Suzana M. Padua is a Brazilian environmental educator with a doctoral degree from the University of Brasilia and a Master's from the University of Florida. She is the president of IPE - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research). She has published widely in many countries and has contributed to several governmental and non-governmental projects related to environmental education and sustainability. Suzana is an Ashoka fellow, an AVINA leader, a Russell E. Train Scholar and a Bacardi Scholar. She has received several awards: Benchmarking Person (2017); Visionaris-UBS (2017); the Wildlife Conservation Award of the Cincinatti Zoo and Botanical Gardens (2017); and Schwab Foundation and Folha de São Paulo Social Entrepreneur, among others. Together with her husband Claudio Padua, they were both featured as Heroes of the Planet by Time magazine in 2002.