Different than most other private schools in Curitiba, which are mostly for-profit corporations, the International School of Curitiba is a non-profit association of the parents of its students. As the “owners” of ISC, parents elect a group of up to nine volunteer parents, as their Board, to oversee and undertake the governance of the school.
The role of each Board member is to steward ISC in fulfilling its mission and vision statements. Key responsibilities of the Board include long-term strategic planning, protecting the assets and ensuring the financial viability of the school as well as hiring the Head of School. According to ISC’s bylaws, the Board is made up of five corporate and four local positions, elected for three-year terms.
- Attend at least one meeting a month.
- Support major events in the community.
- Support the school’s initiatives and programs.
- Be a representative of the school. Therefore, you are held to high standards.
- Confidentiality is of the essence.
- A Board member is expected to bring their professional experience or expertise to the Board and its subcommittees and work with their fellow Board partners in a collaborative, respectful and supportive manner.
- English proficiency.
- Actively supports and promotes the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions.
- Sets policy and focuses on long-range and strategic issues. An individual Board member does not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.
- Accepts and supports Board decisions. Once a decision has been made, the Board speaks with one voice.
- Contributes to the Advancement of the school, including strategic planning for development, financial support, and active involvement in annual and capital giving.
- A Board member is a representative of the entire ISC community and must subordinate the views of a single grade, specific constituency or personal issue for what is in the best interest of the school.
- The Board has fiduciary responsibilities for the financial health and long-term sustainability of the school.
MEET ISC BOARD MEMBERS
Alessandra Dabul | Board President
Alessandra Dabul is a Brazilian Citizen whose professional background includes more than 20 years working with Tax and Corporate Law. Alessandra is also a founding partner at RCA Governança, Sucessão e Gestão. Alessandra has worked for major consultancy companies, having started her career at EY, then moved to KPMG and finally Deloitte where she performed as Director of the Legal Practice in Brazil. Alessandra currently works in her own law firm, Pereira, Dabul e Advogados Associados. She dedicates her professional life to assisting her clients, mostly international corporations willing to invest in Brazil through Mergers and Acquisitions. Alessandra holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Social Law, a Post-Graduation in Tax Procedural Law and she is also a professor for post-graduation at PUC-PR Business School and Unicuritiba. Alessandra is the author of several books and articles in Law which can be accessed at http://lattes.cnpq.br/1876863434824145.
Christoph Jiraschek | Vice President
Christoph Jirascheck is an Austrian/Brazilian citizen currently working as the Managing Director of Haas do Brasil Indústria de Máquinas Ltda. Before moving back to Brazil, Christoph spent 4 years in Denmark as managing director of Haas-Meincke and member of the Board of Directors of Haas Group. Christoph is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a AMP by Harvard Business School.
Laurent Passy| Treasurer
Laurent Passy is French. CFO at Volvo, he has already lived in the United States and Chile, where he led the expansion project for Volvo Chile. Laurent has a MBA in Management and would like to bring his managerial experience to the school, considering achievements from the human, customer and finnancial point of view.
Alex Bellino | Vice Treasurer
Alex Bellino, Chief Representative – Brazil, is the senior Travelers expatriate residing in Brazil since July 2011 and representing the Company in its joint venture with JMalucelli. Within the joint venture, he is also Chief Strategy Officer responsible for overseeing and driving the joint venture’s strategic development inside Brazil and regionally across Latin America. Mr. Bellino joined Travelers in September 2001. He previously worked for Fireman’s Fund Insurance and Kemper Insurance in various positions including Claims Counsel, Vice
Carla Bordin | Member at Large
Carla Bordin is a Brazilian citizen currently working as a
José Leal | Member at Large
José Leal is a Brazilian citizen currently working as a partner of Agroflorestal Tamanduá. Mr. Leal holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and an Engineer Degree from ITA Aeronautical Institute of Technology. His professional experience goes back 28 years with 14 as strategy and performance consultant at McKinsey.
Gwenael Le Merrer | Member at Large
Gwenael Le Merrer is French. She’s graduate at Mechanical Engineer and has been working for Renault for 17 years: 10 years with engineering + 7 years with strategy and planning. She has arrived at Brazil in 2018, where she’s America’s product Planning Director at Renault.
Julian Welfoot | Member at Large
Julian Welfoot is a British citizen currently working with Hexion Química do Brasil as Senior Operations Director for Latin America. He has recently relocated to Brazil having performed similar operational management roles within Hexion Inc. in Europe. Julian is a Chemical Engineer by training and holds a
Satoshi Kayanagi | Member at Large
Satoshi Koyanagi is a Japanese citizen currently working with Furukawa Electric LatAm S.A as corporate vice president and director of Systems and Solutions. Mr. Koyanagi is an Electrical Engineer who holds Master degree in Semiconductor engineering from Hokkaido University. Before coming to Brazil in 2015, he worked in Thailand for 4 years in optical component facility of Furukawa Electric as a general manager of Engineering department.