Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

Executive Director, Igarapé Institute

Bachelor’s in International Relations; Specialist degree in International Development, Oslo University; Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Uppsala, Sweden; leadership executive course, Kennedy School, Harvard University and Said Business School, Oxford University; management course on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm. Extensive experience leading global networks. Formerly: coordinated Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, responsible for helping shape global strategy with former presidents, supreme court justices, business and world leaders; 2011-16, Executive Coordinator, Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs and public intellectuals. Currently, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Igarapé Institute; founded in 2011, the Institute has generated pioneering research, new technologies and policy on security, justice and development. It is today ranked as one of the leading think tanks in the Global South and works with governments, the private sector and civil society to co-design data-driven solutions to complex challenges. Member: Board, Drug Policy Alliance; Public Security Board, Rio de Janeiro State Industry Federation. Mentor, Columbia Women's leadership network, Brazil. Young Global Leader and Member of its Advisory Board, World Economic Forum; Responsible Leader, BMW Foundation. Co-Founder, the AGORA movement. Columnist at Folha de São Paulo, commentator at CBN Radio and contributor to news outlets. Author of two books.

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