A biologist with a PhD in Ecology from the University of Harvard (USA), Dr. Moreira is an expert in environment and sustainable development, with over 20 year experience in natural resources management, rural development and climate change and Latin America and Africa. She has also been nominated as the Global Leader for Biodiversity.
She has served as professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB) and researcher at The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in the United States. Author and co-author of four books and dozens of scientific publications, she was a founder and the first president of the Institute for Amazonian Research (IPAM).
Dr. Moreira acts as board member in advisory boards of national and international private foundations. She is a founder and board member of the Brazilian Women Leaders Network for Sustainability, which involves leaders from private sector, government and civil society. She has received the Chico Mendes Florestania Prize and the Pirelli International Award for her work on conservation and sustainable development of the Brazilian Amazon.
At the World Bank, Dr. Moreira leads a series of large projects in Latin America, focusing on Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Her work with the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA) received the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s inaugural "Development Impact Honors" award.