My story

I'm a Fellow at the World Economic Forum's Global Futures council on Agile Governance for the 2020-2021 term. I hold a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE) at The Johns Hopkins University. I use science and technology as catalyst for social change. My aim is to use science for better policies... but my path forward was not always straightforward. 

 

I once accidentally set my lab on fire. Thankfully that was the beginning rather than the end of my STEM career. I learned that science is a tool for discovery and failure is part of that process. In graduate school, DoGEE was  very diverse and interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental issues. My work in Sustainability and Innovation began at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, where I worked with faculty who drafted the Millennium Development Goals' Tasks Force. I was inspired to find ways in which knowledge could be applied to solve some of humanity's complex challenges like poverty, food security, and education.

 

Today, I have 15 years of experience working on Sustainability projects, and my work spans four continents in very diverse projects from rural communities in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to the metropolitan region of São Paulo, Brazil. I'm a Faculty for the Future fellow alumni, which recognizes women for their leadership potential and academic excellence. My project on water sustainability earned me a fellowship in the Global Solutions Program (Google sponsored) at Singularity University

 

I speak internationally about water conflict, emerging tech for sustainable development, and tackling global challenges.

Born in Brazil, raised in Ecuador, trained in the USA, I feel at home just about anywhere. I love to discover new places that - along with their people, food, and culture - challenge my limited experience and world views.

Amateur triathlete. Lifetime yoga student.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

- Marcel Proust

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Awards & recognitions

 
Faculty for the Future
2011-2016
Fellowship to women in science by Schlumberger Foundation.
FFtF supports talented and courageous women from developing countries who are changing the face of STEM in academic institutions, government agencies, and technology companies around the world. These are leaders in their field who are pursuing a PhD in science and technology.
National Science Foundation
2015-2016
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
FAEPEX
2014
International Grant for visiting graduate scholars at UNICAMP.
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Global Solutions Program - Google Sponsored Fellow
2017
The GSP is an immersive experience at the Singularity campus at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley, CA. GSP attracts global change agents and problem-solvers (innovators, policymakers, engineers and scientists, and technologists) from a diversity of backgrounds, geographies, perspectives, and expertise to create moonshot innovations to positively transform the future of humanity.
Food Security Award through Global Water Program
2009-2010
Center For a Livable Future.   
Germany Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders
2011
Water Management Experts.