Ana Lucia Villela is an inspiring leader and an entrepreneur. She is a children's activist committed to justice, inclusion and a better living for all. Her passion for nature contemplation and outdoor activities are always influencing her life choices.
She founded and, together with her husband, co-leads Alana, a social-environmental impact system that seeks disruptive transformation through programs, innovative research and investments.
She is partner of social impact companies, such as Maria Farinha Films, a B!Corp film producer that co-directed the Aruanas series, and a number of documentaries, series and other formats that have impacted millions of people around the globe. She also co-created the movement Believe.Earth for a prosperous and sustainable future.
She co-founded Alana Foundation, a United States-based philanthropic organization that sponsors the XPrize Rainforest. And co-founded the Alana Down Syndrome Center at MIT.
Ana Lucia is an Ashoka Fellow and a board member of Itaúsa Holding, Itaú Bank, Itau Foundation for Education and Culture and other companies and foundations. She studied Pedagogy, holds a master degree in Psychology of Education and studied Business with specialization in civil society organizations.