Board of Trustees and Audit Committee

The legal name of Conectas Human Rights is Associação Direitos Humanos em Rede (Human Rights Network Association). Its Board of Trustees and Audit Committee have the following composition:

Board of Trustees

Margarida Bulhões Pedreira Genevois, president of the Board of Trustees of Conectas, graduated in Social Sciences from the São Paulo School of Sociology and Politics. She has served as president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of São Paulo and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of University of São Paulo (USP). She was also a member of the National Council on Women’s Rights and one of the founders of the Brazil Human Rights Fund. In 2008, she received the title of “São Paulo Citizen” for the representativeness of her work in human rights.
Ana Lucia Villela graduated in Pedagogy and has a Master’s in Psychology of Education from PUC/SP. She serves on the board of a number of third sector organizations, such as Conectas Human Rights, Itaú Cultural and the Brincante Institute. She founded and presides over the Alana Institute, a non-profit organization that develops activities with the mission to “Honor the Child”. She is a member of the Ashoka network of social entrepreneurs, winning the Young Social Entrepreneur award in 2010.
Anamaria Schindler* is a member of the leadership of Ashoka, an international organization with a focus on social entrepreneurship and social change. She was Global Co-President of Ashoka from 2005 to 2008 and is currently responsible for the organization’s strategy in Latin America. She founded and directed the Arapyaú Institute, in Brazil, from 2008 to 2011, and worked exclusively with human rights between 1986 and 1995 at the Center for the Study of Violence of the University of São Paulo, and also as a columnist for the Valor Econômico newspaper from 2000 to 2005. Schindler is a sociologist, with a Master’s and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of São Paulo, and she serves on the boards of a number of civil society organizations in Brazil and Latin America.

Andre Raichelis Degenszajn* has been the Secretary-General of GIFE since March 2013. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in International Relations from the Catholic University of São Paulo and has been a researcher at Nu-Sol/PUC-SP since 2001. He was professor of international relations at Santa Marcelina University between 2007 and 2011. He has worked in civil society organizations since 2001, and was the founder and currently serves on the steering committee of Conectas Human Rights.

Darci Frigo, a lawyer, is Executive Coordinator of the human rights organization Terra de Direitos and also President of the Board of the Brazil Human Rights Fund. In 2001, his work providing legal aid to rural social movements earned him the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, in Washington. Frigo has been a human rights activist for more than 25 years, specializing in agrarian issues, and has worked with the Pastoral da Terra Commission, the National Network of Lawyers and Grassroots Lawyers and a number of rural social movements.

Fabio Caruso Cury holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Law School of the Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC/SP (1997), majoring in Common Rights, and was licensed to practice law by the São Paulo chapter of the Brazilian Bar Association in 1999. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, of New York University – NYU (2000/2002).


Flavia Regina de Souza is a lawyer who graduated from the University of São Paulo Law School and specialized in Tax Law at the Catholic University of São Paulo. She is a partner at the Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados law firm, responsible for its Third Sector Law Department. She has published articles and presented papers on the third sector and pro bono lawyering at national and international conferences, and is a member of the Third Sector Law Commission of the OAB/SP. Souza teaches the “Legal Aspects of the Third Sector” module of the “Management Principles for Third Sector Organizations” course of PEC/FGV – Continued Education Program of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, and is the coordinator and professor of the “Law for the Third Sector” course of GVLaw – Continued Education Program of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Law School.


Malak El-Chichini Poppovic is an independent consultant and was executive director of Conectas Human Rights from 2005 to 2011. Before this, she worked as an advisor for the Peace, Security and Human Rights portfolio of the United Nations Foundation and for the Solidarity Community Partnership Program against Poverty and Social Exclusion, in Brasília, and as a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Violence of the University of São Paulo. She has worked for the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in various countries (1975-1988). She holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Cairo.


Marcelo Furtado, executive director of Instituto Arapyau, is a chemical engineer specializing in business administration who holds a Master’s in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. He has worked in the chemical industry as a project development consultant and been a member of the Yale World Fellow since 2011. He has worked for Greenpeace for 22 years, coordinating the international campaign against toxic waste, as well as other projects in the field of industrial pollution. He has served on the coordination team for the topic of corporate responsibility and has coordinated campaigns in the areas of climate, energy, forests, oceans and genetically modified organisms. Marcelo has been executive-director of Greenpeace in Brazil.


Oscar Vilhena Vieira is director of the São Paulo Law School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (DIREITO GV), where he is a professor of constitutional law. He holds a graduate degree in Law from PUC-SP (1988), a Master of Laws from the University of Columbia (1995), a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (1998) and a Post Doctorate from the Centre for Brazilian Studies (St. Antony’s College, Oxford University). He has served as Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights and of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime – Brazil, in addition to São Paulo State Attorney General.

Sandra Carvalho is a lawyer and a sociologist. She has served on the Teotônio Vilela Human Rights Commission (CTV) and was co-founder and assistant director of the non-governmental organization Justiça Global. She was the first Brazilian woman to receive the Annual Human Rights Award from the New York based organization Human Rights First (HRF).

Theodomiro Dias Neto holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Law School of the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP), a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Wisconsin (United States) and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Saarland (Germany). He works as a professor at DIREITO GV and a criminal lawyer in São Paulo.


Audit Committe 


Eleno Gonçalves Jr. graduated in Business Administration from EAESP/FGV and specialized in Management of Social Projects from UFRJ. He has worked for 14 years as an administrator at organizations such as Grupo Pão de Açúcar, MAM-SP and Cidade Escola Aprendiz, both in the administrative and financial fields, and in the areas of people management, planning, projects and quality. From 2007 to 2011, he was institutional manager at GIFE. He coordinated the 1st edition of the “Guide to Best Governance Practices for Business Institutes and Foundations” (IBGC and GIFE, 2009) and helped draft the “Investment Management Code of Conduct for Endowments, Foundations, and Charitable Organizations” (CFA Institute, 2010). He is currently assistant superintendent of operations at IBGC – Brazilian Corporate Governance Institute.


Emilio Martos graduated in Administration and Law, with an MBA in Management of Information Technology. He has worked in a family business for 11 years, in the City Hall of Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul State) for eight years and in the last 16 years in the management of third sector organizations, such as: ACMD (Associação Comunidade de Dãos Hands), Ethos Institute and IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance), where his last position was Superintendent of Relations and Operations. He is currently an independent consultant and attends the EcoSocial Institute coaching program. He was a leading partner at Avina Foundation and coordinator of one of the winning projects for the Ashoka - McKinsey innovative resource mobilization contest.