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

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 holds a BA  in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP, Brazil) , with Master in Social Anthropology from the Federal Universty of Bahia, (UFBA, Brazil)  and is currently a PhD Candidate in the same area at Estate University of Campinas (UNICAMP,Brazil). She is founder, researcher and adviser at the Center for Studies and Coordination of South-South Cooperation (ASUL). Has over ten years of experience with qualitative research and as a technician in public policy projects within the government and third sector. She is also a groups’ facilitator based on the certification received by H & K and Newfield Consulting in support to public institutions and NGO’s in the areas of institutional development, strategic planning and public policies. Previous works include the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger, São Paulo’s City Hall and Pólis Institute.



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.



  • Daniel Martins
  • Joana Amaral
  • Juliana Costa
  • Laura Trajber Waisbich
  • Maria do Carmo Rebouças dos Santos
  • Mariana Santarelli
  • Marina Bolfarine Caixeta
  • Rogerio Silva

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.


Graduated in International Relations at PUC-SP and Public Relations at ECA-USP. Master in International Relations at San Tiago Dantas Program (PUC-SP / UNESP / Unicamp) and PhD in Science from IRI-USP. University professor since 2007. Has experience in foreign policy analysis with quantitative methods and measurement of International Cooperation, with consultancy for international agencies. Also specializes in event planning.


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 is currently a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Laura 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)


Professor of Law at Federal University of the South of Bahia. PhD in Development, Society and International Cooperation at the University of Brasília. Specialist in State, Government and Public Policy by the Institute of Political Science of the University of Brasília. Specialist in Human Rights from the State University of Bahia. Bachelor in Law from the Catholic University of Salvador.

She has long experience in international development and human rights, having coordinated various South-South cooperation projects in human rights between Brazil, Africa and Latin America and acting as a human rights lawyer before international organizations.

She was a specialist lawyer for the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC, Program Officer and Consultant for the United Nations Development Program, Director of International Cooperation of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the  Presidency of Brazil.

As researcher and professor  she works in the fields of Critical Development Studies, including International Cooperation for Development and South-South Cooperation; International Human Rights Law;  International Politics; Public Policies; and Ethnic-Racial Studies.

In her studies, she has focused on the understanding of the mechanisms of hegemonic development and its practical face, the international cooperation for development through analysis of the field of international cooperation in Guinea Bissau. In the same way she has researched and problematized South-South Cooperation as a way to inspire new development practices when aligned with its guiding principles.

Her researches also includes approaches to the critical milestone of alternatives to development, such as Bien Vivir, Common, and Counter-Hegemonic Legal Pluralisms studies.

She is a member of the Group of Comparative Studies Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and Brazil – MECACB / CNPq of FLACSO. Coordinate the Research Project “Emancipatory Uses of Law”.


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.


Marina Caixeta is a professional and field researcher of South-South Cooperation with over a decade of experience. Prior to her researcher activities, she had worked in the Brazilian government and UN system in Brazil with international cooperation projects. Marina completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies (2005); is specialist in Sustainable Development (2010) and holds a Master of Science Degree in development, society and cooperation (2014); currently, is pursuing a PhD at the Department of Latin American Studies in the Institute of Social Sciences/University of Brasília. The current research works encompass scientific papers (Curriculum Lattes) and consultancies, all related to South-South Cooperation.



Rogério Silva is a specialist in evaluation and planning of programs and social policies, with emphasis in the Health and social assistance. For more than fifteen years in the social field, he acted as a manager, consultant, teacher and researcher with dozens of public and private organizations, both national and international. He holds a Phd in public health from USP and is a psychoanalyst from CEP/SP. Studied Monitoring and Evaluation at Western Michigan University/USA and the facilitation of development processes at CDRA / South Africa.


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