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.


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

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 President and Chief Counsel – Global Surety. Mr. Bellino is currently on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of JMalucelli Travelers Seguros in Colombia and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Curitiba (ISC). He served as the President of the ISC Board of Trustees from 2015-2017 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Juris Doctor from The University of San Francisco.

Carla Bordin | Member at Large

Carla Bordin is a Brazilian citizen currently working as a part time photographer, focusing in architectural photography. She has been performed previously was a director of Instituto Barigui, a non-profit organization focused on education for youth in need. Before living in Spain with her family for five years, she has worked as an architect at Grupo Barigui. She has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism at PUC-PR and a post graduate in Photography.

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 PhD and a Masters Degree. Earlier in his career, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and spent 10 years working in finance (mergers and acquisitions, project finance, financial audits and financial controls).