Dr. Hélio Santos

Diversity Leader

Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers
and Director of the UCLA Labor Center; Kellogg Fellow Class 10

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Dr. Hélio Santos, Baoba Board Chairman and President, studied and taught extensively in Sao Paulo, where he earned a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Sao Paulo (USP).

He currently resides in Salvador de Bahia, where he teaches human development at Visconde de Cairu University and runs his own consultancy company focused on business diversity. Dr. Santos is the author of many studies and books, and is also a diversity business strategy consultant for several organizations; among them Itau-Unibanco Bank, Abril Editors, CPFL Power and Electricity and the Ford Foundation. He has been an active member of the Brazilian black empowerment movement for more than 40 years, and was responsible for the creation of the first public policy council for affirmative action there.

Dr. Santos was the speaker at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 2012 America Healing Conference in New Orleans, and he proudly serves as chairperson and president for the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity, as well as the Brazilian Institute of Diversity.