Ambipar, a leading Brazilian multinational in environmental management, signed an academic-scientific cooperation agreement with the Production Engineering course at the School of Engineering of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM). The objective is to develop professionals, knowledge and technology to promote waste recovery and the circular economy. The partnership will promote teaching, research and outreach activities focusing on aspects that promote the circular economy.
In terms of education, Ambipar will offer guided tours of the Group’s companies, classes and lectures by company professionals for students in Mackenzie’s undergraduate and graduate courses, and the development of pedagogical content based on the conglomerate’s companies. In research, it will offer scholarships for scientific and technological initiation and master’s scholarships, in addition to funding research projects. And, in extension, it will promote support for socio-environmental projects capable of increasing the positive impacts of UPM and Ambipar on society.
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The person responsible for the project is the director of sustainability at Ambipar, Rafael Tello, graduated in Economic Sciences from UFMG, specialized in International Business from Fundação Dom Cabral and with an MBA in Sustainability Management from Leuphana Universität (Lüneburg, Germany).
Tello also attended the International Leadership Training in “Sustainable Management by InWent and Sustainability Applied to Business: Guidelines for Managers” by Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Founder and director at Watu Sustentabilidade, a company acquired by Ambipar in November 2020, he has worked for more than ten years as a professor at Fundação Dom Cabral and is coordinator of the Challenge 2030 Network and the Hub ODS MG. Throughout his career he worked on projects related to sustainability, entrepreneurship, regional development and cooperativism.
“We aim to make Brazil a reference in circular economy. For this, we are establishing partnerships with higher education institutions capable of collaborating in the development of the scientific and technological bases to achieve this purpose”, says Tello. “My expertise as a professor and the work I do at Ambipar motivate me to develop projects that address ESG in various spheres. We believe that this will be the first of many projects with universities throughout Brazil”, he concludes.
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