João Doria Headshot

João Doria

Governor of São Paulo

João Doria is the current Governor of the State of São Paulo, elected in November 2018. He was previously the Mayor of the City of São Paulo (2017/2018). A business executive, journalist and advertising professional, Doria founded GRUPO DORIA and LIDE – Group of Business Leaders. Between 2008 and 2012, João Doria figured in ISTOÉ Magazine’s list of 100 most influential personalities in Brazil. In 2014, he was elected as one of the 100 leaders with best reputation in Brazil, in a research conducted by Merco, a European company, and published in Brazil by exame.com. In May 2017, Doria was conferred the award of “Person of the Year” in New York, United States, by the Brazilian American Chamber. During his mandate as Mayor in the City of São Paulo, João Doria innovated as a public administrator. He forfeited his wages and donated it to institutional charities.

With a focus on combatting bureaucracy and corruption, he promoted the digitalization of administrative processes and conducted a large cut on expenditures in order to bolster the efficiency of the city’s public administration. He digitalized the municipal administration and launched an unprecedented public-private partnerships program in the Capital of the State of São Paulo. In the State of São Paulo, his mandate maintains the same tripod that guided his actions as Mayor: decentralization, efficiency and transparency.

In three months as Governor, Doria continues to donate his wages and focalized advances in health, education, public security, popular housing and social assistance. He announced the hiring of new professors and police officers to strengthen the police force. He transferred 22 leaders of the largest criminal faction in the country to federal prisons and invested in the prevention of violence against women. The successful “Corujão da Saúde” program was expanded towards other municipalities in the State of São Paulo. A liberal, João Doria developed a bold program of concessions and privatizations for his government in the State of São Paulo. The program encompasses 221 areas of public-private partnerships, amongst which, highways, railroads, waterways, ports, airports, ferry services, forest parks and the zoological garden.