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CEI Brazil
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----Animal Welfare
----Animal Behaviour
----Animal Ethics
----Critical Thinking

People at CEI



Founding Directors

Anabela Pinto (MSc, PhD, MIOB)
Executive Director of CEI.
Senior Member of Wolfson College and Research Associate at the University of Cambridge

Dr Pinto holds an MSc in Biology from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a PhD in Behavioural Ecology from the University of Aarhus (Denmark). She founded CEI in 2002 to deliver courses all over the world raising awareness on animal welfare and environmental issues. She is a research associate at the Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge. She has lectured at different UK universities (Anglia Ruskin, Chester, Roehampton) and provides student support and supervision at the University of Cambridge and regularly delivers professional training and post-graduate courses as a guest lecturer at several Brazilian Universities.

Chris Poulton (BSc, MBA)
Director of CEI

Chris Poulton is a co-founder of CEI. He is a serial entrepreneur with a background in technology start-ups. He holds a first degree in engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from the London Business School. He has over 20 years experience of building technology businesses and has achieved a number of profitable exits.

He set up 3C Communications, a joint venture between Millicom and the Kinnevik Group and developed 3C into the UK’s leading independent credit card payphone network and pioneered the introduction of self-service card payment systems in car parks, winning contracts at major airports.

Chris went on to be CEO of Cardcast, which he built up to be the UK leader in card fraud prevention serving all the UK’s significant financial card issuers, oil companies and supermarket groups. He led its IPO on the London Stock Exchange AIM market, prior to Cardcast merging to form the core of what became Retail Decisions Plc with a market capitalisation of over £300 million.


  • Professor Don Broom- University of Cambridge UK
  • Professor Mateus Paranhos da Costa- UNESP Brasil
  • Professor Iran Oliveira- ESALQ USP Brasil
  • Dr Anna Olson. IBAS- University of Porto Portugal
  • Dr Sheilah Robertson- University of Florida USA
  • Professor Kleber del Claro-UFU Brazil


CEI is an international collaborative endeavor between people with expertise and a love to make education accessible worldwide and to a wide range of people.

Our staff and collaborators consist of experienced teachers and university lecturers, extremely passionate about their subjects. CEI aims to share this enthusiasm with those with no access to universities and are eager to acquire more knowledge and work on their own personal development.

We  aim to make this knowledge accessible to everyone through flexible modular courses, full programs and  short workshops.  CEI's goal is  to create a space to share ideas and learn from each other's experiences.

CEI is supported by an international team of collaborators, course producers, tutors and advisors.

The tutors teaching in international courses are introduced under each course. Tutors and collaborators help in the production and assessment of our courses. We also have national representatives which tutor and contribute to course design.


Oportunities with CEI

CEI is always looking for tutors and course developers to join or team. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator please send us an email with your CV.



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