Hélio has a PhD and a master’s degree in Geography from Fluminense Federal University and Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and an MBA in Public Management from Leonardo da Vinci University Centre. His research themes were territorial and environmental planning policies, sustainable development, environmental justice, socio-environmental and land tenure conflicts and small farmers’ socio-productive organisation. He has experience with Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis, both as a teacher and as a researcher in universities. In addition to his academic experience, before joining Proforest he worked for eight years at the Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration, a non-profit organisation, with themes related to his academic training as an analyst and as a project coordinator.
Hélio is based in Brasilia. He is a climber, loves samba and forró, and is an all-around sports enthusiast.