Beto Veríssimo is a senior research and co-founder of Imazon, a think-and-do tank NGO based in the Brazilian Amazon founded in 1990. He holds a master degree in Ecology from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) and graduate degree in Agriculture Engineer from the Federal Rural University of the Brazilian Amazon. He has published more than 170 scientific and technical articles and 25 books on conservation, natural resources management and public policies. His work has helped created about 25 million hectares of Conservation Units in the Brazilian Amazon and support forest management for more than 7 million hectares. In the last years he has work on different strategies to reduce the level of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. He is also AVINA Fellow and Ashoka Senior Fellow. In 2010 Veríssimo received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2015 he received the Globo Newspaper Brazilian Award on sustainability.