Tasso Azevedo is a forestry and climate change consultant and social entrepreneur. He was the founder and director of the Brazilian NGO Imaflora (Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification), Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment in Brazil, the Secretary General of National Forest Commission and the first Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service. Tasso was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation of Brazil’s National Plan to Combat Deforestation in the Amazon, resulting in a more than 75 percent decline in deforestation in the region, as well as the Amazon Fund and the identification of Brazil's targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tasso graduated from the School of Agriculture at the University of São Paulo and also serves as a board member of Imazon, Imaflora, Planeta Sustentável and the REDD Task Force. He also teaches post-graduate programs at the Fundação Instituto de Administração, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Pontificia Universidade Católica, Fundação Don Cabral and UniEthos.