Melina Risso

Brazil |  Program Director, Igarapé Institute


Risso is a program director at the Igarapé Institute. A long-time adviser to the Institute and co-author of Segurança Pública para Virar o Jogo (Changing the Game on Public Security), Risso is also a co-founder of the Agora! Movement, a member of the Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública and a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She is a former director of the Sou da Paz Institute and has worked on public safety issues for over 15 years. Her work is connected to developing and improving public policies on violence prevention, police reform, and social development. Additionally, her work strives to enhance and strengthen partnerships between government and non-governmental organizations.

Risso has led research on gun control, the use of force by the police and improvements in the criminal justice system, and served as a member of CONASP (National Council of Public Security) and CONJUVE (National Young Council) in partnership with the Federal Government.

Risso has a Ph.D. and Masters in Government and Public Administration at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Communication from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM).

Risso was an event speaker at The Dialogue.

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