“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire
May is a sustainability practitioner, educator and designer. Based at the UN Habitat Best Practice Designation, Findhorn Ecovillage, since 1992, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators delivering capacity building activities in 41 countries in the most different stages of development and in both urban and rural contexts.
Awarded one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row, she currently serves as Gaia Education Chief Executive and UNITAR Fellow. An accomplished facilitator of international think-tanks, roundtables and training programmes May is an inspirational teacher for many. With a cross-cultural experience in both Global North and South she has specialised in working with intergovernmental agencies, educational institutions and the United Nations in the creation of policy guidelines for sustainable development.
She has a diploma in Climate Change Diplomacy and an MSc in Spatial Planning.
|Academic Titles||MSc Spatial Planning|
|Teaching language||English, Portuguese|
|EDE/GEDS Facilitated||Findhorn, Scotland x 11
UMAPAZ, São Paulo x 6
Gaia Rio, Brazil x 5
Gaia Sul- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Insituto Caminho do Meio, Brazil x 3
Gaia Curitiba, Brazil x3
Ecobairro Salvador, Brazil x 2
Gaia Brasília, Brazil
Amagaia, Céu do Mapiá, Amazon, Brazil
Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Brazil
Gaia Transition Brasilândia, Brazil
Middle East Technical University, Turkey x 2
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey
Espacio E.C.O., Argentina
Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Siddarth Village Orissa, India
Son Rul-lan, Mallorca, Spain
Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development, Bangladesh
Podor Region, Senegal