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Our governance aims at constant improvement based on best practices, assessments and by monitoring results.​

We have two Advisory Boards, the Board of Trustees/Audit Committee, and two Investment and Communications Committees. Both the Boards and Committees have Executive and Advisory functions. All of the sitting members are volunteers.

Board of Trustees

This is the highest instance at Maria Cecilia Foundation, responsible for defining activities that promote welfare for civil society, and for the preservation of the Foundation.

President: Dario Guarita Neto

Graduated in Business Administration from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), Dario worked with strategic consulting and corporate restructuring in Investment Banks, among other areas. He structured and managed the Belgravia Family Office for a period of 8 years. He is currently the founding partner and executive of Amata Corp., member of the Belgravia Steering Committee, director of Arte Despertar, and member of the Board of Trustees at SAVE Brazil and FBN.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Fábio Colletti Barbosa

Became president of ABN Amro Bank in 1996. When Santander acquired Banco Real in 2008 he became President of Santander Brazil. President of Febraban from 2007 to 2011. President of Abril Mídia between 2011 and early 2015. Standing chairman of the governing board of Osesp Foundation. Member of the UN Foundation Council, which supports the UN and promotes international cooperation. Advisory board member at Itaú-Unibanco, Insper, the Endeavor Institute and Ayrton Senna Institute. Nominated Personality of the Year in 2011 by the Brazil-United States Trade Chamber in New York. Received the Champions of the Earth award, granted by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) for his entrepreneurial vision. Fabio holds a degree in Business Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation of São Paulo and an MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Fernando Rossetti Ferreira

Partner at GIP consulting company (Public Interest Management), Fernando graduated in Social Sciences at Unicamp (1987) and completed the Human Rights Advocates Training Program at Columbia University, New York (1997). He was Secretary-General at GIFE from 2004 to 2013 and Chairman of the Board of Directors at WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) from 2008 to 2012. Education reporter at Folha de S. Paulo from 1990 to 1999, where he also served as correspondent in South Africa (1994/95). Published the book "Media and Education: Perspectives for Public Policy", in partnership with UNICEF in 2005. Wrote a weekly column "Nossa Responsa" for Canal Futura from 1999 to 2013. He is currently vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Luis Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves

Graduated in law from São Marcos University in São Paulo; was certified in Governance for Foundations and Business Institutes by IBGC and by the Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development, Harvard. Worked at Manuel Alceu Affonso Ferreira law firm and at Itaú-Unibanco in Capital Market, Private Banking, Asset Management, Itaú Trading and Mesa Proprietária (Fixed Income Trade). Worked at Banco Mercantil de São Paulo - Finasa. Served as advisor for the Souto Vidigal Family Board and also at Pátio 3º Tempo, an entertainment and gastronomy business. At present, Luis is partner and director of UV Gestora de Ativos Ltda., and União Vidigal Participações Ltda. He also sits in the Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee of the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Maria Augusta de Bueno Vidigal Lerro

Graduated in Public Relations from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in 2008 – her dissertation focused on the internal communication system at NGO Gotas de Flor com Amor. Worked from 2009 to 2011 at Escritório AM8 (Ana Maria Carvalho Pinto) as event ceremonial planner, and helped plan 2 events held by Childhood Brazil (Brazilian organization that is part of the World Childhood Foundation). Training courses: Corporate Governance at IBGC (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa) in 2005 and GIFE (Grupo de Instituto Fundações e Empresas) in 2013. She currently works as consulting event planner for social events such as birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Maria Isabel Pacheco Fernandes de Bueno Vidigal

Maria got a Law degree from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation – FAAP and worked for JHSF in international trade. At Vogue Brazil was the head of Vogue Home, Vogue Health, Vogue Beauty, Radar Rio, Radar NY, Nostalgia and Vogue Kids. She also worked at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey and J. Quiroga law firms with corporate law and contracts.                                            

