Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

President, Igarape Institute

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur and thought leader. She is the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – a global think and do tank focused on physical, digital and climate security, working at the intersection of research, new technologies, communications and public policy. The Institute works with governments, the private sector and civil society to co-design partnerships and solutions to complex challenges, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement targets. Igarapé was ranked the number one social policy think tank in the world by Prospect in 2019 and has received several awards. Ilona was nominated a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015 and in 2020 as one of the world's top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine. She serves on several boards, including the UNSG High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism. Ilona is a columnist at Folha de São Paulo, a podcast and TV anchor and commentator, a TED speaker and an author of 3 books. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden. She is an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab, and was a public policy fellow at Columbia University in NY. She has extensive experience leading global networks. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the Executive-Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs, and public intellectuals, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Richard Branson, and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was also the co-founder of the AGORA civic movement that aims to shape and help implement a new vision and public policy agenda in Brazil. In the mid-2000s she coordinated a national campaign on responsible gun control in Brazil and previously she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro.

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