She has twelve years of experience in social policies and South-South cooperation projects. Mariana has worked in international organizations and government agencies in the area of social policy evaluation in Brazil and in African countries. She makes use of collaborative methodologies to facilitate and design projects. As a researcher at the UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), she collaborates with a multidisciplinary team in the monitoring and evaluation of projects that combine quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (focus on International Development) from Cornell University (United States), a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence (France) and a degree in Social Communication from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil). Fluent in Portuguese, English, French and with a working knowledge of Spanish.
As a middle child, she chose to live strategically in a place of balance, avoiding conflicts between siblings. Family and nature trips were a tradition. She later learned that traveling is also a way of getting to know herself and to understand her Brazilian roots. Mariana had the chance to experience other cultures, languages, foods and educational systems. This experience planted the seed of inconstancy. She keeps friendships with childhood friends because they remind her of herself and help reconnect with her authentic self. After being exposed to the arts, especially dance, since an early age, Mariana realized that the body and music are ways of connecting with spirituality. She rides horses and plays harmonica for fun.
Mariana sees the whole. She has the ability to see the big picture. Always with a curious mind, she seeks to understand how and why. She often uses her diplomatic skills to search for points of convergence, creating warm and inclusive environments. She is the hands of A Ponte.