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- Team Members
Bárbara Gomes Simões, a proud Portuguese communications specialist, moved to the Washington D.C. area and started her career with an internship role as a Communications Associate at Connect4Climate, where currently she is filling a Communications Consultant position. Prior to this, Bárbara worked as a Communications Assistant with TAP Portugal, and with the ActivoBank in Portugal. She received a degree in Social Communication, with a concentration in Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations. Bárbara is particularly committed to youth empowerment and has worked on numerous international efforts (AIESEC, European Voluntary Service, Erasmus +), organizing and promoting different projects in Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Spain, and Luxembourg.
Daniel Pinto Lopes has extensive experience in Communications and Website Coordination, and has worked for multiple companies in Portugal, Germany, and the United States. Daniel also had an entrepreneurial venture in his home country of Portugal, starting off his career in a distinct, exciting way. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Escola Superior de Comunicação Social in Lisbon, Portugal, and University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He is now pursuing his Master of Science in Marketing Intelligence at NOVA Information Management School in Lisbon, Portugal. Born in the city of Covilhã, one of the gateways to the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, Daniel is keen on raising awareness and empowering people to take on one of the most critical issues facing humanity - climate change.
Dany Oliveira is a Marketing and Communication Specialist, experienced in brand management and startups fast growing culture. Dany worked as a Marketing Manager for two major Portuguese brands, where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing teams and managing +1ME budget. He collaborates in worldwide sports events like UEFA Champions League and World University Championship Futsal. Dany is high skilled in Digital Marketing, focused on Optimization Marketing Performance. He holds a degree in Journalism and a master in Marketing Strategy by the University of Minho in Portugal. Born in France, Dany wants to make an impact in the world by taking on climate change and inspire others to do the same.
Francis Dobbs worked in UK television and independent film production before moving to the World Bank Group media division 25 years ago. At the World Bank he ran a production unit producing a variety of videos on development issues and television documentary co-productions, before joining Connect4Climate to help plan and execute the program’s communications projects.
Giulia C. Braga is a communications professional passionate about the role of visual media and the arts in creating a better world. She coordinates Connect4Climate’s engagement with creative industries, as well as the Film4Climate global campaign dedicated to greening the silver screen. At Connect4Climate, she also works as creative and production senior consultant for several high-profile projects and events, including the recent “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home” public art projection.
Grazia Atanasio is a development communication consultant providing support to World Bank projects promoting climate resilience. Grazia has been with the Bank for the last 15 years working in different regions on strategic communication and stakeholders’ engagement aspects of sustainable development operations. Lately Grazia is working mostly in the Africa region and particularly in Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Senegal. Grazia speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, in addition to her native language, Italian.
Inês Silva Araújo was born in Moledo do Minho, Portugal. She is graduated in Journalism and holds a master degree in Strategic Communication. She lived in Brazil where she improved her skills studying cinema and music and in Ireland where she worked at the Embassy of Portugal in Dublin. Her most challenging experience was in India, where she engaged in an international volunteer program to teach English in the slums of New Delhi. A woman passionate about the world that dedicates her time traveling and writing. She is currently taking the role of Communications Assistant at Connect4Climate, where she keeps on trying to make a difference by leaving her footprints, making an impact in the world and catching ‘l'instant decisif’.
Leigh Vogel is a photographer and communications consultant working on the Connect4Climate initiative since 2011. Leigh utilizes both imagery and communications strategy to reach audiences with targeted messages. She comes with a background as editor in chief of a national lifestyle publication and contributes images to agencies and clients including Getty Images, The Associated Press, Polaris Images, and UPI. She is credentialed to photograph on Capitol Hill and a member of the White House News Photographers Association. As a graduate of Georgetown University's masters in communications program, she is the Photography Fellow at the University's Center for Social Impact Communications, and developed a guide to help nonprofit organizations communicate strategically via imagery. Leigh is a recipient of the Center's Social Impact Award, recognizing commitment to positive social change.