Daniela Mercury has long been involved in a variety of projects from cultural sustainability in Brazil’s most remote regions to speaking out on environmental issues. The Pearl of Brazil, who is as passionate about social change as she is about maintaining Brazil’s unique heritage, will headline Rio+Social on June 19. On the eve of the UN’s Rio 20+ summit, Mercury, who is still a UNICEF ambassador for Brazil, will speak with other leaders including Richard Branson and former Colorado Senator Timothy Wirth. The discussions during Rio+Social will explore the role of social media and technology in sustainable development. To learn more about the Rio+Social project as well as to register, visit the Rio+Social portal.

Photo of Daniela Mercury performing in Los Angeles last year courtesy Leon Kaye.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.