The 55 Project



Adriana Machado


Ambassador: Adriana Machado

In 2011 Adriana became GE Brazil’s first woman President and CEO. Afterwards she acted as GE Latin America Government Affairs & Policy VP.

Prior to GE, she held different private and publics sectors positions. She also served as a Business Mobilization for Innovation (MEI) leader. Acknowledged businesswoman and leader by several rankings and awards. She is a LinkedIn Influencer and board member of different organization and now a member of the Granito Group, a global organization focused in promoting the impact economy.

Alessandra Gold

Special Projects, Ambassador. Designer and Creative Director of Kruzin

Ambassador: Alessadra Gold

Brazilian-born, Miami-based designer Alessandra Gold, is the worldwide Creative Director for the international sneaker brand KRUZIN Footwear and is the brand’s International Director of Business Development.

Trained in her art at New York City’s Fashion Institute (and later recognized as an alumna of note), Gold initially created the ‘GOKA’ brand of high-end, design-driven women’s shoes in the early 2000s to fill a need in her retail and styling consultation businesses. The early success and press coverage of these designs soon led to shoe companies commissioning Alessandra to design for them.

While creating lines of children’s sneakers and boots for brands like Osh Kosh and Stride Rite in 2009, Alessandra was approached by KRUZIN Footwear to take the creative helm, and since then, has not looked back.

Graziela Gadia

Social Ambassador Miami - Artist and Founder of Eyecontact with Autism

Ambassador: Graziela Gadia

Graziela Corbellini Gadia has a bachelor’s degree in communication and she is an artist with a deepest wish to help people, particularly those with special needs.

She married a neuro-pediatrician specialized in autism, Dr. Carlos Gadia. After she left all her life behind in Brazil, she started looking looks at art as her job and her therapy. She can say that her current Project – Eyecontact – Lives Shaped by Autism - was born from this major change in her life.

Julia Levy

Teen Ambassador Miami, High School Student

Ambassador: Julia Levy

"Julia Levy is Class President at Cypress Bay High School. She was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida but her family is from Brazil.

She speaks three languages: Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She has been involved in Musical Theater since the age of eight and loves every aspect of the arts. Julia is very excited to be a part of The55project where she can let both her Brazilian roots and theatrical side shine”

Karina Vela


Ambassador: Karina Vela

Karina Vela is an artist, presenter of TV channel "Canal OFF", fashion stylist and supporter of "Amparando Jardim Gamacho" , an organization that helps kids to go back to school at the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro

Larissa Ferreira


Ambassador: Larissa Ferreira

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Larissa Ferreira founded AnnexB in 2016, and in collaboration with Brazilian artists, aims to bring art of her home country closer to her current residence of NYC. She is currently enrolled in a master's program in Arts Administration and has a professional background built over 10 years of experience in different sectors in Brazil.

Mariza Versiani Formaggini


Ambassador: Mariza Versiani Formaggini

Graduated in Photography and Image Edition, Fluminense Society of Photography and Image, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2002-2008 - Producer and Photographer, Cultural Association Brazil World, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2017 - Honorable Mention - Zagreb Salon of Photographic Art Croatia Finalist - Perpignan Photo-Culture – Le Catalan – French
2016 - Winner of Photography/Street Award, Visual Arts Press Award 2016, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Miguel Perrotti


Ambassador: Miguel Perrotti

Miguel Perrotti is the founder and managing director of Perrotti Partners, an Investment Holding Company specializing in IT - Information Technology that has been doing business for over 30 years. Perrotti Partners' investments includes in its portfolio more than ten awards "Company of the Year" by Forum Editorial; Revista Exame and Anuário de Informática. In 2004 he founded Invest Tech, a Private Equity Management Fund, and in 2008 his first Investment Fund.

A "Citizenship Award" was received by Miguel in 2007 for his work as Co-founder of The Beethoven Institute, a charity and philanthropic Foundation he started in 1999 during the last two years his foundation is also investing in Florida sponsoring scholarships and tuition for Brazilian Talents at Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony. He is also very proud to be part of the Brazilian cultural committee of the Brazilian Consul General of Miami.

Olga Ortiz de Henrichsen

Art Ambassador Miami + Latin America

Ambassador: Olga Ortiz de Henrichsen

A very well know entrepreneur, humanitarian and philanthropist, and a former honorary consul of Ecuador in Miami. Served as special advisor to the Secretary of State of Florida, Chairwoman community relations of the consular corps.Founder of Broward international woman club 1975: scholarship with Nova University until today. Co-chair 1985 Miami Book Fair.

Co-founder of United Aliens Artists foundation, 1998. She works with many organizations around the world dealing with education, ecology, indigenous studies, and human rights, like Arteducarte, Fenocin, and Wisdom of the Andes Ecuador, Happy Child International and others.

Pedro Damasceno

Teen Ambassador Miami

Ambassador: Pedro Damasceno

Pedro Damasceno is a young creative who currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. By extrapolating his experiences growing up in Rio de Janeiro (his birthplace), Paris and South Florida, Pedro has been able to express musings that combine aesthetics with human action and emotion. Pedro is skilled in all mediums of visual art, from 2D collage to documentary photography. Forever curious, Pedro hopes to convey and understand the inner workings of the vast world around him.