An engineer who started her career in the private sector, Desirée Lopes has an eye for new opportunities and experience in launching innovative initiatives, which she brings to her role as Future Skills Centre’s Director, Programs.

Prior to joining FSC, she was the associate director of a global capacity building initiative at Yale University, where she led operations, partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation for programs across six countries and an online training program. Desirée has also managed institutional and research partnerships, training activities, and outreach to reduce inequality for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

So many wins and challenges in life come from our work environment and the professional opportunities that we can reach. Having the skills to succeed in the labour market can mean a lot — the workplace is where we build communities, accomplish personal and career goals, and make a living to support ourselves and our families. I look forward to connecting with innovators across Canada and together prepare Canadians to be resilient and successful in an ever-changing workforce.

Desirée holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, where she was a Moore Foundation Fellow, and a B.Sc. in Forest Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo.

Desirée is available for interviews with members of the media. She is an expert in:

  • International economic development 
  • sustainable development
  • business development 
  • project design, planning and management 
  • environmental practice and policy
  • land use practice and policy (forestry, climate change, agriculture, etc.)
  • capacity development  
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • innovation