Dr. de Andrade is the founder and chairperson of Pro-Natura, the first international nongovernmental organization based in the Southern Hemisphere to specialize in sustainable development. An ardent advocate for sustainable community development, Dr. de Andrade has dedicated his career to biodiversity conservation, environmental preservation and restoration, and improving the quality of life for societies around the globe. A testament to his dedication and vision, de Andrade was the 1997 recipient of the George and Cynthia Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development, which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the sustainable development area. Dr. de Andrade was the first person in the history of this mark of distinction that singularly received both the Mitchell prize and the related cash award. He is currently also a member of CONCEC—a private-sector advisory panel for the Brazilian government—and Counterpart International and Earth Restoration Corps.