The Event


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
7 PM


Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle

New York, NY 10023


Celebrating Human Rights: Diversity and Inclusion


Black Tie

Masters of Ceremonies

Andrea Dellal and Francisco Costa

Special Performance

DJ Gaspar Muniz
Adreanna Easterling, Maurice Evans, Axel Marina, Robert Reutman


Lea Cerezo Honoree BrazilFoundation Gala NY

Lea T, Model and LGBTQ Rights Activist
Lea T is a model and activist for LGBTQ rights, openly discussing her experiences regarding identity and gender in fashion as well as in her personal life. She was the first transgender celebrity to participate in an Olympic opening ceremonies, representing Brazil in the grand march at the Rio 2016 games. She has participated in campaigns for fashion brands including Givenchy, Benetton and Redken, and appeared on the covers of magazines including Vogue Paris, Love, Glamour Italia, Marie Claire and Vogue Brasil. “There was a lot of resistance in the fashion world. When I saw myself in ads for a French brand, I right away thought of all the girls who didn’t have this opportunity. I then promised that I would defend this cause” – noted Lea in a recent interview with Pedro Bial.

Museu do Amanhã, IDG
The Museu do Amanhã, voted the best museum in South and Central America by the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, was inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro in 2015. It created the Trans-Respect program in May 2017 through the Institute of Development and Management (IDG). The program provides professional resources for trans men and women, providing them vocational and educational training plans. The program has already helped five trans professional to be hired, who now work in the Museum’s operations areas. The initiative works in partnership with the Special Coordination of Sexual Diversity and the Secretariats of Culture and Social Assistance and Human Rights in the city Rio de Janeiro.

Nizan Guanaes, Founder, Grupo ABC. DM9DDB
Visionary and entrepreneur, Nizan was named by The Financial Times one of the 5 most influential Brazilians, he is the only Brazilian among the 21 most influential personalities in the world of media and marketing according to Advertising Age, and was listed as one of the world’s 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine. Unesco’s Goodwill Ambassador, Nizan has been considered the #1 adman in Brazil for more than ten years, according to Scopen marketing consulting firm.

Nizan is also the cofounder of DM9DDB. Responsible for prominent publicity campaigns, in April of this year DM9DDB launched the campaign “Filhos do Arco-Íris”, an important gesture in Brazil, a country that leads in its rates of violence against the LGBTQ community. Continuing his support to LGBTQ Rights, the agency launched the “Kiss the Kremlin” campaign, a global and peaceful protest on Instagram, with a strong message against the violence, arrest, torture and killings of LGBTQ community members in Russia and Chechnya. Two board members of BrazilFoundation, including Ello Agency, collaborated on this important effort. The agency also made waves with its campaign “Todo Bebê é um Bebê Johnson’s”, which communicated a powerful message of inclusion in featuring a baby with Down Syndrome. Nizan has been a supporter of BrazilFoundation since 2010 when he chaired the Gala New York, bringing the Foundation to a new level.

Rodrigo Hübner Mendes, Founder, Instituto Rodrigo Mendes
Rodrigo Hübner Mendes holds a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Human Diversity Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, where he also teaches. He also was a student of the 21st Century Leadership and Public Policy course at the Kennedy School of Government – Harvard. He began his career in 1998 as a consultant at Accenture. Since 2004, he has led the Rodrigo Mendes Institute, a non-profit organization he founded in 1994. The Institute leads research, continuing education programs and civic audits in the area of inclusive education. The organization works to transform the Brazilian public education system into a more inclusive model that welcomes human diversity in its fullness. Rodrigo is an Ashoka social entrepreneur and a member of the Young Global Leaders. He is currently on the board of several Brazilian organizations.



Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro


Marina Morena

Host Committee

Alexandre, Daniel & Nara Roesler – Galeria Nara Roesler, Andrea Dellal, Cristian Goodhart, Daniela Falcão, Elsa & Marcio Botner – Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Francisco Costa, Giovanni Bianco, Ingrid Silva, Jayma Cardoso, Judge Fausto de Sanctis, Katie Ford, Marcio & Mara Fainziliber, Mariana & Eli Zois, Mayra Tozzi G Withanage & Rayo Withanage, Nana Cunha & Lucas Lira, Oskar & Nazaré Metsavaht, Rafael Cebrián, Sofia Paz, and Zé Macedo.


Ana Claudia Michels, Carol Bittencourt, Cristiane Cavalcante, Fabiana Saba, Luciana Curtis, Marcelle Bittar, Mariana Weickert, and Talytha Pugliese.


Alyson & Will Landers, Andre Laport, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Burberry, Iracilda & Pedro Lichtinger, Jay Goldman & William Lerner, Roberta Mazzariol & Jean-Marc Bouchut, and Silverpeak Real Estate Partners.


André & Solange Hübner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bradesco BBI, Credit Suisse, Cristiana Mascarenhas | In Plus Inc. & Ornare, EVA Capital Management, Itaú BBA USA Securities, J.P. Morgan, Jayma Cardoso & Cristian Goodhart, Katie Ford & Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro, Santander Investment Securities Inc., UBS, UBS Brasil, e Van Cleef & Arpels.





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