Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Clarissa is founding partner of Catavento, a private consultancy on sustainability strategy and business models which aims to influence corporate decision makers.
Clarissa has more than eleven-year expertise in advising major Brazilian companies (e.g. Michelin Brazil, Shell Brazil, Itaú, Vale , Light, IBP – Brazilian Institute for Oil and Gas) on sustainability strategy, management and reporting.
She has been a member of SustainAbility’s International Council since December 2010. She served on Shell ́s External Review Committee for three years until October 2012, having chaired this Committee for two years.
Prior to that, Clarissa acted as the Executive Director of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development – FBDS, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable development in Brazil. She headed the corporate sustainability area for almost 10 years, being responsible for coordinating consultancy projects and think tank activities.
Before her dedication to the sustainability field, Clarissa worked at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, the Brazilian National Development Bank – BNDES (adviser to the CEO) and Petrobras (adviser to the CEO and head of Corporate Strategy).
She has published a book on sustainability and value creation (Sustentabilidade e Geração de Valor), together with co-author David Zylbersztajn – a former head of Brazil’s regulatory agency for oil&gas, and she is the author of several other publications related to corporate sustainability in Brazil.
Clarissa holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC Rio.