Meet the PNI team


Dr. Marcelo De Andrade - Chairman, CEO & Founder

Marcelo has more than 30 years of experience working in the area of socioeconomic development and implementation of sustainable corporate, governmental and non-governmental projects.

He is a medical doctor, former Brazilian olympic rowing athlete and expeditionary. During his expeditions, he had his first direct contact with environmental problems caused by non-sustainable development. It was through these experience that he developed the model for Pro Natura as an institution that combined economic growth with human development and quality of life.

In 1985, he founded Pro Natura in Brazil and, in 1992 in partnership with Guy Reinaud, they expanded the institution's activities globally across the United States, Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. His contributions to the field of socioeconomic development were highlighted in the book The True Visionaries of Our Times, by German journalist Martin Haeusler. Marcelo is also co-founder and partner of Earth Capital Partners, one of the world's largest environmentally-focused investment funds, and served for several years as a member of BHP Billiton Forum for Corporate Responsibility, DuPont’s Worldwide Biotech Panel, Procter & Gamble's Sustainability Council, etc.

Guy Reinaud - Chairman Emeritus

Guy was Executive Director of CENTI Software from 1966 to 1973 and Global Executive Director of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) between 1973 and 1992. Guy is known as one of the main promoters of Conservation and Agriculture of our time.

He is currently on the Board of several international institutions such as Vigeo, IBI (International Biochar Initiative), IUCN France, Eco-Carbone, European Foundation for Sustainable Territories, JTS and Fonds Français pour la Nature et l'Environnement.

Brando Crespi- Vice Chairman

As the Paris-based co-founder and chief strategist of Pro Natura International, Brando has, over the last 30 years, designed, funded and implemented numerous sustainable development projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Over the past 15 years he has focused on agro ecological projects in 15 African countries primarily using biochar to fight climate change while strengthening food security. He is an active angel investor in a number of “clean and green” tech companies and sits on a number of international corporate boards.

Fabiane Turisco - Executive Director

Before becoming the Executive Director at Pro Natura Brasil, Fabiane was Partner Director responsible for the branch of Rio de Janeiro at Martinelli Advocacia Empresarial, one of the leading law firms of Brasil. From 2005 to 2016, Fabiane served as Vice-Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility at Amcham (American Chamber of Commerce), Member of the Board of Bola Pra Frente Institute, and of the Brazilian Committee Studies on Systemic Indicator GNH (Gross National Happiness).

Fabiane graduated from São Bernardo do Campo Law School and received her graduate degree in Contractual Law from PUC-SP; MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas; and Masters Degree in Management Systems, with an emphasis on Social Corporate Responsibility from Fluminense Federal University. PhD in Communication for Development (on going) from Universidade Lusófona do Porto – Porto, Portugal.

Fabiano Machado - Chief Financial Officer

Fabiano is a Brazilian economist with more than 10 years of experience in financial planning and analysis, feasibility study, financial instruments and structuring new business for the private equity and venture capital industry. After spending years in investment banking and working with fund managers to structure financial products, he opted to apply his acquired knowledge to new economic models related to sustainability and social businesses. He initially joined Pro Natura in 2016 to support the strutting and design of its Shared Value Platform and today serves as its Chief Financial Officer. Fabiano holds an economics degree from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero and a master degree in neurolinguistic programming.

Juliana Rolla De Leo - Director of the Pro Natura Agency of Minas Gerais

Graduated in Business Administration with a degree in Foreign Trade, MBA in Strategic Management in Corporate Finance, PhD student in Environmental Engineering from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, specializing in business modeling, management and internationalization/nationalization, sustainability and innovation. She consolidated her career in the international market with a wide experience abroad.

Since 2004, she has been working on issues related to climate change and sustainability in Brazil and abroad, having started from internationalization and environmental projects.

She is the founder of Eco-Business Solutions, Director of Products and Markets at UBQ (Brazilian Union for Quality), Administrative and Financial Director of FEAMIG, and a teacher in FEAMIG's undergraduate and graduate courses.

She has an international background in Professional and Executive coaching from SLAC (Latin American Coaching Society) and international certification - DISC Analyst (behavior), and Skills Analyst (Assess).


Catherine Barré

Executive Board ‎Member 

Bill Knight 

Founder, Pro Natura Nigeria 

Natarajan Iswaran 

Strategic Councelor 

Olivier Pascal

Director of Science Expeditions Program‎ 

Wilfrid Pineau 

Project Manager

Mohamed Bouchent Ouf

Project Manager

Betinha Ribeiro

Project Manager,


Nicia Cardoso 

Executive Secretary

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