Cidadis has a network of professionals to help develop our cities, counting on some of the leading experts in their fields. We always call on the specialists who are best suited to our customers’ needs, valuing them more for their past achievements than just for their technical know-how or academic qualifications.
Our collaborators have an outstanding commitment and capacity to deliver, whether in the design or the implementation of strategic projects. They all share our values and give us an edge in our capacity to work out solutions that really meet the challenges of our cities today.
Antonio Carlos Ramos
With a degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an MBA in finance from IBMEC-RJ, Antonio Carlos Ramos has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, occupying the position of senior executive with Accenture. In 2002 he took over the public sector vertical in Brazil. In 2011 he started working directly in the public sector, where he coordinated the strategic planning process and consultative board for Rio de Janeiro city. As Undersecretary for Processes and Technology of the Chief of Staff, he coordinated the development of key strategic projects, including new management models, new communication channels with citizens, strategic procurement models, technology solutions, and methods for reducing the bureaucracy of public services.
Jean Caris has a degree in economics from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, an MBA from COPPEAD, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a master’s in city governance from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He began his career in the private sector, holding executive positions in a startup and in the planning, management, and budgeting area of Vale. Between 2009 and 2016 he was employed as Undersecretary to the Chief of Staff of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall. He was responsible for introducing a new management model based on strategic planning, meritocracy, and management routines. He also coordinated a number of one-off projects, including the city’s public service hotline (1746), a public-private partnership for sanitation in the west zone, and the design of the public-private partnership for the Transolímpico express bus service.
Roberta O. Guimarães
Roberta Guimarães has a doctorate in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and has worked for the last ten years in the public sector, including as Undersecretary to the Chief of Staff of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall (2009 - 2016). In this post, she ran a number of top-management programs for the city, such as the service delivery agreement, the 2012 - 2016 strategic plan, and the Visão Rio 500 long-term city planning project. She also coordinated the Cartão Família Carioca children’s allowance scheme and Rio Mais Fácil business legalization service, the latter of which won a Sebrae award in 2016. She worked for two years (2007 - 2009) in the Rio de Janeiro State Treasury. She has worked as a professor of economics at the Federal Fluminense University and was involved in founding the NGO Rio Como Vamos.
Daniel Soranz has a degree in public health medicine, a graduate diploma in family and community medicine from AMB, and master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, where he is also a lecturer and researcher. He served as the Municipal Secretary for Health in Rio de Janeiro, when he increased family health coverage from 3.3% to 70%, having 115 family clinics built and deploying 1,280 family health teams throughout the city. He was also responsible for organizing the city’s healthcare system during the 2016 Olympic Games.
With a degree in architecture and urban planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Washington Fajardo served as President of the Rio de Janeiro world heritage protection agency, IRPH, and as Special Advisor on Urban Affairs to Mayor Eduardo Paes between 2009 and 2016. As a public policymaker, he created: (i) the legal mechanism responsible for funding the renovation of historic buildings during the redevelopment of the dock area of Rio; (ii) the restoration of private historical properties through conservation grants provided by Pro-APAC, an unprecedented public policy that won the national cultural heritage award in 2014; (iii) the Carioca Design Center; (iv) the Historical and Archaeological Circuit for the Celebration of African Heritage in the Rio dock area; and (v) the Urban Archaeology Laboratory. He writes about cities and architecture for O Globo and El País Brasil.
Large-scale events and logistics
Joaquim Monteiro was president of the Municipal Olympic Committee, the entity responsible for coordinating the municipal projects and activities for Rio 2016. During the preparation for the Olympics, he served as Undersecretary for Transport and Undersecretary for Conservation and Public Services. With a degree in business administration from PUC-Rio and a graduate diploma in sports marketing from New York University, he worked in the logistics and operations area during the 2012 Olympics in London. He has previously worked with private communications and marketing companies, like the ABC Group, one of the largest communication corporations in Brazil.
An environmentalist and member of the WWF Brasil board, Sergio Besserman has been active in the climate change arena since 1992, serving on the Brazilian diplomatic mission to a United Nations Conference of the Parties on two occasions. He was previously the President of Instituto Pereira Passos, the Rio de Janeiro urban planning entity, and is currently chairman of the Technical Chamber for Sustainable Development and Metropolitan Governance for the city. He lectures in Brazilian economics at PUC-Rio and is a commentator on sustainability for Globonews television channel and on city affairs on CBN radio station. He has been an employee of BNDES since 1988 and was president of the national statistics agency, IBGE, from 1999 to 2003, where he was in charge of running the 2000 Census.
Eduarda La Rocque
Specialized in risk management, Eduarda La Rocque has a doctorate in economics from PUC-RJ and 12 years’ success working in the financial markets. She served as Treasury Secretary of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro from 2009 to 2012, obtaining three upgrades from international credit-rating agencies thanks to measures such as the introduction of an electronic invoicing and tax payment system and a US$ 1 billion loan from the World Bank, which effectively reduced the municipal debt by 25%. She was President of Instituto Pereira Passos, the Rio de Janeiro urban planning entity, from 2012 to 2015, focusing particularly on information management and public and private policy integration to foster urban transformation and social inclusion. Today, she is one of the owners of Usina Pensamento, a company that produces and spreads social innovation, technology, and content.
Pablo Cerdeira has a degree in law from the University of São Paulo. He has coordinated Justiça Sem Papel (a project promoting accessibility to the legal system) and the Innovare award; he was Chief Officer of the National Council of Justice; he created the Supremo em Números (Supreme Court in Numbers) project; and he served as Undersecretary for Consumer Protection and Chief Data Officer of Rio de Janeiro. He is currently also Vice-President for Technology and Innovation at the Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration.
Heloisa Aguiar has a graduate diploma in social responsibility from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Between 1995 and 2008 she worked at Estácio de Sá University as the coordinator of the law degree program and of the Legal Practice Unit. In the last three years she has worked in the public sector as Fundraising Manager with the Duque de Caxias City Hall and as advisor to the Government Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro City Hall. From 2009 to 2014 she was Superintendent of Social Works for the city of Rio de Janeiro. Since 2017 she has been the managing partner of MH Movimento Humano.
Pedro Succar has a degree in engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2007) and an MBA in real estate business management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (2010). He began his career in the real estate market in 2007, focusing on business development and incorporation, which granted him considerable experience in project management. From 2013 to 2015 he was manager of the Glória Marina in Rio de Janeiro, where he was actively involved in renewing the infrastructure and adapting it to meet the needs of the 2016 Olympics. In 2016 he worked with the Municipal Olympic Committee, where he was in charge of the Deodoro sports venues.
Lawyer graduated from Mackenzie University; specialized by the Brazilian Academy of Technical Standards - ABNT in Method of Analysis and Problem Solving - MASP;
For many years she has held the position of Lead Internal Audit in Quality Management (ISO Certification) in several pharmaceutical industries - focusing on risk management - compliance.
As Public Manager in the Strategic Management Office of the municipality of Paty do Alferes (Rio de Janeiro) she has held strategic leadership and project management.
Currently serves as a Consultant in Strategic Planning and Project Management.