                                            
Advisor: Ricardo Henriques

Executive Superintendent of Unibanco Institute and full professor of economics at the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). Acted as secretary of Continued Education, Literacy and Diversity (SECAD) at the Ministry of Education and as Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development, where he coordinated the design and initial implementation of the "Bolsa Família Program.” Special advisor to the chairman of the National Development Bank (BNDES) and researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA). Was state secretary for social welfare and human rights in Rio de Janeiro and president of the Pereira Passos Municipal Institute of Urbanism, where he developed the UPP Social program. Member of the governing board of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)-UNESCO, and chairman of the education commission of the 34th UNESCO General Conference.                                            

                                            
Acknowledgements:

Maria Cecilia Foundation is profoundly grateful to its advisors and committee members for donating a substantial part of their time¹ and knowledge to help build our trajectory:                                            

Alexandre G. Silva (2008 - 2015)                                             
Guilherme Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves (2010 - 2015)                                            
Heloisa Guarita Padilha (2009 -2014)                                            
José Luiz Egídio Setúbal (2007-2013)                                            
Maria Luiza Pacheco Fernandes Bueno Vidigal (2008-2013)                                            
Regina Vidigal Guarita (2005-2012)                                            
¹ 5 years or more                                             
Audit Committee

Analyzes and approves the financial-administrative managerial process at Maria Cecilia Foundation and also recommends external Audit Consulting companies.

President: Adriana Katalan

Partner at Sampaio and Katalan law firm. Adriana holds a degree from the University of São Paulo School of Law - USP (São Francisco), where she also got her master’s degree in Agency Theory and New Corporation Law, closely related to Corporate Governance. She attended courses at Cornell University, lectures on Corporate Governance, and also taught several courses. She wrote articles for the Trade Law Gazette and was assistant to professor Rachel Stajn at the São Paulo University School of Law. She worked at Machado Meyer, Ulhoa Canto and Sicherle Advogados law firms.                                            

                                            
Paulo Sergio Miron

Itaú Unibanco Holding SA: Executive Director since July 2015. PricewaterhouseCoopers - São Paulo / SP: Partner from 1996 to 2015, working on auditing in large Brazilian Financial Conglomerates, such as Unibanco - União de Bancos Brasileiros (1997 to 2000) , Banco do Brasil (2001 to 2005) and Itaú Unibanco SA (2009 to 2013). From 1997 to 2008 he was the partner responsible for the banking area of ​​PwC Brasil and from 2004 to 2008, partner in charge of the government services area of ​​PwC Brasil. He was coordinator of the training area in financial institutions of PwC Brazil for over 10 years and served as university professor for some years in business related to the financial market. He is a member of the Brazilian Institute of Accountants and Speakers in several seminars related to financial instruments and auditing. Academic Background: Graduated in Accounting from São Judas Tadeu University - São Paulo and in Economics from Universidade Mackenzie - São Paulo.                                            

                                            
Eleno Paes Gonçalves Junior

Eleno Gonçalves Jr. graduated in Business Administration at EAESP/FGV (1999) and specialized in Social Initiatives Management at UFRJ (2002). He has 14 years’ experience and has worked different business segments, such as Pão de Açúcar Group, São Paulo Museum of Modern Art and Aprendiz, among others, working in the administrative and financial areas, planning and control, operations people/quality and management. From 2007 to 2011 he was institutional manager at GIFE. He coordinated the first edition of the Best Governance Practices for Foundations and Business Institutes Guide (IBGC e GIFE, 2009) and the creation of the Governance for Foundations and Institutes Course, GIFE / IBGC. He was involved in drafting the "Investment Management Code of Conduct for Endowments, Foundations, and Charitable Organizations" (CFA Institute, 2010). Between 2011 and 2013 he was deputy COO at IBGC - Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance. He currently works as an independent advisor for Lina Galvani Institute and ActionAid Brazil, audit advisor for Conectas Human Rights and is the founder of FGV Society Institute.                                            

                                            
Investment Committee

Advises the Board of Trustees on Endowment fund management to support Maria Cecilia Foundation activities.

