Our Brazil Team

Ana Addobbati
CEO, Viven

Ana Addobbati is the CEO of Viven – Cidadãos para um amanhã melhor, in Brazil. She began her career in 2005 as a reporter of Human Rights, migrating in 2008 to the Corporate world, having worked for Natura Co., where one of her missions was coordinating the main Corporate Social Responsibility program, which raises funds for supporting Public Education. In 2017, she co-founded Women Friendly, an initiative that uses education for fighting against sexual harassment inside organizations, having impacted 120k people in Brazil. Since then, she has been involved in several feminist campaigns, having been invited to be part of Civicus Alliance for the Civil Society, where she is one of the members in the Board of Directors, having integrated task forces for promoting Diversity and inclusion inside organizations and innovation on the funding process for social organizations. Before Viven, she was the executive director at Social Good Brasil, having expanded the programs throughout different regions in Brazil, fundraising more than BRL 1,3 million.   As an enthusiast of innovation for supporting Human Rights, she is one of the ambassadors of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, which collects data to demonstrate the human rights situation around the globe. She also holds a Master Executive Degree in Communication and Digital Marketing at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

I am passionate about Viven because…

as someone who has been an activist against racism and gender violence and constantly speaking to adults, I clearly see how it is urgent to have a generation where empathy and inclusion are two key thematics to be present in the conversation with our youth, foremost, in a global world where bridges must exist. I am confident that Viven and High Resolves address this urgency in the most proper methodology.

Priscila Ferraz
Project Coordinator, Viven

Priscila is a social educator and researcher in Race and Ethnical relations in the work environment. She has been working since 2017 with peripheral literature production, building bridges between Culture and Education. She is taking Psychology at the University as a Major.

I am passionate about Viven because…

I believe in citizen education as a structural changing tool for promoting equal rights.  The methodology used by Viven ensures real opportunities for the construction of a just society.

Matheus Henrique
Pedagogical Assistant, Viven

Matheus Henrique is currently at the University of Campinas studying Social Sciences and during his journey as an undergraduate, he focused his academic research on racial issues and social movements. He also has experience with education in the field, either through popular education – where he helped found a supportive course for vulnerable students who aim to enter the University by taking the National Exams for the public academic institutions – or in classrooms of public schools managed by the State, where he taught and also monitored teachers. 

He believes in the importance of racial discussions to understand the reality that surrounds us and in the power of education to transform it.

I am passionate about Viven because…

I care about the education of citizens to deal with the changing reality of the current times. This transformation refers to values such as diversity, inclusion and equality. These values are present in the work of Viven.

Céu Mendonça
Communication and Design Supervisor, Viven

Céu Mendonça has a bachelor degree in Social Communication, with a major in Communication for Education, and she is also a visual artist, art educator and handicrafts woman.  She is also part of the Aroeira Collective for the People from Terreiro, where she is engaged in the fight for the rights of the people from the Terreiros – Terreiros is a word in Portuguese that refers to the sacred territory for various African and Indigenous religions in Brazil.

I am passionate about Viven because …

I believe in the potential for the change that the youth have in their hands and Viven has the purpose to support young students put into practice their social protagonism and, therefore, to collaborate with a just common future to everyone.

Camila Lopes
Program Coordinator, Viven

Camila Lopes has a degree in Arts from the University of São Paulo, and she is a specialist in implementing educational policies. She also has an MBA diploma in project management. But, above all, she believes in the potential of what happens in the school grounds. As she experiences the role of  a teacher in public schools in Brazil and as a resident at the State of Sergipe’s Public Department of Education, she understands what kind of impact she wishes to create in the world: working with along different people with the same purpose of developing integral human beings through education

I am passionate about Viven because…

I share the belief that it is necessary to provide teacher training that promotes spaces within the school in which students can exercise their leading role through citizen education.

Camila Mendonça de Barros
Consultant, Viven

Based in Brazil, Camila is passionate about education. She has focused her professional career in Social and Educational Policies implementation, especially at the public sector, whenshe worked at the State Secretariat of Education in São Paulo and as a Social Cash Transfer Management Director. She holds her PhD Fundação Getúlio Vargas, internship at Stanford University as Lemann Center Fellow as well. Her Master is in Social Public Policies and her Bachelor in Economics Science, both of them at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am passionate about High Resolves because the development of our youth’s social skills is better way to prepare then to handle with the contemporary society challenges and to promote the social changes needed for a more just society.

Luiza Sassi
Program Manager, Viven

Luiza graduated with a BA in social science by Unicamp and have been working with not formal education and mediation focused on citizen formation, that struggle for their housing. Before that she worked as a teacher in the state public school with participatory methodologies.

I am passionate about Viven because…

of the way Viven answer to schools and organizations demand of developing the social skills that the youth needs. In Brazil there is a big possibility to innovate and go beyond of the collective resources, and with our work we our can motivate the new generation in this path.

Riellen Scherer
Facilitator and Project Coordinator, Viven

Riellen Scherer is an environmental scientist and believes in the power of dialogue. Therefore, she has been dedicating  her studies on scientific research and on the use of active methodologies during the facilitation for educational ends as a way to mobilize young people for building a better future for everyone.

I am passionate about Viven because…

As Paulo Freire, the most well reputed Brazilian educator says, if education itself does not have the power to change the world, it makes us aware of the existing contradictions that prevent us from moving forward. And I think Viven and High Resolves do an exceptional job on supporting the schools on the efforts of leveraging the students’ awareness about the world’s problems

Eduardo Wurzmann
Board member

Eduardo is the co-founder of Grupo Ibmec Educacional S.A, one of the most prestigious post-secondary education institutions in Brazil, with annual revenues of $70 million. Ibmec was sold to DeVry in 2015. Eduardo was Ibmec’s CEO for 11 years. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Unext.com in Sao Paulo, one of the largest and leading e-learning companies.

Lina Wurzmann
Founding Family, Brazil

Lina has a degree in business administration, yet has worked as an artist making sculptures for more than 12 years. In 2011, Lina co-founded PARTE Feira de Arte Contemporânea, an art show that has the purpose to show up and coming new artists and to be the bridge between new art lovers and the art world. Lina also co-founded Viven – Cidadãos para um amanhã melhor in 2019 with her husband because she is a believer in the fundamental ideas of High Resolves and is engaged in making changes in the Brazilian education system.

I am passionate about High Resolves because
Empowering youth to face the challenges of an ever more complicated world on matters like racism, prejudice, bias and more, help me to believe in a better world for the future.

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Our history

High Resolves Brazil was established in early 2019 with the tireless assistance from Eduardo and Lina Wurzmann.

The expansion of High Resolves into Brazil is being championed by our Founding Family for Brazil, Eduardo and Lina Wurzmann. We are in active conversations with a large education player about a distribution partnership to adapt and localize the High Resolves curriculum into the Brazilian context. We are also exploring the potential for the launch of a national Videos for Change program.


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