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Fernanda Luchine Ishihara
Executive Director

A Brazilian native of Japanese and Italian descent, Fernanda Luchine Ishihara moved from Geneva, Switzerland, to lead the World Affairs Council’s programming department in April 2016. Luchine plays a key role in designing and implementing council programs that connect Atlanta to the world and explore international issues of importance to Metro Atlanta.

Over the past decade, Luchine has worked on three continents for the World Bank and United Nations. At the World Bank in Brazil and Washington, D.C., she managed a portfolio of trust funds focused on sustainable development activities, primarily, in Africa. While at the United Nations in Geneva, her work focused on climate change. She also has provided research analysis for The Economist magazine, and has published articles on Latin American issues.

Luchine has a deep interest in world politics and economics, in international development and the role of the private sector in this global debate. She is an avid traveler – with a special fascination for Cuba. She speaks fluent English, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as intermediate French.

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  • M.S., international political economy, University of California at San Diego

  • B.S., business & public administration, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

  • Diploma, corporate social responsibility, Université de Genève, Switzerland


  • Advisory Board Member, Brazil Task Force, Georgia State University

  • Chair, Atlanta-Rio Sister Cities Commission, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs

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