January 2007/Present - President of the Inter American Culture and Development Foundation. Invited by Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno, current president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Washington DC, USA.
January 2007/Present – Member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Invited by Mrs. Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Chairman of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Washington DC, USA.
June 23, 2005 - Organized a project seeking the incorporation of a 7,491.87 m2 piece of land to Cinemateca, given by São Paulo's City Hall, aiming to obtain new revenue possibilities. She managed to get this project approved by the City Council that resulted in Law n. 14,008 signed by Mayor José Serra. São Paulo, Brazil.
2004/Present - Member of Latin American Entrepreneurs Council (CEAL) - Conselho de Empresários da América Latina. São Paulo, Brasil.
2002 - Founder member of Brazilian Cinema Academy. (Academia Brasileira de Cinema). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1997/2005 - President of Sociedade Amigos da Cinemateca. Since March 27, 2004 she was elected member of the Cinemateca Brasileira’ Board. During her administration, she helped raising funds to build: the theater "Sala Cinemateca de Cinema"; the first Acclimatized Vault of Film & Video Masters in Brazil that preserves all the audiovisual collection belonging to Cinemateca Brasileira (with the vault 30,000 different titles and 100,000 reels were saved from deterioration); the Documentation & Research Center and the Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes Library, that keeps historical documents, film posters, original scripts and cinema related books. Made possible the ongoing project Cinematographic Census that collects, records and gives access to information about all the Brazilian cinematographic production from its beginning in 1898 until nowadays. São Paulo, Brazil.
1995/Present - President of CDA Participações Ltda. (family company). São Paulo, Brazil.
April 1985 - Became a member of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas General Assembly. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1982/1996 - President of Actisa, controller of Casa Anglo Brasileira - Mappin, which, during her administration, has increased its selling floor from 21,740 to 91,385 square meters and from 3 to 14 stores, including the ones in Santo André and Campinas, two big cities near São Paulo. Annual income in 1995: USD $1 billion. São Paulo, Brazil.
Graduation: Business Administration with Prof. João Carlos Hopp from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo from 1978 to 1982.
Senior High School at Colégio Dante Alighieri in São Paulo from 1953 to 1956.
Inter-American Culture & Development Foundation
Cosette Alves is the President and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (ICDF), a non-profit organization created at the initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2005 to help cultural organizations become more sustainable while reaffirming the role of culture in fostering social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cosette Alves took the helm of the ICDF in 2007 at the invitation of Dr. Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB, and invited prominent professionals and patrons of the arts to join her as members of the Board of Trustees. Together, they have provided wise counsel and support to move the ICDF towards the accomplishment of its objectives.
At present, the ICFD is working on a range of innovative programs including: GeoAmericas, an online platform aimed at the diffusion and preservation of region’s the rich and diverse cultural patrimony of the region; Community Museums, an initiative to create and strengthen community museums; and the Bank of Musical Instruments, a program designed to gather and donate musical instruments for children and youth at risk.
Sociedade Amigos da Cinemateca - São Paulo, Brasil
During her term as President of Sociedade Amigos da Cinemateca (São Paulo, Brasil) , Cosette Alves organized 21 cinematographic events among which we can highlight:
* Theater, Cinema and Psychoanalysis Festival with movies followed by debates with psychologists, cinematographers, journalists, artists, writers and other personalities;
- "Outras Estórias" by Pedro Bial, followed by debate with the author;
- "Notícias de uma guerra particular" and "O Vale", documentaries by João Moreira Salles followed by debate with the author and other personalities;
- "Travessia do Escuro" and "Travessia do Tempo", documentaries by the journalist Dorrit Harazim and a debate with the author;
- "Kamchatka", movie by the Argentinean director Marcelo Piñeyro, followed by a debate with the cinematographer himself, and also Hector Babenco, Pedro Bial and José Arthur Giannotti;
- "Casa de Areia", movie directed by Andrucha Waddington with the presence of the director herself and the actress Fernanda Torres.