Arnobio Morelix


Arnobio Morelix works with research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, and is the founder of PESSOA Institute, a social entrepreneurship organization teaching entrepreneurship at remote communities in South America. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Arnobio moved to Lawrence, Kansas to attend college at the University of Kansas. Arnobio graduated with honors in economics and business administration from the University of Kansas. Arnobio also completed programs in economics at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil and global marketing at the Asian School of Business in Thiruvananthapuram, in the Southwest coast of India.

For his social entrepreneurship work, Arnobio has been nominated for the prize Top 25 Inspiring Innovators Under 35 of Brazil, organized by Revista Veja, the leading, largest circulation magazine in the country. He was selected from a talented pool of nearly 17,000 candidates for the award. Arnobio has also been recognized for his work in marketing, and has won the International EF Social Media Challenge, a competition with international candidates from 29 different countries.

Arnobio has worked on different projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The International Institute of Education recognizes international students for outstanding achievement and awarded Arnobio a $100,000 scholarship for his achievements and potential in education.

As a volunteer, Arnobio was involved with the United Nations Development Programme where he was one of many volunteers on the research collection effort for the project Brasil Ponto a Ponto. Moreover, Arnobio has also volunteered at AIESEC. AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. AIESEC has been facilitating youth leadership activities as well as international internships & volunteer experiences for over 65 years, developing a global learning environment across 124 countries & territories. Arnobio was the Head of Public Relations and lead the public relations and marketing efforts for the Kansas chapter of AIESEC. Also as a volunteer, Arnobio was the President of BRASA, the Brazilian Student Association at the University of Kansas, where he organized the largest (and most fun, according to himself) party in town.

Previously, Arnobio has worked as an International Finance Research Assistant, and held leadership roles as the Founder and Communications Director at the PESSOA Institute and Founder and Director of MIT Leadership Institute-Brazil.

Currently, Arnobio is a Research Analyst at the Kauffman Foundation. Here he supports the department’s research initiatives in entrepreneurship, public policy, and education. His main interests include entrepreneurial ecosystems, startup communities and entrepreneurship data.