Adriane B. Villela

Adriane B. Villela

Director, Brazil Investments
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Adriane B. Villela

Director, Brazil Investments

Adriane joined FIA in 2023, and she serves as the Director, Brazil Investments.  Adriane oversees all forestry investments in Brazil and assists with the acquisitions and dispositions of FIA’s properties.  She works with local operational teams to deploy silviculture and harvesting strategies to ensure alignment with the clients’ portfolio needs.  In addition, Adriane manages the Brazilian FSC certification program for FIA.

Previous Experience

Adriane served as the Director of Forestry Business for NGB Florestal where she supervised the forestry operations for all of NGB’s assets in Paraná and Santa Catarina, Brazil.  Prior to that, Adriane handled the harvesting and forestry operations, including:  forest protection and planning, GIS, IT, FSC forest certification program, quality audits and work safety program in Paraná.

What is your business philosophy?

Our work involves long-term vision and interaction with many people, cultures, and environments. I learned that due to the long-term nature of the forestry business, we must develop a keen sense of observation and perception, cultivate good relationships, and engage people with simplicity in actions, well-defined goals, and discipline. Create an environment with sustainable practices and actions that reflect good results.

Why did you choose this field / career path?

I was fortunate to experience the field of forestry early because my father was a forestry engineer. I have always been interested in aspects of nature. I loved weekend picnics outdoors and grew up when the sector was consolidating in Paraná, with a lot of interaction between school activities and the forestry sector. In addition, I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting people in forestry since childhood, and they have inspired me to follow this path.

What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned during your career?

In my professional career, I have been lucky to always work alongside talented and disciplined people I admire. I learned that listening, having a good dose of patience, being disciplined, learning from mistakes, thinking differently, and being simple and objective will make you a professional with analytical and integrated skills who brings people together and delivers results.

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” – Albert Einstein


Forest Engineer
Universidade Federal do Paraná, 1995
Post Graduation in Business Economics
FAE - Faculdade Católica de Administração e Economia, 1997


ABIMCI - Brazilian Mechanically Processed Wood Industry Association
APRE – Paraná Forestry Association
CREA – PR – Paraná Engineering and Architecture Council
APEF – PR – Paraná Forest Engineers Association


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