Luiz Amaral is the Global Manager for GFW Commodities and Finance. He leads the international team engaging companies and governments in using WRI geospatial tools and information technology to monitor agricultural supply chains, aiming to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable development in agriculture globally.
Before joining WRI Luiz was the head of corporate socio-environmental responsibility for Rabobank in Brazil and South America, responsible for risk assessment processes – involving an innovative sustainability rating - as well as sustainable business development. He also served on the boards of the Brazilian National Climate Change Fund (Fundo Clima) and international sustainability roundtables such as the ones for sugarcane (Bonsucro) and beef (GRSB/GTPS).
With a carrier that allied private-sector and research positions, Luiz is a former recipient of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fellowship on agriculture and climate change; coordinated the European biofuel program at Groupe d’Economie Mondiale at Sciences-Po Paris and worked as a researcher at Agroicone (formerly known as Icone), a leading agricultural think tank.
Luiz holds a Masters on International Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Phd candidate at University of São Paulo (USP), working on the impacts of information and communication technology on sustainable rural development.