Beatriz Gerdau Johannpeter belongs to the fifth generation of the Gerdau Johannpeter family, the shareholder controller of the Gerdau company, a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. She is also the Vice President of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of the Gerdau Institute.
In addition, Johannpeter serves as Chairman of the Governance Board of the Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e Empresas – GIFE (Group of Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises) in Brazil.
She is also a member on a variety of other boards and committees, including the Board of the Todos Pela Educação (All for Education Movement), the Governance Committee of the Prêmio Gestão Escolar (School Management Award), the Curatorial Board of the Victor Civita Foundation, the Curatorial Board of the Iberê Camargo Foundation, the Board of the Mercosur Biennial Foundation, the Comunitas Committee of New Leaders and founder of the Geração Brasil Melhor (Generation for a Better Brazil Group).
She holds a graduate degree in Architecture and she was also an entrepreneur in this field. Johannpeter has training in Social Investment from IDIS (Institute for the Development of Social Investment) and in Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School.