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Desiree Lopes

Desirée Lopes

Associate Director

Based at Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas - IPÊ, Desirée is a Brazilian forest engineer and environmental manager with over a decade of experience on conservation and development in the tropics.

At ELTI, Desirée focuses on financial and strategic management, monitoring and evaluation and ELTI’s Brazil activities. Prior to ELTI, Desirée was the Brazil Country Manager of the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she managed institutional and research partnerships, training activities and outreach to reduce inequality in Brazil. Desirée has worked with academia, research centers, governments and the private sector to promote economic development and environmental conservation by linking frontier knowledge with pressing needs in the tropics. She holds an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, where she was a Moore Foundation Fellow, and a B.Sc. in Forest Engineering from University of Sao Paulo.

I strive to find effective ways to improve people's lives. There is so much that can be done with our work and our partners.

Desirée Lopes
Desirée conducting research on the impact of timber logging in the Brazilian Amazon with professionals from the Tropical Forest Institute, in 2009
Photo by Desirée Lopes