Beto Verissimo

Senior Research, Imazon

Skoll Awardee


Beto Veríssimo is a senior research and co-founder of the Amazon Institute of People and Environment (Imazon), a think-and-do tanks NGO based in the Brazilian Amazon. He holds a master degree in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) and graduate degree in Agriculture Engineer from the Federal Rural University of the Brazilian Amazon. He has published more than 170 scientific and technical articles and 20 books on conservation, natural resources management and public policies. His work has helped to create about 25 million hectares of Conservation Units in the Amazon. He has also has been working to reduce deforestation and promote forest based economy in the Amazon region He is also AVINA Fellow and Ashoka Senior Fellow. In 2010 Verissimo received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2014 he received the Globo Brazilian award for his leadership on fighting deforestation.