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DEAR FRIENDS (open letter)

Looking back, I can say my career has always addressed social development, particularly the working and living conditions, labor/human rights and social inclusion.

As some of you you may well know, it all started with my graduation as an Ergonomist, focused on design and evaluation of working systems and their impacts on health, safety as well as on productivity and well-being. Then it went on with my PhD in Public Health, on Environmental Health.

While having an academic position at the Faculty of Public Health of the University of Sao Paulo, as a researcher, a professor and a grad students advisor, I was involved in social development issues in general and social and environmental ones, in special, in a multidisciplinary context. As a private consultant I have also developed passion and know-how for environmental and social policies, programs and actions.

Such issues have been part of researches, surveys, capacity building as well as the focus of government committees on human rights I have served and study groups for Brazilian standards (on digital inclusion) I have chaired. Also, acting as a reviewer or "ad hoc" consultant for Brazilian R&D public foundations has made me even closer to many social and environmental challenges.

While actively participating in Scientific Committees of national and international conferences, my online networking and my advocacy have a solid place in my life. I moderate various online groups focusing mostly on fair trade and universal design, that add up to more than 6,000 members.

Besides, taking great online courses (Coursera; World Pulse) is an exciting way of being updated and being part of larger communities.

Since 2009 I have also been assisting NGOs and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in grant writing and fundraising; for the latter, targetting socio-environmental calls for proposals and issues; for the former, focusing on innovation. On either side, both environmental and social challenges are present within the larger picture of socio-economic development.

My areas of interest and my abilities, my availability, willingness as well my stamina allow myself to say I am very interested and excited about being part of an outspoken community for change like World Pulse.

Yes, I want to be one of SO many Voices of Our Future.

I believe it will help me to achieve, share and enlarge my vision.
And to be part of bigger, better and engaging horizons.

Looking forward to working with you all for the promotion of sustainable and enriching ways of life in order to reduce poverty, and improve people's lives,
sincerely yours,

Ana Isabel Paraguay

e-mail: - skype: anaisabelbbp



Sharontina's picture

A perfect teacher

i love this open letter addressed straightaway to us, your dear sisters, friends and students here. Yes i include my name in the list of those students coz i got to learn a lot from you, a high profile, with enriching experiences and a wonderful journey. i see a perfect guide and teacher in you.

much love

Merlin Sharontina

on common grounds.

It sounds like you are doing so many things already! Amazing energy, Ana!
I wish you all the luck for the future and have great respect for the amount of your potential you contribute to this world. Keep shining!


anaisabelbbp's picture

thanks for your feedback!

All the best for you too.

Ruth Bech's picture


I love your letter, you are one impressive woman. Glad to make your acquaintance!

Katharina's picture

Most impressive

As the previous commentators have already stated: you are an amazing woman Ana Isabel. Your strength and drive to do the right thing is really inspiring. I'd really like to hear more from you!
All the best,

anaisabelbbp's picture

thanks for your feedback!

Let´s keep in touch!

William's picture

being a changemaker

Dear Ana, thank you for your comprehensive article. You are in a wonderful position to instigate change for women and girls by starting some programs at the grassroot level of your community. You probably already have the contacts to start a movement (or several) with a chance to succeed. You have greatly impressed me and I wish you well in this campaign and your life in Brazil.

None has enough contacts for change making.
Feel free to get in touch and discuss possible joint projects on common grounds.

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