Manuela is a Brazilian-American passionate about accelerating change in the world's most fundamental industries, namely around sustainability solutions and the circular economy. She is an early stage impact investor, supporting women-led companies focused on sustainability solutions, and the cofounder of modeDurable, a sustainable fashion media fellowship at Parsons, which works to accelerate sustainable fashion coverage by beauty, fashion, and lifestyle journalists and influencers.
Most recently, Manuela worked at Palantir Technologies focused on international business development, taking the company to three new markets. Manuela was previously an entrepreneur in the agriculture space, first as the cofounder of InstaAgro, Brazil’s largest online marketplace for agricultural products, where she previously served as CEO and CMO, and as the founder and CEO of Smart Agriculture Analytics, a Beijing-based market intelligence firm focused on the sustainable agritech opportunity in China.
Manuela moved to Beijing with a Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship in 2007 and began reporting for Newsweek and Engineering News-Record, covering environment, technology, infrastructure, and energy.
She received her Masters of Science from the University of Oxford, her BA from Harvard University in Social Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies, and is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at MIT-Sloan.