Marcela Ricupero – Amani Institute

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Marcela Ricupero

Team Leader, Global Citizen Year
Co-Founder, RukaFe

Marcela considers herself a world citizen and is an idealist at heart.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil and having grown up in Ecuador, she has spent the past 10 years living in Latin America and East & Southern Africa working within sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change.  Her professional experiences from grassroots up to international levels have shaped her respect and appreciation of cultural diversity in addition to her endless passion to create positive and meaningful change.  Embarking on what promises to be an incredible journey of self-discovery and career change, she moved back to Brazil from Mozambique to found a social enterprise in the coffee sector, RukaFé.  

Marcela joined Amani as a fellow (Brazil class 4) in 2017.  She developed RukaFé (a social enterprise which aims to transform smallholder coffee communities and adapt to climate change) during the immersion phase of the program and is currently pushing this project forward in Brazil.  Shortly after the immersion phase Marcela joined the Amani Brazil team as a trainee where she co-facilitated the Social Innovation course for Brazil class 5.  She joined the Amani Brazil team in 2017/2018 as a Associate Program Manager and is now working as Team Leader at Global Citizen Year Brazil. 

Marcela holds three Master degrees in International Affairs, Natural Resources & Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation.  She loves exploring different parts of the world and learning about cultures.  In her free time, she enjoys sports, hiking, camping, and conversations about anything and everything over espresso.