Patricia Villela Marino is a leader, philanthropist, activist, and entrepreneur with extensive experience leveraging organizational expertise to catalyze positive change.
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Humanitas360 Brazil (formerly the PDR Institute), Patricia shepherds efforts in her home country to empower aspiring leaders to be civic and social entrepreneurs. This mission is also deeply embedded in Civi-CO, an initiative Patricia co-founded to provide an ecosystem and physical space for social entrepreneurship in a state-of-the-art building in São Paulo, Brazil.
Patricia spearheads similar initiatives throughout Latin America in her role as President of Humanitas360 Institute, working to transform communities and reduce violence as well.
A former member of the founding council of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Patricia continues to actively engage with the Shapers community, promoting awareness and social progress among young people. In 2012, she helped found the Latin American Platform on Drug Policy (PLPD), an initiative supported by former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil and César Gaviria of Colombia, among others.
As a sitting member on the advisory board for the Biennial of the Americas, Patricia plays an integral role in shaping the direction of an organization, launched by Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, that is dedicated to convening leaders from across the United States and Latin America.
Patricia is the recipient of ABC Business’ 2011 POWER Award for Social Impact, and the 2016 BRAVO Award for Humanitarian of the Year.
Patricia is a graduate of Mackenzie University School of Law and has studied as an invited guest student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.