St Anne’s alumna, climate change expert Priscilla Santos, profiled on “Scholarships that are helping to change the world”

Priscilla Santos is a climate change expert with a long track record of working on policies to reduce deforestation, and fostering climate finance and sustainable development. Her passion is to support her home country of Brazil and she describes herself as ‘a woman from the Amazon’.

Priscilla says, “I came to Oxford to study an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy and received two scholarships: one from St Anne’s College and another from the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust. One of the main reasons for choosing Oxford was because they offered scholarships.”

I am very happy with the technical knowledge I gained at Oxford and the training I received in environmental policy. The fact that I have studied at Oxford University has opened doors for me. After graduating, I was invited to work as a senior advisor to the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs under the Brazilian presidency, focusing on adaptation to climate change and long-term planning. This was an amazing experience and it demonstrates the power of an Oxford education; I wouldn’t have considered applying for such a position, so to be offered it was a great honour.

I’m currently working for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in Italy. It’s a fixed-term contract in climate and energy practice to implement a joint advocacy strategy with WWF national offices. I’m continually assessing submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on finance, gender and nature-based solutions.”

Find out more about Priscilla and her work here.