thais Corral was one of the leaders who actively participated at the Earth Summit in 1992. Together with American Congress representative, Bella Abzug and Nobel Award winner, Wangari Mathaai, she founded WEDO (Women's Environment and Development Organization). Thais is the founder and current director of two established and nationally recognized non-profit organizations in Brasil: Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (REDEH) and Communication, Education and Information on Gender (CEMINA). She is also Founder of Sinal do Vale, a platform that educates youth on embracing social entrepreneurial projects and helps identify opportunities that articulate synchronicity, innovation and well being. As a social entrepreneur, Thais conceived and implemented a woman's radio network which links 400 female radio programs to their communities throughout Brazil. She is the co-chair of the Global Leadership Network and the Chair of LEAD-Brasil. Thais was recognized as "Woman of the year 2001" by the Brazilian National Council of Women. Thais holds a master degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She serves on the advisory board of Ethical Market Place, Mercado Etico and the Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption. 

Today, she coordinates the Adapta Sertão Project which received a SEED Award in 2008 for its innovative contribution in sustainable development. Adapta Sertao is internationally referenced as a valuable model in creating adaptive strategies to climate change conditions in semi-arid regions of the world. Recently she founded the Center for Innovation and Sustainability Vista Alegre, that focuses on strategies to build resilient communities in peri-urban settings.



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