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Class 12 (2013-2015)

Luiz Pinto, Brazil

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Luiz is a Computer Scientist, specialized in business management, who strongly advocates for sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon. As General Coordinator for the Suppliers Development Network (REDES) at the Federation of Industries of Pará State for the last seven years, he has been working to ensure that national and multinational corporations implementing large-scale infrastructure projects in the Brazilian Amazon hire local professionals and purchase goods and services from local suppliers, thus creating local jobs, generating local income, and promoting local economic development. Luiz strongly believes that without local community development there is no development at all. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Luiz intends to return to the Brazilian Amazon to resume his work and activism in support of local suppliers and communities. He is certain that the world-class training at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center will enable him to prevent development-related conflict and to make a greater difference for the benefit of local communities in the Brazilian Amazon region.

Applied Field Experience

Amazon Peace Center, Durham, USA