Pedro do Carmo Baumgratz de Paula is the Country Director for Vital Strategies in Brazil, as well as the coordinator for the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety in São Paulo. De Paula has focused his work and research over the past 10 years on policy innovation, urban mobility, and public health policy and regulation. He was in charge of establishing Vital Strategies’ Brazil office, selecting its team and developing strategies for locally relevant projects and practices.
Before joining Vital Strategies, de Paula lectured in law at his alma mater, the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, practiced administrative and regulatory law, and consulted on regulatory issues. His achievements include helping develop a comprehensive road safety plan that will guide the São Paulo’s actions for the next decade, and fostering the improvement of policymaking by the systematic use of data. He also worked as a research assistant for the National Institute of Applied Economics, helping to provide innovative tools for policy implementation in the creation of the city of São Paulo’s most recent Master Plan (2014). In addition to his work at Vital Strategies, he is currently a lecturer at Fundação Getúlio Vargas where he teaches urban development and regulation courses at the law school’s graduate executive program.
He holds an LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, and a M.Sc. in Economic Law and Political Economy from the University of São Paulo’s Law School, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate.