Fátima Mello is a program officer in the Ford Foundation office in Brazil. She has been working for more than 30 years in the domestic and international community of civil society networks active in social, gender, racial and environmental justice, human rights and democratic governance. She has been active in advocacy for social justice and civil society organizing in Brazil with a focus on gathering diverse players and cross-sectoral agendas aiming at fighting inequalities and achieving a broader impact in policy making.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for 22 years at the Brazilian NGO FASE—Solidarity and Education, as a team member, program coordinator and national executive director. During this period, she was in charge of coordinating several collective initiatives such as the Peoples Summit parallel to the UN Rio+20 conference and also networks on trade and multilateral institutions. For nine years she was a researcher focused on inequalities at IBASE (Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analysis). She also worked as a researcher on human rights defenders at Amnesty International Brazil
Fátima is a historian with a master’s degree in international relations at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro where she was a teacher on international cooperation. She is also a PhD candidate there, writing her thesis on Brazilian foreign policy.