L o a d i n g . . .
About
WTT
Over more than a decade, WTT has played a crucial role in developing and supporting various innovative mechanisms, from disruptive technological solutions to technical documents aimed at public policies for science, technology, and innovation. The organization focuses its efforts on several agendas, including regenerative agriculture, bioeconomy, and rural sanitation.

Download the WTT annual activity report [2023] here

World-Transforming Technologies (WTT) is a non-profit organization created in 2012 within the Avina Foundation ecosystem to initially work with innovative individuals whose scientific and technological projects had high potential for large-scale impact. In the early years, WTT was supported by organizations such as the Good Energies Foundation and Instituto Arapyaú, which joined Avina to strengthen the initiative. Disruptive technologies were the focus of WTT, helping scientists overcome the “valley of death” of innovation. From this time, the link with PERA Complexity, an initiative dedicated to the development of energy, desalination, and encryption technologies, remains to this day.

In a second phase, WTT began adopting the impact challenge methodology in its projects. For this, the team goes into the field to talk to communities and understand experiences from different territories, then selects and pilots innovations that could respond to identified problems through open calls. Projects such as Água+ Acesso, Sustainable Cotton, and Resilient Cities stand out as examples of this approach, with support from partners such as Instituto Coca-Cola, Instituto C&A, and the Avina Foundation.

Aiming for collaborative impact directed at large goals, WTT founded the Innovation Orchestration Center (COI) in 2020. Designed from a mission-oriented innovation approach, the COI begins to drive, through its own methodology, innovation arrangements composed of special scientific teams, social organizations, and funders who, through collaborative and complementary work, develop technological solutions for mapped challenges. Technologies such as bioplastics, greywater reuse, and food biofilm are some examples of projects developed by WTT within the COI. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, iCS, Porticus, FJBSA, CLUA, and Instituto Ibirapitanga are some of the supporters of the COI or initiatives that originated from it.

Currently, WTT works with the COI methodology and manages innovation arrangements for the development of technologies. Additionally, it is dedicated to influencing STI public policies to maximize positive impacts on society, promoting broad and plural participation in the construction of political instruments. The organization also executes change management projects in collaboration with public and private entities to strengthen internal STI capacities.

With an agile and experienced team with expertise in the social and private sectors, WTT remains true to its initial ambition to promote and foster the impact innovation ecosystem in Latin America, building bridges between different actors and promoting collaborative impact innovation. Understanding innovation as a collective process, the co-production of knowledge and innovation is inherent to all WTT programs.

 

 

2024

Collaboration with the Pará Sociobiodiversity Center

Collaboration with the Vale Technological Institute

Amazon Sociobiodiversity and STI Policy

Science, Technology, and Innovation for Ecological Transformation in Agri-food Systems

Mission-Oriented Innovation: Contributions to the Construction of the New Brazilian Technology and Innovation Policy

Workshop on Traditional Communities at the SBPC

2023

1st Brazilian Mission-Oriented Innovation Forum

Science, Technology and Innovation with the Brazilian Semi-arid Region

2022

Climate Solutions Lab

Regenerative Food Business

Future of the Bioeconomy has roots in the Amazon

Methodological Guide to Building Extraordinary Teams

Bioplastic Technology - Green Polypropylene

2021

Chaco Innova

Greywater Reuse Technology

Fruit Coating Technology

Agroecologies in Brazil

2020

Family Agriculture Mission

Bioeconomy Mission

Innovation Orchestration Center (COI)

Better Together Challenge mapping

2019

Haiti Initiative

Resilient Cities

2018

Sustainable Cotton

Water+ Access

PERA Complexity

2013

BRAERG

CUP Sciences

Advanced Inovation Center (AIC)

2012

Founding of World-Transforming Technologies

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Who we are
Gaston Kremer • Executive Director
Gaston has experience in strategic relations, communities, impact businesses and in mediating different contexts. Before joining WTT, he ran a social business for energy access and rural development in countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uruguay. He has studied ethics and the governance of technology, climate finance, sustainable energy and international cooperation. He believes in technology as a social process where people should be at the center.
Lara Ramos • Program and Public Policy Coordinator
Lara has a PhD and a master's degree in Science and Technology Policy from UNICAMP and a degree in Environmental Engineering from USP. She has experience in research, consultancy and the public sector, mainly in public policy evaluation and project management. Lara is dedicated to sustainability, science and technology, with projects in partnership with ICMBIO, the Maranhão State Government and social movements working in traditional territories in Brazil.
Maria Angelica Jung Marques • Science, Technology and Innovation Manager
An agronomist with a master's degree in Zootechnics from UFRGS, Maria Angelica has a PhD in Engineering and Knowledge Management from UFSC and a post-doctorate in Human Factors and Resilience from PUCRS. She was Director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Florianópolis Municipal Secretariat for Science, Technology and Sustainable Economic Development, Executive Director of the Reference Center for Innovation Environments at the CERTI Foundation and Science, Technology and Innovation Manager at the Itaipu Technology Park. Maria Angelica has experience in the areas of Development of Innovation Mechanisms and Environments, with an emphasis on innovation ecosystems, strategic planning, innovation and co-production.
Cristiane Oda • Administration and Finance
Cristiane has a degree in Accounting (Universidade Estadual de Londrina) and Law (Unibrasil), and a post-graduate degree in Accounting, Auditing and Finance Management (Inbrape). She has 12 years' experience at PUC/PR in national and international project management, working in accounting, finance, administration, tax and accountability. In addition to her contribution to WTT, she also works as an Administrative and Financial Consultant for the Avina Foundation.
Rafael Soares • Science, Technology and Innovation Manager
Master's in Electrical Engineering from UnB with a postgraduate degree in Financial Management from FGV. He has worked in the public sector with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation and on projects with multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank. He has experience in project, program, and portfolio management in the areas of technology, innovation, infrastructure, and sustainable development, with an emphasis on team leadership, risk management, and process optimization.
Isabel Waquil • Communications Analyst
Journalist graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with experience in project organization and content production. She specialized in Cultural Management and Policies at the University of Girona (Spain) and studied Communication Science at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal). Cultural producer at the Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre between 2015 and 2023, she is currently a Communications Analyst at World-Transforming Technologies.