Founder and general coordinator of the Executive Secretariat
Rede Nossa, São Paulo
From entrepreneur to social entrepreneur, Oded Grajew has revolutionised business practices and set up workers’ enterprises and social movements in his native Brazil. He founded Rede Nossa São Paulo in 2007 as a non-partisan, inter-faith organization which today encompasses approximately 700 organizations. Rede Nossa’s mission is to mobilize different segments of society to set goals, build and commit to a schedule for the city of São Paulo to become more just and sustainable. Since its inception, Rede Nossa São Paulo has inspired the creation of similar movements in several Brazilian municipalities, constituting the Rede Social Brasileira por Cidades Justas e Sustentáveis. Oded Grajew is also general coordinator of Programa Cidades Sustentáveis, an initiative that brings together Rede Nossa São Paulo, Instituto Ethos and Rede Social Brasileira por Cidades Justas e Sustentáveis.
Oded Grajew has devoted himself entirely to social issues since 1993, when he ceased to be shareholder in his company, Grow- Toy and Games, which he founded with a group of friends in 1972. Since then has founded and participated in the creation of various institutions and social movements in Brazil: o PNBE - Pensamento Nacional das Bases Empresariais (1989); Fundação Abrinq pelos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente; Fórum Social Mundial and Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, an organization for which he is now a member of the Board and President Emeritus. He was a special advisor to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003) and today is a member of Conselho de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social, da Presidência da República.
Oded Grajew has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.