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Roberto Smeraldi is founder and director, since 1989, of Amigos da Terra - Brazilian Amazonia, a leading Brazilian NGO. As journalist and author, he published essays and books on environment, development, sustainable enterprises, the Amazon, forestry, travel and culinary arts, as well as founded the website www.amazonia.org.br. He regularly writes opinion editorials on mainstream newspapers. In Brazil, he is currently member of the National Commission on Social Determinants of Health (since 2006) and of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (since 2000), both appointed by the President of the Republic. He is also member of the Council for Best Practices at ABN Amro bank. He currently serves on the boards of "The Forest Dialogue" at Yale's University (since 2005) and of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (since 2007). He chaired the International NGO Steering Committee for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (1989-92). From 1996 to 2004, he served as member and Chair of the International Advisory Group to the G-7 Pilot Program for Brazilian Rainforests. He acted as senior advisor to various UN agencies, the World Bank and the President of the Republic of Brazil. In 2000, he was awarded with the Henry Ford Prize for Environmental Conservation.