Daniel Calarco de Oliveira2023-2024 Columbia University Scholars
President, Observatório Internacional da Juventude (International Youth Watch)
Shaping a more inclusive and sustainable world by empowering the next generation of local leaders to drive global agendas.
Daniel Calarco de Oliveira is a youth advocate and community leader who empowers young people in favelas across Brazil. Growing up, Daniel saw firsthand how marginalization and exclusion prohibited communities like his from breaking cycles of poverty and violence. Today, he manages International Youth Watch, a youth-led organization that provides capacity-building training in employment, technology, and human rights advocacy for 10,000 youth. The organization’s Favela.LAB program trains young people on climate action in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, and its women’s economic empowerment program has helped 200 mothers in 15 favelas. Daniel aims to apply the skills gained from the Scholars program to expand the Favela.LAB program and train climate leaders in the urgent fight to protect Brazil’s Amazon and Atlantic Forest regions.