Johannes serves as the Executive Director of Good Energies Foundation, based in Zug (Switzerland). The mission of Good Energies is to prevent and mitigate future poverty caused by climate change, supporting interventions in two areas: energy (access to clean, renewable energy) and forestry (halting tropical deforestation and increasing landscape restoration and reforestation). In prior incarnations, Johannes was the Managing Director of Porticus Latin America, based in São Paulo (Brazil); and Vice-President at the global investment banking, securities and investment management firm Bozano, Simonsen, based in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New York (United States).
In addition, Johannes currently serves as a Board member of World Resources Institute Brazil, a research organization promoting environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, human health and well-being. WRI's activities are focused on seven areas: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and ocean. He also serves on the Board of Instituto Arapyaú, a non-profit organization committed to supporting sustainable development and the construction of a low-carbon economy in Brazil. Moreover, he serves on the Advisory Board of SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd., a for-profit social enterprise based in Bangalore. SELCO plays an instrumental role in improving living standards of poor households in India. He also serves on the Investor Collaborative of the Global Commons Alliance, a partnership of more than 50 global organizations in philanthropy, science, business and advocacy, with a mission to create the most powerful network to scale science-based action to protect people and planet.
Johannes studied moral theology, business ethics and development economics, with graduate studies at the PUC-Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and holding a Ph.D. from Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).