We are women from the Global South.

Filha do Sol was created by three women leaders who were born, raised, and live in Piauí, Brazil — Flávia Maia, Rhavena Madeira, and Rebeca Viana,  with the support of social scientists, environmentalists, climate justice advocates, philanthropists, and other generous human beings living in different parts of the planet.

Dr. Flávia Maia

Co-founder

President and Creative-Executive Director

Dr. Flavia Neves Maia is a descendant of climate migrants from the Brazilian Northeast. 

For her achievements as a values-based change-maker, she was recognized as an Obama Scholar and Dalai Lama Fellow. She is also an executive manager, critical thinker, social scientist, and strategic planner with a career of 13 years in government, academia and the nonprofit sector.

She holds a Doctorate in Urban Planning and is a certified expert in sustainability, with a focus on climate resilience. She acts as a global consultant and speaker on climate change and social justice. Previously, she acted as the manager of the Agenda 2030 at the local government of Teresina, where she helped to raise and implement investments for climate resilience. She also contributed as a climate justice expert to the Brazilian Center for Climate (CBC), the United Nations University (UNU) and Columbia University.

As a scholar, Dr. Maia has attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil,  the Technology University of Delft in the Netherlands, and Columbia University in the United States. Dr. Maia is also a mentor of the Columbia University Women’s Leadership Network, which advances gender equality in Brazil. 

For her accomplishments as a change-maker, she has been awarded numerous recognitions:

  • 2022 Dalai Lama Fellow, Stanford University, Colorado Boulder and University of Virginia, the United States
  • 2020 Obama Scholar, Columbia University in the City of New York, the United States
  • 2019 National Award for Doctorate Dissertations, Honorable Mention, Brazilian Ministry of Education, Brazil
  • 2016 Erasmus Mundus, Ph.D. Guest Researcher, the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2010 Morar Carioca Prize for the sustainable urbanization of informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Rhavena Madeira

Co-founder
Strategy Director

Rhavena is a Brazilian lawyer and project manager with a master’s degree in Human Rights (University of Vienna). For the past ten years Rhavena Madeira has been working to defend socio-environmental rights and a stable climate with the government and civil society. In addition to Filha do Sol, she is also the director of the Center for Climate Crime Analysis Brazil. Rhavena has accumulated experience in managing complex projects and building alliances to defend human rights and climate justice, traditional communities and local and regional organizations that live and defend their communities in threatened ecosystems, especially in the Amazon and the Brazilian Northeast.

Rebeca Viana

Co-founder
Project Manager

Rebeca holds a bachelor’s degree in law and has a specialization in International Business Management from Greystone College, Canada.

She has worked for over eight years in the legal field both in the private and public sectors. For the past 6 years she was an immigration services coordinator for a Canadian immigration firm, where she assisted over 2000 immigrants and their families from vulnerable countries and other challenging situations in the Global South.

Our Board

Advisors and Founding Donors

Filha do Sol is expanding its board of advisors, moving towards more racial diversity and Global North-South equity. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as our advisor please reach out to rhavena@filhadosol.org

Casey Rogers

Advisor and Founding Donor

Casey, a longtime philanthropic advisor, has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, completed the Chicago Marathon and traveled to more than 40 countries. That sense of adventure and follow-though also has led her to launch The Ellen Fund; help found a nonprofit that provided scholarships to secondary school students in three developing countries; to helm the Hilton Foundation’s multi-million-dollar collaborative grantmaking post-Katrina; and to continue the legacy of a family business by stepping in as a co-owner and advisor after her father’s passing.

Erika Yorio

Advisor

Erika Yorio is Director of Membership at Helena where she engages with a diverse community of multidisciplinary leaders to help catalyze solutions to global problems, including the climate crisis. Before joining Helena, Erika spent a decade in leadership roles at creative studios. She has produced books, films, and exhibitions while collaborating with brands and institutions including Apple, Sotheby’s, Bono’s (RED) Global Fund, and the California Academy of Sciences. A former journalist, she believes cultural reading and dialogue are critical to social engagement.

Laure de Panafieu

Advisor and Founding Donor

Laure is a Partner at global law firm Linklaters and heads up the firm’s Employment & Incentives Practice in Asia, out of Singapore. A mother of four, she is a passionate advocate for a sustainable future for all, agile career paths, inclusive workplaces and compassionate leadership. She is spearheading many of the firm’s environmental, diversity & inclusion and wellbeing initiatives and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and panels on those topics. She is also the Co-Chair of City Mental Health Alliance Singapore, a non-profit membership organisation whose vision is to create mentally health workplaces and inspire health creation in businesses.

Mark Jones

Advisor and Founding Donor

For the past 15 years, Mark has been a pioneering renewable energy CEO, including for the past three creating Europe’s largest European onshore wind group and global sector ESG leader, and prior to that for five years developing a leading wind turbine company. During Mark’s 30 years investing in and running energy generation and networks, including 10 years with each GE Capital and HSBC IB, he has lived and/or worked in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, continental Europe, North America, Sri Lanka and India, central and South America, with a track record of innovation. These experiences have brought him a deep and practical appreciation of the world, including indigenous cultures, rights, and the importance of the holistic approach. Mark is a member of institutions including the Long Now Foundation, a BSc Hons graduate of Regional Science (inc Urban and Regional Planning), winner of BNEF New Energy Pioneer, and 30-time Ironman finisher, including Kona world championships. 

Thierry de Panafieu

Advisor and Founding Donor

Thierry de Panafieu is a seasoned investment professional and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience, mainly in Asia and Europe. He is a managing partner at Hera Capital, a private equity fund he co-founded. He is also a coach for a small number of senior executives. Thierry has over 20 years of investment experience across a range of industries, having invested over €300 million in 14 investments, spanning 8 countries. Before starting Hera Capital Partners in 2009, he was a partner with Vision Capital, a private equity fund with €1.8 billion under management. Before joining Vision Capital in 2005, he was with Lion Capital, an €800 million private equity specialist in consumer businesses. Between 1998 and 2003, he was with GMT Communications Partners, a €365 million pan-European fund dedicated to media and telecom services. He started his career with Banque Indosuez, Singapore, in 1995 and holds a postgraduate diploma (with honors) from Essec Business School. He is also trained as an integral coach, with a view to helping people grasp complex issues, whether professional or personal. He is a French national and lives in Singapore with his family.

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Our Partners

Our community of partners donate funds and skills that allow us to evolve. They are monthly givers, sponsor training programs, and underwrite operations expenses, staying committed through the growth of our movement.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who is helping make Filha do Sol possible, including:

  • Women’s Earth Alliance
  • Daughters for Earth
  • Sonnedix
  • 1% for the planet
  • Columbia University
  • Telea Insights
  • Obama Foundation Scholars
  • Dalai Lama Fellows
  • 2041 Climate Force Antarctica
  • The Explorer’s Passage
  • Instituto Humanize
  • Brazil Foundation
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