Rodrigo is a biologist graduated from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) with a master's degree in Development Studies from the National University of Ireland (UCD) and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resources from the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). He has 25 years of experience in the management of sustainability and environmental projects. He has 20 years of experience in supporting corporate sustainability, environmental and social programs. He is a member of the Ashoka global Social Entrepreneur Network, former President of the Brazilian Private Protected Areas Federation and former CEO of Associação Caatinga, a leading Brazilian NGO in dryland conservation. In Associação Caatinga, he led the development of an internationally recognized innovative and integrated conservation and development model. He also led an initiative to increase sustainability in the carnauba wax sector. Rodrigo currently leads the Solidaridad Network team in Brazil working on sustainability and inclusion in cocoa, sugarcane, oranges, soy, livestock, matte tea and coffee. He is currently a member of the Strategy Group of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture.