Vânia Gonçalves de Souza

Global Advisor

  • Resilient Networks
  • Citizenship of Rights and Responsibilities
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration

Vânia Gonçalves de Souza is a Social Scientist from Pontificial Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), a specialist in collaborative networks. She is a former consultant for UNESCO. Vânia works at Porto Alegre City Hall, in the Local Governance Office since 2007. Since then she is in charge for the interlocution between the City Hall and the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. She is responsible to develop tools and formulate and facilitate local, resilient and collaborative networks in communities living in extreme poverty conditions. These networks enable the concept of governance into practice, encouraging cross-sectoral partnerships, fostering positivity and empowerment of the communities and stimulating a citizenship of rights and responsibilities.

At the present moment she is the Coordinator of the Sustainability and Citizenship Networks, which are part of the Resilient Porto Alegre Challenge from the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. Over time, she participated as a speaker in the following events: the Sustainable Cities International Network Annual Symposium in Vancouver, RIO+20 in Rio de Janeiro, ANAMM (Associação dos Municípios de Moçambique) Congress in Moçambique, UCLG (United Cities and Local Government) Congress and Peer Exchange – Sustainable Cities International in Durban. She was also a member of the Mission of Mentoring, in the cities of Moçambique (Xai Xai and Inhambane).

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