Global Advisory Council

The Global Advisory Council (GAC) was created to support the governance, strategic direction and development of the group’s companies in a comprehensive spectrum of areas such as purpose, corporate citizenship and sustainability. 

Linked to the Odebrecht S.A.’s Board of Directors, the Global Advisory Council includes thought leaders from Brazil and various other countries with experience in business, civil society organizations, academia, and multilateral and governmental institutions.

The Advisory Council’s functioning is based upon an annual ongoing program, which includes holding at least two annual meetings, during which its members hold working meetings with the Board of Directors of Odebrecht S.A. and a seminar with leaders from the entire Group.

Learn more about the members of the Global Advisory Council:

Sergio Foguel, Chairman 

Member of the Board of Directors of Odebrecht S.A., chairman of the Global Advisory Council and coordinator of the Board’s Compliance Committee. He served as senior vice-president of Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning and Human & Organizational Development from 1977 to 2001. He has been member of many other international councils. He studied and conducted research into learning and organizational development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Harvard University. He holds an M.Sc. in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Claudio Valladares-Padua 

Co-founder and vice-president of the Ecological Research Institute (IPÊ), Dean of the Environmental Conservation and Sustainability School of Higher Learning and a retired professor from the University of Brasília (UnB). He is a member of Fibria’s sustainability council and Natura’s Amazon Program. He also conducts research at Columbia University in New York. With a background in Business Administration and Biology, he holds a Ph.D at the University of Florida.


Georg Kell 

Founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary initiative for corporate sustainability. Chairman of Arabesque Partners, an Anglo-German asset management firm that integrates environmental, social, and governance data with quantitative investment strategies. Also Chair of the VW Sustainability Council. Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” every year since 2011.


Jermyn Brooks

Chairs the Business Advisory Board of Transparency International (TI) and the Steering Committee of the Siemens Integrity Initiative conducted by the TI-Secretariat, Berlin. After a successful career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he started to work at TI in 2000, where he has held various positions, including executive officer and board member. As Chair of a multistakeholder steering committee he played a key role in the creation of the key anti-corruption standard for business, the Business Principles for Countering Corruption.


Lynn S. Paine

Professor and former Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School (HBS). She has written widely on the leadership and governance of companies that meld high ethical standards with outstanding financial results. She currently teaches in the MBA program of HBS, where she co-founded the required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability. She holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a doctorate in moral philosophy from Oxford University.


Mark Moody-Stuart

Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the UN Global Compact. A director of Saudi Aramco since 2007, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Shell Group from 1998 to 2001 and of Anglo American from 2002 to 2009. After receiving a doctorate in Geology from Cambridge University, he worked for Shell in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Author of “Responsible Leadership – Lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics”.


Rubens Ricupero

A member of the Board of Directors of Odebrecht S.A. since 2004, he was Dean of the Economics and International Relations School of the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) from 2005 to 2017, and is currently Dean for Corporate Affairs at FAAP. A career diplomat, he retired after heading the Brazilian embassies in Geneva, Washington and Rome. He served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Environment. From 1995 to 2004, he served as Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in Geneva.


Tensie Whelan

Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business and former President of the Rainforest Alliance, one of the most important international organizations to promote business with sustainability, currently present in more than 60 countries. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and has served on numerous advisory boards, such as Unilever’s Sustainability Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board.


Vinod Thomas

Professor at the University of Singapore and at the Asian Institute of Management, in Manila, the Philippines. Former Director-General of Independent Evaluation Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Vice-President of the same area at the World Bank, where he also served as director for Brazil and as vice-president. He joined the World Bank in 1976 and has served in various positions. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.


* Newton de Souza, former member of the Board of Directors and former Chief Executive Officer of Odebrecht S.A., was a member of the Global Advisory Council from its inception until Jun/18