Imazon Project Team

Paulo BarretoPaulo Barreto

Paulo Barreto

Senior Researcher

Paulo uses his twenty years of extensive research experience to explore sustainable development solutions in the Amazon region.

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Paulo is a senior researcher at the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment where he started his 20-year career. Paulo Barreto has published more than 70 academic and technical publications. He frequently speaks to a wide variety of stakeholders in the private and public sectors (such as in hearings in the Brazilian Congress). His research has appeared more than 200 times in major international and national news media such as The Economist, Reuters and BBC. Since October 2009 Barreto writes the blog Amazônia Sustentável (Sustainable Amazon) about challenges and ideas for sustainable development in the Amazon. From 1998 to 2004 Barreto also acted as executive director of Imazon where he developed extensive experience in fundraising and organization management. Barreto holds a MSc in Forests Sciences from Yale University and a BSc in Forest Sciences from The Amazon Rural University in Belém, Pará, Brazil.

Carl BenderCarl Bender

Carl Bender

Design Director
Tomorrow Partners & Sparkwise

When Carl isn’t designing across mediums, he’s exploring them, from food to records to live comedy.

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Carl Bender is a design director at Tomorrow Partners and Sparkwise, where he utilizes his complementary experience in interactive design and branding on design projects that make a positive social impact. Carl began his career in Philadelphia, working as a senior interactive designer before making the move to San Francisco to get his MFA in Graphic Design. After completing graduate school, he worked at Tuft & Co., bringing interactive and broadcast projects to life for Adobe and Time Warner Cable. Later, Carl worked on large-scale commercial and civic branding projects for clients like San Francisco Magazine, MTV, The Bay Bridge, and Presidio Parkway. His work has been published in design magazines such as Communication Arts, How, CMYK and Print, while projects he’s worked on have graced the cover of The New York Times.

Deb JohnsonDeb Johnson

Deb Johnson

Academic Director of Sustainability
Pratt Institute

By fostering creativity, Debera turns designers into design entrepreneurs.

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Deb founded the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation in 2002 during her tenure as chair of the Industrial Design program. Under her leadership the Incubator has helped launch 25 design driven enterprises in four sectors: clean energy, fashion, design and design consulting. The Incubator provides affordable space, mentorship and strategic business development within a collaborative community of entrepreneurs. The Incubator offers sustainable design consulting services to industry and non-profit organizations by assembling creative teams to work on environmentally and socially relevant projects. Currently the Incubator hosts 12 businesses and has just opened the Pratt Pop-up! shop in the new Dekalb Market in Brooklyn. Deb leads Pratt’s commitment to integrate sustainability into academics in her role as Academic Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS). She also coordinates the groundbreaking Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), a cohort of educators that represent 33 independent art and design colleges across North America.

Dr. Dave ThauDr. Dave Thau

Dr. Dave Thau

Senior Developer Advocate
Google Earth Engine

A veteran computer scientist, Dr. Dave Thau lends his vast knowledge to developing sophisticated Earth observation tools.

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Dr. Dave Thau is the senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google’s geo processing platform. He has 20 years of industry experience developing Internet-based applications. He has created and managed software development for Webby Award winning websites, launched two successful startups, written a best-selling computer science textbook, and authored many scholarly papers in the field of data management. He has worked with image databases and geospatial systems, focusing on the fields of ecology, biodiversity, and land cover classification. Dave currently works with scientists and NGOs developing software and algorithms to run on Google’s highly parallelized cloud computing-based Earth observation data processing framework. He holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in Computer Science from the UC Davis.

Bruno OliveiraBruno Oliveira

Bruno Oliveira

Communications Advisor

Bruno builds networks for good, empowering large audiences to engage with sustainable Amazon development.

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Born in Castanhal, Pará, Bruno joined Imazon in 2010 as a communications advisor. He manages the communications channels maintained by Imazon and seeks to continue expanding the possibilities for disseminating information produced by the Institute. Bruno has a great interest in social media and explores this medium as a source of information and entertainment.

Amy GutermanAmy Guterman

Amy Guterman

Designer | Fellow
Firebelly University

Through the winning combination of doing good and doing good design, Amy creates opportunities for local change.

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Amy uses her background in information design, branding, and business to tell meaningful stories and provoke change. Currently, she is a fellow at Firebelly University, an entrepreneurial incubator program teaching designers with a social awareness to make a more just society. In addition, she manages the design studio Tilt Shift and is the founder of Knowtify, a communication consultancy focused on using design to make complex social issues clear and relevant. Previously, Amy was the lead designer for a financial services company where she honed her skills in visualizing cumbersome business strategies and data. Amy has also collaborated with several inspiring organizations including Moving Design, EPIC, and No Right Brain Left Behind. Through these initiatives, she was able to impact local issues by combining her passion for doing good with her design skills. Amy holds a BFA in Visual Communications and Business from Washington University in St. Louis.

David KaramDavid Karam

David Karam

Lead Developer, Tomorrow Partners
CTO, Sparkwise

David crafts dynamic digital solutions on and offline, and has a knack for composing music.

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David Karam is the lead developer at Tomorrow Partners and CTO of Sparkwise. He uses his fluency in design and software development to bridge the gap between business stakeholders, researchers, visual designers and software developers. He has designed and produced interactive media, database-driven websites, applications and installations for commercial and cultural institutions including Apple Computers, Nokia, Warner Bros. Records, The Body Shop, The Getty Center and the San Francisco MOMA. In 2009 he founded Postera, a website builder and hosting service for creative professionals. David’s work is in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the San Francisco MOMA. He teaches at California College of the Arts, as well as Transmedia at St. Lukas in Brussels. He regularly lectures about design, content-managed websites and user experience at institutions across the U.S. and Europe.