Based in Brazil, Izabella is an experienced environmental scientist and biologist by training and is an expert in strategic environmental assessment. She holds a master’s degree in energy planning and a PhD in environmental planning at COPPE/UFRJ.
A civil servant at the Brazilian Environmental Agency since 1984, she has occupied different managing positions at the Agency, as well as at the Ministry of the Environment and at the State Government of Rio de Janeiro. From 2007-2008, Minister Teixeira was the Vice-Secretary of the Environment at the State Government of Rio de Janeiro, until she was nominated for the position of Vice-Minister of the Environment.
From 2010-2016 she was Brazil’s Minister of the Environment.