Izabella Teixeira is the Counselor of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI) and former Minister of Environment. She is also Co-Chair of the International Panel on Natural Resources of the UN Environment (IRP/UNEP); member of the High Level Advisory Board of UN-DESA and President of the Environment Council of ACRJ.
Throughout her career, Teixeira has held different administrative positions in the Ministry of Environment, in the Rio de Janeiro State Government and in IBAMA, where she joined in 1984. She played a key role in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and was appointed, in 2012, to serve on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
In 2013, she won the UN Environment's Global Champions of the Earth Award for her contribution to reducing deforestation in the Amazon. She holds a master's degree in Energy Planning and a PhD in Environmental Planning from COPPE/UFRJ.