Manoel is passionate about cities and innovation. He recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a master’s degree in urban planning, with a focus on urban analytics. Previously, Manoel led partnership and development strategies at The Class Foundation, a Dutch organization focused on universalizing student living and strengthening university cities in Europe. From 2009 to 2017, Manoel worked with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, during which he brought together scholars, policy leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and businesses in initiatives that expanded research, teaching, and learning opportunities for Harvard scholars in Brazil and for Brazilians at Harvard. An initiative under Manoel’s leadership was the Harvard-Brazil Cities and the Environment, which developed and supported research on air pollution, housing, mobility, climate change, and public health, among other themes. Manoel’s other degrees include a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, and a master’s in urbanization and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.