Team

Dedicated global team members in London (UK), São Paulo and Minas Gerais (Brazil) are working together to support community-led reforestation and agroforestry programmes.

Danny Diskin

Danny is interested in the regenerative powers of nature, both in terms of how degraded land can recover its biodiversity and how forests improve the physical, psychological and economic health of the people who learn their secrets. He spent nearly three years in Brazil, including time in the Amazon and in Minas Gerais. His background is in teaching, writing and hypnotherapy. His future is in the trees.

Wender Guedes

Wender is an agricultural engineer who has been providing technical assistance to rural properties in Minas Gerais for the past three years on behalf of SENAR (Brazil’s national rural learning service). He started his career with the Rural Mineira Foundation branch of the government implementing projects to revitalise water systems in the basins forming the São Francisco River. This included the construction of rainwater catchment basins, fencing off springs and streams to keep out cows and allow the vegetation to return, and terracing of degraded areas to improve water availability and soils.

Madalina Kaiser

Madalina is an entrepreneur and business management strategist, with a corporate background in marketing and advertising. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and International Affairs. Madalina has a deep interest in art, philosophy and spirituality and her love of nature, trees and people attracted her to RAIN. Her concern about the climate crisis has motivated her to commit time and energy to helping life on Earth heal and prosper.

Thomas Hamre

Thomas is an international policy and climate advisor with a MSc in Climate Change Management. He has worked as a consultant in the climate change and food security policy sector in the UK, Norway and Brazil, advising on decarbonisation strategies. Thomas has played an role in facilitating the development of scalable agroforestry projects in Brazil to help build climate resilience in vulnerable areas.

Nina Lys de Abreu Nunes

Nina is a biologist with an MSc in Botany and a PhD in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro studying "Conservation Strategies for Biodiversity: analysis and assessment of Brazilian Environmental Policies". Nina’s international studies include placements at Edinburgh University and Kew Gardens, and she is currently working at the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro.

Aaron Tanner

Aaron is a water and sanitation consultant with international experience over the past decade delivering projects for UNICEF and NGOs in developing and developed countries.
He is skilled in relationship building and creating strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, international organisations and local
communities. Aaron has a PhD in the sustainable adoption of water utilities from the UK’s Cranfield University.

Mariana Maciel de Albuquerque

Mariana is a biologist, environmental scientist and masters student with an interest in agroforestry and agroecological gardens. She has worked in the field of agroecology and permaculture since 2007, being co-founder and project coordinator for an experimental agroforestry system. With a diploma in 'Construction Design' and 'New Small Business Management', Mariana has experience in environmental education, consulting and design for sustainability, politics, participatory methodologies and project design.

Paul Browne

Paul is a communications professional and expert in media relations, public affairs and digital communications. He is passionate about working on projects delivering a community or social benefit and for organisations reducing our impact on the planet.

Sophie Preece

Sophie is head of faculty and a geography teacher in Bristol, UK. Her passion is in persuading both students and teachers that positive change can happen when people learn about the environment, think creatively and work together. Sophie joined RAIN because she believes the organisation illustrates these principles perfectly, and is working to integrate our activities with the UK schools curriculum and to facilitate direct relationships between students in the UK and Brazil.

Márcio Luiz Morais Araújo Júnior

Márcio is an entrepreneur, software developer and solutions architect. He is Chief Technology Officer at Brazilian technology company, Aduana Web Soluções em Software. As co-founder, he designed the organisation’s technology systems, including programming language, framework selection, development operations architecture and implementation, software architecture and solution design. He travels widely in Brazil, assisting with environmental and socio-economic projects, and believes that technology can play a key role environmental regeneration.

Viviane Vasques de Barros

Vivi trained in nursing, permaculture and Waldorf pedagogy. As the founder of environmental education outreach organisation Flor e Ser, she has taught in the favelas of Sao Paulo and some of the poorest rural regions of Minas Gerais. She coordinates educational programs of permaculture and agroecology at the garden she grew on a degraded pasture, and guides young people getting their hands dirty with embodied learning.