Juliana Santiago


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance: IAG-PUC – the Business School of the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2000)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting: UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1998) 


Sustainable Development, Public Policies, Climate Change, Amazon, International affairs, Human Rights, Social Inclusion, Conflict Resolution


In 2006 Juliana joined the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), after a 12-year career in the private sector. In these past years, she has been a part of some important efforts in the development of Brazil, having financed investments for segments crucial to her country’s sustainable development, such as forest protection, sanitation, solid waste management, transportation, and public management.

With the world facing unprecedented environmental risks that must be mitigated while providing economic alternatives for people living in poverty, her mission in BNDES has expanded to encompass innovative policies that are both socially and environmentally sustainable. In 2013, Juliana was appointed head of the Amazon Fund, a pioneering instrument managed by BNDES for financing actions to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while promoting the sustainable use of the Amazon, inspired by the REDD+ mechanism created by the UNFCCC. While monitoring projects in remote areas of the Amazon, she was moved by the experiences of traditional communities struggling to defend their territories from the ravages of loggers, miners and the expansion of agribusinesses. She has been inspired by hundreds of community-level initiatives to develop models of a forest-based economy that respects ecological, social and cultural values. She is absolutely convinced about the critical connections among tropical forests, climate change, and development.

By pursuing a MALAS degree at UF, Juliana expects to broaden her intellectual horizons and gain even more confidence to take up other leadership positions in the future to better contribute to Brazil’s sustainable development.