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Organizing Team

Julio Ferreira, Co-Founder, Executive Director

Mr. Ferreira is Brazilian and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He directs Sphaera International Partnerships (Sphaera-Interpar) a full-service marketing and public relations firm. Sphaera assists international private and institutional investors to identify opportunities to invest in US businesses that provide economic development while respecting the environment and conserving natural resources. 

Julio Ferreira was elected to City Council and served in various political offices for 12 years in Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was president of the Ambient Air Committee in the Department of Education and Health , Special Secretary of Coordination, Volta Redonda City Environmental Commission, and Special Secretary of Environmental Quality in Santa Rita de Jacutinga in Minas Gerais. Julio is an enthusiastic visionary who believes in a new international order to bring sustainable development to all humankind.

Mr. Ferreira provides international public relations services and facilitates strategic partnerships for GreenSource Partners. Email: julio@sphaera-interpar.com

Adam B. O'Farrell, Senior Counsel

Adam B. O'Farrell is senior counsel with Foley & Lardner. He is a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices, where he represents domestic and foreign private equity fund sponsors and investors in fund formation and portfolio investment transactions.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. O'Farrell was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where his practice focused on private equity fund formation. Previously, he was regional counsel for KB Home and a member of the tax department at Latham & Watkins, LLP.

Mr. O'Farrell received his law degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000), where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as senior editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review. He also received both his master's degree (M.Acc., taxation, 2000), and his bachelor's degree (B.S., 2000) from Brigham Young University.

Mr. O'Farrell is admitted to practice in California. He is a member of the California and San Diego County Bar Associations. Mr. O'Farrell can read, write and speak Korean.

Email: aofarrell@foley.com

Tad Simmons, Co-Founder, Treasure

Mr. Simmons is Founder, CEO and Managing General Partner of Green Source Partners, a venture capital firm for the sustainability marketplace. He has spent 13 years researching environmental technology and development, has 7 years experience as an electrical engineer and technical lead at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in San Diego, 3 years experience in solar energy sales, and 2 years experience as an independent engineering and business management consultant. He has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, an M.B.A., as well as a certificate in Global Business Management obtained at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Mr. Simmons is Chairman of the San Diego Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is a member of the Capital Formation committee of the San Diego CleanTECH trade association established by CONNECT in San Diego. 

Mr. Simmons’ primary commitment is to advance sustainable development in unprecedented and far-reaching ways through the successful growth of new ventures.

Email: tad@braseuverde.org

Djana Venolia, AIA International Associate, President

Mrs. Venolia is a Brazilian architect and urban designer. She is principal of V2 Architetura + Planejamento + Media (V2, www.squaredV.com) which provides architectural services, landscape design, urban planning, and media services worldwide. V2 has been developing residential, hospitality and commercial projects in Africa, Europe, U.S. and Brazil for nearly 12 years. In addition to architecture, V2 is known for distributing the Brazil Wood House, a sustainable, pre-fabricated tropical hardwood housing system.
She is the president of Brazil-US Sustainable Technology, Trade and Development Association, known as Braseuverde (www.Braseuverde.org). Braseuverde’s mission: “In order to advance sustainability, Braseuverde will foster and enhance green relationships in all areas, including business, clean technology, science, academia and civil society. Braseuverde will work to increase trade, and promote green governmental policies and industry standards.” Mrs. Venolia is also a self-described recycled artist. She developed a unique technique that uses plastic bags and junk mail to weave and creates beautiful tapestries. At the AmazonRecycled.com website, she displays her recycled art and also supports other fair trade companies including an important rainforest-supporting product, AmazonDrops. After moving to the United States, Mrs. Venolia founded Casa de Arte, a non-profit art program that uses creativity to convert waste materials into raw materials to create works of art. Casa de Arte is conceived as an all-inclusive non-profit business model to provide children with access to art,
education and exposure to culture, while teaching their mothers to create works of art that can be sold to supplement household income. Casa de Arte is dedicated solely to educating and supporting its members.
Mrs. Venolia lives in San Diego County with her husband, Vince, and her 9 year old daughter, Ana.
Email: Djana@braseuverde.org

Daniel H. Wolf - Co-Founder, Secretary

Mr. Wolf holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. (abd) from the University of California, San Diego. He is founder and President of Terra Segura International, a nonprofit technology company that pioneered market-oriented solutions for landmine removal. He is now President and CEO of Advanced Earth Technologies, a startup company developing robots for use against roadside bombs. He was the founding Director of the TransBorder Institute at the University of San Diego, where he also taught political science. He is undefeated in his pro-bono legal work, was consultant to the U.S. Attorney for Southern district of California, and practiced as an architect in Oregon, where he was recognized for engineering quality and innovation in passive solar architecture. 

Mr. Wolf's Harvard Law studies emphasized international law, international contracts, and negotiation; at the University of California, San Diego, he won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation (for dissertation research in Nicaragua and El Salvador), the Tinker Foundation, and the University of California MEXUS Consortium. His undergraduate work at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, included heavy doses of Economics and Physics, and he won a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Foundation for research in India. His background has given him great depth of experience and numerous business and government contacts around the world.

He has a daughter, Victoria, 9, and in his spare time he develops projects associated with public health and public safety, such as Neighbors Together (pandemic flu), Piclopedia (appropriate technology), and Revisioning Peace Action (peace studies and programs).

Email: danielwolf@braseuverde.org Resume