Leonardo Lacerda holds the position of Environment Programme Director at Oak Foundation. He supervises staff, working on two priority areas: climate change and marine conservation.
Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Leonardo worked for 14 years with the World Wildlife Fund’s international network in various capacities, including Mediterranean Programme Director/Representative (Rome, Italy), Conservation Director of WWF-Brazil (Brasilia), Manager of the Global Forest Conservation Programme, and Latin America and Caribbean Programme Coordinator (Gland, Switzerland). He is a founding member of Fundacao Vitoria Amazonica, an NGO based in Manaus, Brazil. Leonardo has extensive experience in terrestrial and marine protected areas management, organisational development, financial and programme management, climate change and international relations.
He is a member of the Scientific Council of WWF-Brazil, and former board member of WWF-Spain and WWF-Greece. He speaks Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Leonardo has a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul Nitsche School of International Advanced Studies (SAIS) from Johns Hopkins University.
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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.