St.Gallen Institute of Management Latin America Team

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Boanada Fuchs - Managing Director

Vanessa has studied Law and International Relations (PUC-Rio) and obtained her Ph.D. in International Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID). As a researcher, Vanessa held a postdoc and visiting position respectively at the University of Campinas, Michigan State University, and Freie Universität Berlin. Before her appointment as GIMLA's director, she contributed to the creation and coordination of the Swiss School of Latin American Studies (SSLAS) and acted as a project leader at the Leading House for the Latin American Region. Vanessa's research and teaching interests relate to the socio-environmental dimensions of infrastructure projects, including stakeholder engagement. She also focuses on decolonial approaches and the social control of on the ground practices of rights and policies. In her time, Vanessa enjoys doing fieldwork in the Amazon and spending time with her family trekking, watching movies, dancing, and reading.


Dr. Anthony Boanada-Fuchs - Acquisition and Project Management

Anthony is a trained architect and urban planner with a Ph.D. in International Development Studies (IHEID). After post-doc and visiting positions at the University of São Paulo (USP-CEM), University of Lausanne (UNIL-IDG), University of Basel (Europainstitute), and the ETH Zurich (CASE) he started teaching at the University of St.Gallen in 2017. His research and teaching efforts focus on affordable housing, real estate developers, urban policy, and informality. Besides work, Anthony enjoys being a father, doing winter sports and nature-related activities, diving, as well as just staying home with a good series or movie.


Igor Mariano - Communications and Office Manager

Igor has studied Tourism and Hospitality (Universidade Paulista), currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing, Creativity and Innovation. He has 10 years’ experience working with people & office management, business strategies, events and customer solutions. Igor has worked with great international companies and brands on different positions such as executive concierge, operations and sales manager and also front office supervisor onboard cruise ships in the USA, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. Igor is also certified in conflict and crisis management and also in diversity and inclusiveness management. Besides work, Igor loves to travel and discover new experiences around his country and abroad but he also enjoys to stay home with his family, watching movies, listening to music and having some friends over.