International Master in Sustainable Development & Corporate Responsibility (IMSD), EOI Business School, Madrid
"Leonardo Martins Dias co-facilitated a powerful workshop on community empowerment for students on the IMSD course at EOI. Drawing upon his work in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Léo reinforced the importance of community leadership in promoting sustainable change. His open and straight-forward approach is both refreshing and inspiring. He "tells it like it is" and, in doing so, transmits a passion for his work shich is infectious."
Leda Stott, Academic Director, International Master in Sustainable Development & Corporate Responsibility (IMSD), EOI Business School, Madrid
"Léo Dias is an architect of complex bridges. He designs projects that connect people who would never meet: Organic and natural leaders from Rio's favelas and private companies with a social agenda. Leonardo's innovative bridges sustain the dialogue in the diveded city of Rio de Janeiro."
Renato Pereira, Strategies Head, Prole - Brazil
"Leonardo Martins Dias initiative to support young grassroots leaders from communities is key, it's a unique chance to integrate favelas' inhabitants in society. Léo Dias brought Spanish TV to record a documentary about our Community and the work we do inside it, giving us international visibility, amplifying our opportunities. That is very important to us. In addition, Léo gave us voice in the documentary and we could express ourselves and share our thoughts with the whole world. This way of empowering grassroots leaders, in which we are the protagonists of our own change is fundamental to our development and enhances community inhabitant's self esteem, in addition we enhance our networks."
Charles Siqueira, Morro dos Prazeres Community Leader reponsible for Galera NGO - Brazil
"Leonardo was selected in a worldwide program to accelerate high potential professionals carreers I was coordinating from Human Resources area in Telefónica. I admire Leonardo's courage to leave the comfort of a stable position at Global Projects Direction in Telefónica Headquarter to develop a career that brought him to this point. He is totally committed to building a better world and throws all his energies into this dream!"
Françoise Trapenard, President, Fundação Telefónica Vivo - Brazil / Spain
"I had the pleasure of delivering workshops with Léo in RIO+20 and work with him in a program he developed in favela Vila Cruzeiro. I am astounded by Leo's ability to find solutions for communities in a way that builds capacity, grows relationships and creates unique partnerships. He works tirelessly to establish win-win situations for local communities, organizations and businesses - often in ways that are totally unique. Because of his important work, communities are seeing benefits today, but are also establishing a foundation to thrive in the future."
John Lewis, President, LEAD Canada and President, Intelligent Futures - Canada