His first priority will be to coordinate Anglican activity around Rio + 20, the UN sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro in June, working closely with the Alliance steering group member in Brazil, Mrs Sandra Andrade.
Paulo, who is based in Brazil, brings to the Alliance a formidable track record in ecumenical and social organisation, and is a member of the Anglican Cathedral of Brasilia. He has studied theology and development, especially in programme evaluation, and travelled and worked in Latin America, Europe and Africa. He speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.
His practical experience in development has included working with programmes for landless people and people of the Amazon, women’s literacy programmes, and health programmes. He was also involved in the establishment of the ACT Alliance in Latin America, and has extensive experience working with ecumenical organisations.
Paulo will work with the Church throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on development, relief and advocacy, ensuring that all parts of the region can engage in Alliance activities.
Paulo is the Alliance’s second regional facilitator. The first, Emmanuel Olatunji, based in Nairobi, Africa, started last year. Plans are in hand for facilitators in the Pacific and Asia.