About us

Taking on sustainable responsibilities, supporting green projects and acting within ESG principles have never been so in evidence on the agenda of companies, entities and countries. The Amazon Science Museum (MuCA) defends the practical application of these gestures and consolidates itself as a platform of opportunities for the private sector to act in accordance with these guidelines in the territory with the greatest biodiversity on the planet.

We seek to generate value beyond economic results and prioritize sustainability linked to human, natural, social and financial capital. Only an integrated and balanced initiative between different spheres can amplify the positive impacts and thus ensure that sustainable development reaches its full potential.

Since 2018, the area corresponding to Vila Americana has been under concession from Ama Brasil – a Civil Society Organisation in the Public Interest (Oscip) dedicated to the preservation of historical, artistic and environmental heritage linked to cultural and social development. The arrival of Ama Brasil and the partnership with the BNDES mark the beginning of the project to revitalize the museum's structure and development.


Otavio Azevedo Mercadante

With 30 years of experience in teaching and more than 40 years of experience in public health activities, Otavio Azevedo Mercadante has a degree in medicine from the University of São Paulo and is the co-founder of Ama Brasil. He was Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Health in 2002 and Director of the Butantan Institute between 2003 and 2010. His extensive curriculum includes several works published in public health journals and many recognitions such as the Centenary Medal of the Butantan Institute.

Luiz Felipe Moura

General coordinator of the Amazon Science Museum, Luiz is also director of sustainability and social development at Ama Brasil – Civil Society Organisation in the Public Interest (Oscip) dedicated to the preservation of historical, artistic and environmental heritage linked to cultural and social development. He is the founder and director of MAD - Made In Amazônia, a company headquartered in Pará, which produces cyanobacteria and extracts for the superfood sector.

Camila Farnezi

With more than 20 years of experience in multinationals, including LATAM Airlines Brasil, Camila is the director of Biossance in Latin America and responsible for the launch and management of the Californian skincare brand. Pioneer in Clean Beauty through biotechnology, the brand offers natural and sustainable cosmetics, produced from bio-identical molecules derived from the natural fermentation of sugarcane. Before joining Amyris Inc. – the American biotech company that owns Biossance – in 2017, her trajectory through different universes and her multidisciplinary profile encouraged her to use creativity and analytical thinking skills as a source of transformation through awareness.

Arthur Casas

Founding partner of Studio Arthur Casas, the architect has already completed more than 600 projects, including residential and commercial architecture, urbanism projects, architecture public competitions and product and furniture design. His works are frequently awarded and published by relevant international media, in Brazil and abroad. Arthur has already participated in two Architecture Biennials in São Paulo and the Buenos Aires Biennial, and was invited to talk about his productions in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, USA and Spain. He has 3 books published about his works and trajectory.

Rosa Helena Veras Mourão

Holder at Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará (UFOPA), she has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Ceará (1993), a Master's in Plant Biochemistry from the Federal University of Ceará (1996) and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2006). She is currently Associate Professor (Level IV) at the Federal University of Oeste do Pará. She is a Research Productivity Fellow from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Fábio Carvalho

Environmental Analyst at the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and head of the Renascer Extractive Reserve in Pará, Fábio holds a bachelor's and a degree in Biological Sciences, as well as a master's degree in Genetics and Evolution from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar).

Hugo Carneiro Diniz

Dean of the Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), with a degree in Mathematics from the Federal University of Pará (1997), a master's degree in Mathematics from the Federal University of Paraíba (2002) and a doctorate in Mathematics from the State University of Campinas (2005). He was Regional Coordinator of OBMEP between 2006 and 2012 and coordinated the Professional Master's Degree in Mathematics in UFOPA National Network from 2011 to 2016.

Daniel Castanho

Daniel is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ânima Educação – one of the most relevant educational organizations in Brazil, which owns 8 higher education brands, with over 100,000 students spread across the country. He graduated in administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and worked as a professor teaching Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.