My name is Joao Scarpelini and I am an activist and social entrepreneur that works with passionate and creative people to create tools, opportunities and capacity to inspire and enable individuals and their communities to make a difference in the world!

Over the last 17 years, this journey gave me the opportunity to work in very exciting projects in over 40 countries, managing multi-stakeholder processes, community development programmes and social campaigns.

About me

I started my activism at a very young age, out of the frustration of always being told that I was too young to understand or change the world. The belief that nobody was too small to make a difference has fueled my activism and led me into an international career dedicated to empowering people and enabling social impact.

Learn more about my journey here!


Over the last 17 years, I gained substantive experience managing intergenerational programmes, coordinating research and policy development, organising events, designing trainings and overseeing strategic communication campaigns. I have managed a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives for the public and private sectors, the United Nations, NGOs and the media.

You can find more about my work experience here!

You can also check out some of the initiatives and publications I’ve worked on, and some of the events I’ve spoken at!

In the media

My work has been featured on media including CNN, BBC, MTV, Forbes, Huffington Post, VEJA, Globo, CAPRICHO, among others.

You can read some of the features here or watch some of the video interviews.