The Executive Board is a higher administration body that is responsible for planning, supervising, coordinating, and controlling Embrapa's activities as well as elaborating its policies. It comprises the president and three executive directors: Executive Director for Administration and Finance (ED- A&F), Executive Director for Research and Development (ED-R&D), and Executive Director for Technology Transfer (ED-TT). 

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Sebastião Barbosa

Agronomist-engineer who earned his undergraduate degree from Universidade Federal de Viçosa – Brazil (1967) and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management from the Mississippi State University – United States. He worked as a researcher at the Departamento de Pesquisa e Experimentação da Fundação Zoobotânica do Distrito Federal (Research and Experiments Department of the Zoological and Botanical Foundation of the Federal District) – FZDF – Brazil; as a visiting scholar, vice-director and associate professor at the Departamento de Engenharia Agronômica (Agronomic Engineering Department) at Universidade de Brasília (UnB) – Brazil. At Embrapa, he has worked as a researcher at Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia, as Research and Development Deputy Head at Embrapa Hortaliças, as International Cooperation Coordinator as well as Head at Embrapa Algodão. He has also worked as Senior Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Plant Protection Service in Rome – Italy and as Technical Secretary at the Global Panel of FAO/United Nations Environmental Program (Unep) and Technical Director at the company RuralProsper Consultoria Ltda.

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Executive Director of Institutional Management

Lúcia Gatto

She has a degree in Animal Science from the Federal University of Santa Maria, UFSM (1988), and two specialist degrees in Corporate Management from the Catholic University Dom Bosco, UCDB (1999) and in Production Engineering - Marketing for Corporate Management from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, UFSC (2001). Her previous post was as an analyst at Embrapa Beef Cattle, having performed the roles of stand-in supervisor of the Technological Business Area (November 1998 to March 1999), supervisor of the Technological Business Area (March 1999 - March 2008), stand-in deputy head of Communications and Business (January 2005 - March 2008), deputy head of Communications and Business (March 2008 to May 2009), deputy head of Administration (May 2009 to the present date) and stand-in General Head (September 2010 to the present date). She has experience in the private initiative, where she has worked for years. At Embrapa, she worked in the areas of communications, technology transfer, business, marketing, and administration, especially in the analysis and improvement of processes, personnel management, budgetary and financial management, property and supply management, plant and animal experimental field management, animal production management, environmental management, and information security management.



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Executive Director of Research & Development

Celso Luiz Moretti

Celso Moretti's previous post was as head of Embrapa's Department of Research and Development. He has a degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Viçosa (1990), a specialist degree in production engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2003), and a master's degree (1993) and a PhD (1998) in Plant Science (Plant Production) from the Federal University of Viçosa. He has worked as a guest lecturer of the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, since 2006; as a collaborating professor and postgraduate student advisor of the Department of Human Nutrition of the University of Brasilia; and as honorary professor of the Department of Agroindustry of Universidad Nacional del Santa (Peru), since 2010. He was the General Head of Embrapa Vegetables, in Brasilia, DF, from August 2008 to March 2013. Moretti has experience in the area of Science and Food Technology, with emphasis on Post-Harvest Physiology, working especially in the following topics: quality, vegetables, post-harvest, storage, food safety, traceability, bioactive compounds, and minimal processing.



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Executive Director of Innovation and Technology

Cleber Oliveira Soares

Cleber Soares' prior post was as General Head of Embrapa Beef Cattle, which he joined in 2001. From 2005 to 2010, he held the post of deputy head of Research and Development in that unit. He qualified to practice veterinary medicine at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (1996), where he also obtained his master's degree in veterinary parasitology (UFRRJ, 1998) and PhD in veterinary sciences (UFRRJ, 2002). He was a nominal member of Embrapa Pantanal's External Advisory Committee (CAE) and a member of Embrapa Dairy Cattle's CAE. Soares is currently a member of Embrapa Agricultural Informatics and Embrapa Swine and Poultry's CAEs. He was the coordinator of Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation - MCTI's Sibratec Network for Innovation in Animal Health Inputs. He was Coordinator for the Americas of the Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses - Star-Idaz. He is a Member of the Technical Council of the Fórum do Futuro Institute. He held the post of General Secretary of the Brazilian Society of Agricultural Defense - SBDA. In the last 14 years, he has worked in science, technology and innovation management for agribusiness. He was a Member of Embrapa's Strategic Management Committee.

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Embrapa's General Assembly 

Body that aims at promoting higher clarity and transparency to the decision-making process and precision to the control performed by the bodies below.


Administrative Board

Responsible for organizing, controlling, and evaluating Embrapa's activities.

  • Audit Committe -  supports the Administrative Board in audits and oversight.

National Advisory Board

Advises on the definition and feasibility of relevant strategic actions that are relevant for planning Embrapa's schedule.


Supervisory Board

Monitors the asset, financial, and budget operations of the Corporation.


See the composition of Embrapa's Administration.

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