Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is a globally recognized thought leader and the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – an independent think and do tank that develops research, solutions and partnerships to impact public and corporate policies and practices to overcome the main global challenges. Its mission is to contribute to public, digital and climate security in Brazil and worldwide.Ilona serves on several boards, including the UNSG High-Level Advisory Board on Effective MultilateralismFernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation (FFHC) and the Brazilian Center of International Relations (CEBRI). 

She is also the co-chair of the Global Future Council on the Future of Nature and Security.She was previously the Executive-Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of a national gun control campaign in Brazil. Before that, she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro. She earned a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, is an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab, and was a public policy fellow at Columbia University in NY.

She is also a columnist at Folha de São Paulo, a podcast and TV anchor and commentator, a TED speaker and an author of 3 books.Ilona was nominated a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015 and in 2018, she received the Public Security Order of Merit, from the Brazilian Ministry of Public Security. She was also highlighted as one of the world’s top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine in 2020, and in 2023, she was awarded the Bertha Lutz Diploma, from the Brazilian Federal Senate.

Social Networks:

Facebook: IlonaSzaboRJ
Instagram: ilonadecarvalho
LinkedIn: ilonacarvalho
Twitter: @IlonaSzaboC

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Columns at Folha de São Paulo:
Gol Magazine:
Book A Defesa do Espaço Cívico:
Book Drogas: as histórias que não te contaram

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