Ilona Szabó

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Cofounder and President of the Igarapé Institute

Biography Ilona Szabó

Trustee at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur and a globally recognized thought leader. She is the co-founder and President of the Igarapé Institute – an independent think and do tank focused on citizen, digital and climate security, working at the intersection of research, new technologies, communication and public policy. She currently sits on the High-Level Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General on Effective Multilateralism, which is tasked with counseling the international community on how to rethink governance of global public goods. Ilona was nominated as one of the world’s top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine in 2020, and as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015. She is a public policy fellow at Columbia University, and an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She has extensive experience leading global networks – between 2011 and 2016 she was the Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs and public intellectuals. She previously coordinated the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. During her tenure she was responsible for helping shape global strategy with former presidents, supreme court justices, business and world leaders, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Richard Branson and the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Ilona is also an author, a columnist at Folha de São Paulo, a podcast anchor and TV presenter.



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