Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, President, BRACELPA, Brazil
Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, who has extensive experience in negotiating with governments and international markets, was instated as the CEO and Executive President of the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa) in September 2007. In Brazil, her role is to negotiate public and industrial policies that drive the growth of companies and the expansion of the industry’s participation in global trade, communicate the good practices of pulp and paper companies on national and international levels; strengthen the industry’s image; and debate issues related to this sector with government authorities and the National Congress, are among the main action strategies of her position.
As the Brazilian pulp and paper industry’s representative at the United Nations Organization’s Food and Agricultural Administration (FAO) and at the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA), Elizabeth faces a major challenge on the international scope: namely, to favorably position the industry’s planted forests in the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently the biggest multilateral negotiation involving more than 200 countries in the search for a global climate policy.
Elizabeth de Carvalhaes began her professional career at Volkswagen Brazil. She also held the position of vice-president of the Associação Nacional de Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (ANFAVEA), the Brazilian Automotive Industry Association.