Valdemar de Oliveira Neto

Valdemar de Oliveira Neto ("Maneto") is impact business director of FundaciĆ³n AVINA, a foundation created by Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America. AVINA promotes sustainable development initiatives by encouraging productive alliances between civil society and business leaders and by fostering convergence around action agendas for social change. Maneto previously served as policy director of the organization. Maneto also serves as CEO of World Transforming Technologies.

Before joining AVINA in 2003, Maneto was founding executive director of Instituto Ethos, a pioneering business membership association which promotes corporate social responsibility in Brazil. Elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 1986, Maneto went on to serve as its vice-president from 1994 to 1998 and was responsible for launching Ashoka's Global Fellowship Program for social entrepreneurs. He began his career as a lawyer and was co-founder of the Centro de Cultura Luis Freire, a pioneering organization that defended human rights and provided legal assistance during Brazil's military dictatorship.

Maneto is presently a board member of GIFE, the leading association of Brazilian grantmakers, and serves as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on General Electric's Corporate Citizenship Report.

Maneto earned a law degree from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, in 1982.