President: Helio Nogueira da Cruz

MSc and PhD from the School of Economics and Administration of the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP), and Post-Doctorate from Yale University, U.S.A. Full professor of Technology and Economic Development at FEA-USP, where he has also taught Macroeconomics and Technology and Economics. Head of the Department of Economics at FEA/USP from 1990 to 1992. Currently working as B.A. Coordinator at the University of São Paulo, member of the Board of Trustees at SEADE Foundation of the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas (FIPE). Speaker in several national and international conferences, most recently related to Higher Education Institutions, University Autonomy and University Management. Participated in the University Management Course, organized by Harvard and the Polytechnic School of Catalonia.                                            

                                            
André Reginato

Graduated in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo-USP. Did his MBA at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Worked in the private equity department of CSFB/ Garantia Bank, the group that has managed a total committed capital of over US $ 500 million. Implemented and monitored various operations involving innovative financial structures, such as a stock tracking system in Brazil. At present he is the director of Estudar Foundation and Endeavor VentureCorp since they began their operations in Brazil in 2000. He is also Managing Partner at Dikaios.                                            

                                            
Eduardo Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves

Eduardo holds a degree in Economic Science. He worked in Pactual Bank (prospecting and retention of clients from the Investment Bank). He was Management Assistant (national and international fund-raising) at Lavra Bank, and Managing Director at Finasa Investment Bank (business development - Underwriting, Mergers and Acquisitions). He is currently director of União Vidigal Participações.                                            

                                            
Luis Vidigal Andrade Gonçalves

Graduated in law from São Marcos University, São Paulo; certified in Governance for Foundations and Business Institutes from IBGC and from the Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development, Harvard. Worked at Manuel Alceu Affonso Ferreira law firm and Itaú-Unibanco in Capital Market, Private Banking, Asset Management, Itaú Trading and Mesa Proprietária (Fixed Income Trade). Worked at Banco Mercantil de São Paulo - Finasa. Served as advisor for the Souto Vidigal Family Board and also at Pátio 3º Tempo, an entertainment and gastronomy business. At present, Luis is partner and director of UV Gestora de Ativos Ltd. and União Vidigal Participações Ltd. He also sits in the Board of Trustees and in the Investment Committee of the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.                                            

                                            
Maria Isabel Pacheco Fernandes de Bueno Vidigal

Maria got a Law degree from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation – FAAP and worked for JHSF in international trade. At Vogue Brazil she was the head of Vogue Home, Vogue Health, Vogue Beauty, Radar Rio, Radar NY, Nostalgia and Vogue Kids. She also worked at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey and J. Quiroga law firms with corporate law and contracts.                                            

                                            
Communications Committee

Supports and advises the CEO on Communication strategies. Its mission is to support the team, debate ideas and suggest strategies for future partnerships and suppliers.

President: Teresa Guarita Grynberg

Teresa holds a degree in Visual Communication from Mackenzie Presbiterian University. She has 18 years’ experience in design and advertising, having worked with Rafic Farah and João Baptista da Costa Aguiar design studios. She was art director in top advertising agencies, such as Ogilvy and DM9 and received important awards, including at Cannes Festival. She is founding partner of Estúdio Colírio.                                            

                                            
Alexandre Grynberg

Graduated in Social Communication and specialized in advertising at Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation – FAAP. Worked for top communication agencies such as: Lew, Lara, W/Brasil, DM9DDB and África. Developed communication strategies for major advertisers, among which are Itaú Bank, BRF Alimentos, Coca-Cola, Grendene, Nivea, AmBev, to name a few. Founding partner of two agencies: Cápsula Comunicação, later acquired by TBWA, and Hello Interactive, a digital agency, in partnership with Group ABC. He is currently General Director of Operations and Account Manager at the paulista office NBS Comunicação. He sits in the Advisory Board of Belgravia FO, a Financial Market and Real Estate Market. Member of the Ethics Committee of CONAR – Conselho Nacional de Autorregulamentação Publicitária.                                            

                                            
Joao Castanho Neto

Managing partner at Loria Brand Management. Over 15 years experience in brand strategy and communication. Worked in advertising at DM9DDB, Talent and Lowe. Holds a degree in advertising and marketing from ESPM/SP and did an extension course in Marketing at Westminster University (London). Took several training courses in the area, including: Brand Architecture - DDB University (Madrid), Strategic Planning and Brand Sustainability (FGV-SP), Systems Thinking - Schumacher College (London), Systemic Management at the Rotman School of Management. Was managing partner of Thymus Branding. He is now partner at Loria and Professor at the GV Branding post-graduate course in São Paulo.                                            

                                            
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