Henrique Dolabella

Old Bedalian 2004

Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?

I left after Block 5 (Year 11) in 2002. Because of differences in university education structures between Brazil and the UK, I didn't need further schooling to get into university. I enrolled at the University of Brasília, my home city, in March 2003, to pursue a degree in Economics, which I obtained in 2008.

What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?

Being in Brasilia, the best professional opportunities are in civil service, which, thankfully, greatly match my interests, ambitions and skills. I started working at the Civil Aviation Regulatory Agency in March 2010. Now I am at the Environment Ministry, as an aide to the Deputy Minister. My main activities involve the design of regulations and institutions dealing with biodiversity conservation and ecosystem markets.

I then entered the Environment Ministry. After I passed an entrance examination with a hundred colleagues, we were each sent almost at random to a certain Ministry. Thankfully, I was allocated in one where I think I can contribute and which greatly interests me.

Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?

It certainly has! Greatly! Not only has it helped me in getting where I am, but it will also be of great value helping me to grow. Bedales provided me with a solid foundation to build my academic career. It taught me how to deal with diversity, how to improvise, to be patient, respectful, to understand that differences in opinion may exist even with a common goal. That's incredibly important in all aspects of social life. My memories of Bedales are as fond as memories can be.

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities or occupations since leaving school?

I was quite heavily involved with the development of cricket in Brazil until last year. I did some executive work on that front and attended a few ICC meetings. The level of cricket here is so low that I, an authentic number 11, have been regularly selected for the national squad since 2007. The tournament trips to unlikely destinations in the American continent, such as Suriname and Panama, as well as more likely ones, such as Chile, Argentina and the Bahamas, are great fun.