Engineer of the electricity sector(1973 to 2003), Passos is postgraduate in Energy Planning from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/COPPE, was councilman and congressman. Passos has expertise at natural resources, from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and at Applied Hydrology, from United States Geologycal Survey. He worked with energy planning in Eletrosul and at Mines and Energy Ministry. In the Congress, he worked on committees of the Mercosur, Mines and Energy, Environment, Science and Technology, Tourism and the Council of Higher Studies. Passos created and chaired the Parliamentary Frontin Defense of Renewable Energy Sources and currently is Latin American member of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
Dr. Ricardo Rüther
Rüther is Metallurgical Engineering from Federal University of RioGrande do Sul(1988), Master at Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul(1991), Ph.D. at Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Western Australia(1995),postdoctoral fellow at Photovoltaic Solar Systems from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany(1996) and postdoctoral at Photovoltaic Solar Systems integrated to buildings from The University of Western Australia (2011). He is currently professor at UFSC and coordinator of the EC82-1ABNT-Brazilian Association of Technical Standards(Commission of Study Conversion Systems of Photovoltaic Solar Energy). He was founder and first president of ISES Brazil (Brazilian Section of the International Solar Energy Society) and is part of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Amazon(INCT-EREEA).
Dr. João Tavares Pinho
Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Pará, Pinho is Master at Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and PhD at electrical engineering from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen(Germany). He is professor at Federal University of Pará, coordinator of the Study and Developmentof Energy Alternatives Group (GEDAE), coordinator of the National Institute of Science and Technology of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Amazon (INCT-EREEA); scholar in Technological Developmentand Innovative Extension, ad hoc consultant to several boards and funding agencies in Brazil, member of several national and international scientific societies, member of the Energy area of Iberoamerican Program of Science and Technology for Development (CYTED), member of the reviewers board of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC), member of the reviewers board of the European-Latin American Network for Science and Technology(EULANEST) and former president of the Association of International Solar Energy and Solar Energy Society-Section Brazil.
Kathlen took her bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in 2016. During her bachelor, she was a research assistant at the Laboratory of Energy Efficiency in Buildings (LabEEE) and did an exchange program at Victoria University of Wellington where she took classes at the Building Science/Sustainable Engineering Systems course. Since 2016, she is a researcher at the Solar Energy Research Laboratory at UFSC where she is currently doing her Master’s degree with focus in Solar Cooperatives. Kathlen is also one of the directors of the NGO IDEAL Institute where she leads mainly projects about solar communities’ in Brazil.
Administrative and financial coordinator
Fátima M. Martins da Silva
Graduated in Administration, Fátima has postgraduation in Human Resources from Federal University of Santa Catarina. She works for Ideal since its foundation, in 2007, and, besides the administrative and financial duties, also promotes the Eco_lógicas contest and the Energia+Limpa Seminar at Ideal. She worked as parliamentary assistant in Federal Congress for four years and also worked in a project of UNAIDS, ONU´s program to combat HIV.
Andressa Braun is a journalist graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), with Masters in Project Management (Master en Dirección de Proyectos) from the University of Valladolid (UVa), Spain. As a scholarship from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, has developed monograph on technology transfer, drawing a comparison in the area between UVa and UFSC. Has extensive experience in press office – especially on the Navy of Brazil, Union of the State of Santa Catarina Doctors (SIMESC) and in education sector (CESUSC). Has participated in relevant research projects as the Brazilian Digital Television System. In Distance Education, she was screenwriter and producer of video in Measurement and Verification of Energy Efficiency, a project of international cooperation between GIZ and ANEEL.
Maurício Frighetto holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) – same institution where he earned his undergraduate degree. He has six years experience as a newspaper journalist, working in media companies such as Diário Catarinense and Notícias do Dia, covering mostly hard news, cities and security. He won two Fatma Awards for Environmental Journalism.
Taynara Reisner Mighelão is graduated in Business by Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). She held an exchange at the Technical University of Munich, in Munich, in Germany, where she attended the course “Management and Technology” (TUM-BWL). She also worked as a project manager in the junior company of the Administration course at UFSC. Currently, she is a consultant of IDEAL within the scope of the “América do Sol” Program and coordinates the annual study “The Brazilian Market of Distributed Solar PV Generation”.