Michelle Gale De Oliveira
This biographical article is written like a résumé. (May 2015)
Michelle Suzanne Gale de Oliveira is an international speaker, social entrepreneur, and activist. She is founder and president of the Gender Progress Consortium, founder and trustee of the Gender Progress Foundation, and is the creator of the term "gender progress". She is a director of the Green Economics Institute, which is credited with the creation of the academic discipline of green economics). As an editor at Green Economics Institute Publishing, she has edited and collaborated on over 25 books, and is deputy editor of the International Journal of Green Economics, the world's first green economics journal. She is also a trustee of the Green Economics Institute Trust, and creator of the Hope Health Initiative, an international push to improve healthcare, education and economic development in the developing world. Gale de Oliveira speaks internationally on themes including Youth Leadership, Women's Empowerment & Gender Progress, Green Economics, Sustainability, Economic Development, Youth Engagement in Politics, Human Rights, and Democracy.
Holding a masters degree in Human Rights Law from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Richmond, The American International University in London, she is an internationally renowned speaker, author, activist, and social entrepreneur. Originally from Chicago, and educated in London, she lives in rural Sao Paulo State, Brazil. She is married to Dr. Alfredo Julio de Oliveira Filho, an implant dentist and social justice activist, founder of an organization focused on empowering dentists to collaborate & provide training throughout the developing world.
Michelle Gale de Oliveira has been with the Green Economics Institute since mid-2008, transitioning from a consultant eventually to a director (2012). During her early years at the Institute, she travelled all around Europe and the Americas, coordinating events and workshops. For example, she coordinated an event for Green Youth and Green Seniors at the German Greens Headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and presented a paper on green economics and land reform at a retreat in Somerset, UK. Soon thereafter, her first academic article was published in Europe's World (January 2009). She began to participate in dozens of campaigns, projects and events, and was invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN, and participated in the UNFCCC Conference in Samoa, the UNFCCC COP15 in Copenhagen, COP16 in Cancun, COP17 in Durban, and so forth. Gale de Oliveira lectured on green economics and youth engagement in Skopje, Macedonia, meeting with the minister of the environment and lecturing at the university. She chaired three side-events at UNFCCC Rio+20. From 2013 onwards she focused largely on editing and collaborating on books, published through the Green Economics Institute Publishing House, and today runs the Green Economics Institute Bookshop, the International Green Economics Institute Membership Network, and speaks on green economics internationally.
In 2010, she coined the term "gender progress", defining gender progress as "a valuable notion that human progress is inextricably tied to fairness, equity and progress as it pertains to gender, recognizing that all issues are gendered issues, and also that the empowerment of women has the inevitable result of greater progress for all humans regardless of sex or gender. The concept of gender progress resulting in human progress helps bring social justice issues to key stakeholders who otherwise may minimize the impact of, for example, issues such as women's unequal pay and poverty or maternity/paternity leave. It has proven to be a powerful idea."
Shortly after creating the concept, Gale de Oliveira launched the Gender Progress Consortium & Foundation (GPCF) also known colloquially as Gender Progress. Forging partnerships and alliances with organizations and individuals around the world, Gender Progress now counts with dozens of organizations in countries such as Bangladesh, South Sudan, Guyana, Uganda, Nepal, Cameroon, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, the USA and the UK.
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., and Gale de Oliveira, M., Blackett- Ord R., (2013) Green Economics, Art, Photography and Poetry. The Green Economics Inst.
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., and Gale de Oliveira, M., Holcroft Ricky and John Stewart (2013) The Green Transport Revolution. The Green Economics Inst
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., and Gale de Oliveira, M., Blackett- Ord R., (2013) Green Economics. Greening the Food on your plate.
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., and Gale de Oliveira, Amaral S., (2013) Greening the Global Economy. Green Economics Inst ISBN 978-1-907-543-449
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., and Gale de Oliveira, M., Blackett- Ord R., (2013) Green Economics. Food, Farming and Agriculture. ISBN 978-1-907-543-449
- Editor and Author in: Chichilsnisky. G., Chow Fah Yee, Madi M., Kennet M., Gale de Oliveira, M., (2013) The Greening of Global Finance. ISBN 978-1-907-543-401
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., Gale de Oliveira, M., Gusta S., & Ajsataja D., (2013) The Greening of Eastern Europe ISBN 978-1-907-543-418
- Editor in: Kennet M., Gale de Oliveira, Irawatti D., Onggo S., (2013) The Greening of Indonesia.
- Editor and Author in: Kennet M., Gale de Oliveira, Madi M., & Vassallo C., (2013) The Greening of Latin America. The Green Economics Institute. Paperback 300 pages ISBN 978-1-907-543-876
- Author in: Kennet M. and Felton J., and Winchester A.(2012) Green Economics, Women's Unequal Pay and Poverty. The Green Economics Institute. Reading. Paperback 360 pages
- Author in: Kennet M., (2010) The Green Economics Reader. (2010) The Green Economics Institute. ISBN 978-1-907-543-029
- Author in: Kennet M., (2012) The Green Built Environment. The Green Economics Institute. Reading. Paperback 350 pages ISBN 978-1-907-543-067
- Author in: Kennet M., (2012) Green Economics: Voices of Africa. The Green Economics Institute. Reading. Paperback 250 pages. ISBN 978-1-907-543-098
- Author in: Kennet M., (2011) Handbook of Green Economics. The Green Economics Institute. Reading. Paperback 350 pages ISBN 978-1-907-543-036
- Author in: Kennet M., and Ka Ming Mak W, (2012) Green Economics and Climate Change. The Green Economics Institute. Reading. Paperback 350 pages. ISBN 978-1-907-543-104
Gale de Oliveira, M., and Kennet M., (2010) The Green Economy, in Trecanni Il Libero Dell'Anno Rome: Italy Gale de Oliveira, M., and Kennet M., (2012) Greening the Academy in Nocella A., and Kahn R., Publisher, Syracuse University USA.
Proceedings & Magazine Articles
Kennet, M., Mekonnen, M., and Gale de Oliveira, M., Green Economics and Women...The Green Economics Institute Kennet M., (and Gale de Oliveira, M.) (2009) Europe's World Journal Website. Publisher, Friends of Europe. January 2009.