Our Team

Director’s Office

Daniel Balaban

Director and Representative

Economist and Master in International Relations. Specialist in Public Policy, International Cooperation, Government Mobilisation and Innovative Initiatives.


Gabriela Ospina

Assistent to the Director

BA in Anthropology, MA in Public Administration and Environmental Sciences. Multilingual professional with experience in sustainable human development policy and programmes.

Peter Rodrigues

Deputy Director

30 years working in 4 continents, helping save and change lives of millions of those left behind and continuing to do so.

Programme Team

Albaneide Peixinho

Nutritionist specialising in Public Health, Masters in Education and Health. Over 15 years experience in managing food and nutrition programmes.


Ana Clara Cathalat

BA in Law, Master in Human Rights, experience in project management in intergovernmental and civil society organisations. Works with South-South Cooperation in school feeding and local agriculture.


Eliene Sousa

Nutritionist with a Master’s in Health Sciences. Experienced food, nutrition and public health programmes and projects manager.



Felipe Albuquerque

Journalist, MA in International Relations and PhD in Political Science. Has worked for over 8 years in international projects; 4 of which with the UN. Has worked as a consultant, professor and researcher.

Joelcio Carvalho

Food Engineer with an MBA in Project Management. Specialises in Agriculture and Agribusiness Projects, focusing on production chain

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Letícia do Valle

Public Administrator, Master in Political Science and Local Development. Works with South-South Cooperation for capacity building, school feeding and local agriculture.


Maria Giulia Senesi

Master’s In Human Rights; Bachelor’s in Law and International Relations. Experience with project management. Contributes to school feeding and local agriculture projects.


Nayla Almeida

Agronomic Engineer and Master in Rural Development. Experienced in social construction of markets, family farming, food procurement, food security and rural development.


Osiyallê Rodrigues

Nutritionist, master in collective health and sanitarian. Works in the area of food and nutritional security and health conditions, with a focus on vulnerable populations.


Thaynara Dias

Agronomic Engineer, Master and PhD in Rural Extension. Has been working for 11 years in actions aimed at strengthening family agriculture and traditional communities.

Vinicius Limongi

BA in International Relations, pursuing an MSc in Development, Society and Inter. Cooperation. Coordinates projects with major donors and national partners.


Vitória Rufino

BA in Arts and Literature – English, is responsible for translation and administrative activities within the Programme and Communications units.

Gregory Rosa

Specialises in International Project Management and works with international cooperation for development, focusing on partnerships and strategies.

Yasmin Wakimoto

MA in Public Policy and BA in Social Sciences. Specialises in school feeding and social protection systems. Contributes to the Remote Assistance strategy.

Igor Carneiro

Economist, PhD in Public Policy, over 20 years’ experience in international cooperation, sustainable development and strategic management.

Opperations Team


Ana Jorge

MA in Accounting and BA in Business Administration & International Trade. Specialises in Accounting for International Organizations and Public Policies. Works in the Administrative and Finance unit.

Carmelucia Mello

Economist, coordinates the Finance Unit and the overall office Administration. Reports to the Directors.


Edison Hernandes

Joined the United Nations in 1999 and has worked in Information Technology and correlated operational areas, such as administration, human resources, finance, logistics and security.

Giovana Nunes

Has a degree in Hotel Management with experience in travel, administration and HR. Responsible for recruitment, hiring and management of staff contracts.

José Arimatéia

Works as a driver, administrative assistant and security warden.

Rafaella Gomes

BA in Business Administration, with 13 years’ experience in the administrative area. Acts in the Procurement unit responsible for contracting goods and services.


Regina Soto

BA in Business Administration, with 30+ years of experience in Travel Management, Aviation, Tourism, Hospitality and Events in multinationals. Responsible for Travel Management, and Procurement support.


Rui Raposo

Naval Administration graduate with 18 years of experience in administration, finance, procurement and logistics. Works in the Administration and Finance unit.

Rafaella Gomes

BA in Business Administration, with 13 years’ experience in the administrative area. Acts in the Procurement unit responsible for contracting goods and services.

Communications Team

Ana Claudia

Ana Mascarenhas

Journalist and marketing and social media specialist with a 7-year experience in multimedia content, social media management and internal communications. Has worked for public, private and third-sector organizations.


Caroline Melo

BA in Communications – Advertising, has over 10 years of experience as an art director and graphic designer. Has worked in advertising agencies, and the public and private sectors.

Ericka Galindo

Journalist, MA in Communications. Has worked for 15 years with project management, international reporting, TV/radio production in Brazil, UK and Germany. DipTrans, PMI-ACP.