About Us

Our team includes anthropologists, internationalists, political and social scientists. Our concern has always been to ensure that different experiences and skills are in constant dialogue. Therefore, the team has experience in research and teaching, has participated in international policy fora and negotiations and has work experience in different countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Apart from our permanent staff, Articulação SUL has a group of collaborators, inside and outside of Brazil, with expertise in areas such as health, agriculture, education, environmental issues, solidarity economy and urban governance.

  • Bianca Suyama
  • Elisa Camarote
  • Ivone de Souza
  • Luara Lopes
  • Melissa Pomeroy
  • Laura Trajber
  • Daniel Martins
  • Joana Amaral
  • Marina Bolfarine Caixeta
  • Mariana Santarelli

Bianca Suyama has a BA in International Relations from São Paulo’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-SP) and an MSc in Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has 15 years of experience in participatory governance and international development cooperation as a manager, advisor, researcher, educator and consultant.

She has worked in government, national and international organisations such as CARE International UK, Fairtrade Foundation, and São Paulo city hall’s Participatory Budget Secretariat. She has work experience in multicultural environments in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Her interests include: citizen participation; South-South cooperation; public policy analysis and evaluation; intercultural dialogue; Brazil-Africa relations; learning from, and contributing to the systematisation of, the experience of social movements and civil society organisations that promote alternate development paradigms. Bianca speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Elisa Camarote is an anthropologist with a BA degree in Social Sciences from São Paulo’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-SP) and an MSc in Anthropology from Bahia Federal University. She has 10 years of experience in qualitative research and public policy. Previous work experience included the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, the São Paulo City Hall, Instituto Pólis and several research institutions. Elisa is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

She has worked on issues of social policy and its effects on ethnic minorities, social participation, social-territorial diagnosing and monitoring and evaluation of social programmes and projects. She has experience with ethnographic research, market research, focal group moderation, in-depth interviewing and qualitative data analysis.

Her interests include social relations analysis, international development cooperation, social protection and food security policies and formulating and adapting projects and policies to different social and cultural contexts.



Ivone de Souza has an MSc in Urban Regeneration at the London Metropolitan University, a BA in Civil Engineering and a specialisation in Public Health from the University of São Paulo, as well as certificates in Africa/Latin America urban planning and housing (La Cambre, Belgium) and decentralised cooperation (Urbal programme, European Union). She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

Ivone has over 20 years of experience in urban development and participatory local planning as a consultant, project manager and facilitator. She also has extensive experience in integrated management programs in areas of high social vulnerability. She has worked for various UN agencies, IBSA (India Brazil Dialogue Forum and South Africa), the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Urbal Programme / European Union, local governments and private entities.

Her areas of ​​interest include decentralised cooperation, facilitating local processes, implementing strategies, systematisation, intervention and adaptation of projects and policies for development.


Luara Lopes has a BA in International Relations from São Paulo’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-SP) and Master’s in Foreign Policy from the San Tiago Dantas programme (PUC-SP, UNICAMP and UNESP). She has worked for over ten years with humanitarian aid and international development cooperation in national, international, governmental and non-governmental organisations, including the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), the Brazilian Association of NGOs (Abong) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Her areas of interest include South-South development cooperation, transparency and participation in foreign policy and Brazil’s role in international development cooperation’s architecture. Luara speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French fluently.


Melissa Pomeroy holds a BA in International Relations from São Paulo’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-SP), a specialisation in Participation and Sustainable Development at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has an MSc and is a PhD candidate in Political Science from the same university. Her main areas of interest are social movements and citizen participation, the analysis and evaluation of public policies and international development cooperation. She has ten years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, strategic planning and institutional development, and management and evaluation of projects.

Melissa worked at the Participatory Budget Secretariat of São Paulo City Hall, the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy, the Barcelona City Council, and the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has also worked as consultant in strategic planning, institutional development and systematisation of knowledge in various public, private and civil society organisations. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.


Laura Trajber Waisbich holds a BA in International Relations from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP, Brazil) and a Research Master’s in Political Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science Institute (Sciences Po, France). She has research and policy experience on South-South Development Cooperation, Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights. She has previously worked for international human rights organizations in Brazil, United States and Belgium. Since 2011, Laura is also a researcher at the Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap).


Daniel Martins holds a BA in International Relations from Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU) and a master degree on International Relations at Post-Graduate Programme San Tiago Dantas (UNESP, UNICAMP, PUC-SP). He has professional experience and academic research on Brazilian foreign policy, citizen participation, preferential trade agreements and South-South cooperation. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and has intermediary French.


Joana Amaral holds a Master’s degree in Development, Society and International Cooperation from the University of Brasilia. She holds a BA in Forestry Engineering from the University of São Paulo with a Specialization in Advanced Studies in Environmental Education from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She has over 12 years of experience in formulating and managing international projects and programs of the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education with countries in Africa and South America. She was facilitator of participatory processes, creating spaces for analysis of context, planning and systematization of experiences in the public sector and with non-governmental organizations. She also has experience researching on the performance of Brazilian public institutions in cooperation for the development and training of professionals in methodologies of intercultural dialogue.

Marina Bolfarine Caixeta holds BA in International Relations from UCB, a master’s degree in international cooperation (CEAM / UnB) and a PhD in social sciences – Latin American Studies (ELA / UnB). She worked for more than 7 years with projects of international cooperation in the Brazilian government and in the UN-system. Currently, he is dedicated to teaching and research on international cooperation for development. Topics of interest include: South-South cooperation; Project / policy management; Monitoring and evaluation; public policy; Latin America and Africa.

Mariana Santarelli holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, a master’s degree in development policies from the Institute of Social Studies, a PhD in social sciences from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. She is researcher at the Reference Center for Sovereignty and Security Food and Nutrition (CERESAN) of the Center for Research in Development and Agriculture (CPDA / UFRRJ). In the last 15 years, she has been working on food and nutritional security public agenda, moving between NGOs, the federal government, international organizations and the university. Among other things, she was a researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis (IBASE), general coordinator in support of the implementation of the National System of Food and Nutrition Security in the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, when she began to participate in South-South cooperation missions. Since then, she has been dedicating itself to understanding the profile of Brazil’s cooperation. She is currently a deputy advisor on National Council for Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA), representing ASUL.

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