The Ayrton Senna Institute is non-profit organization founded in 1994 to provide opportunities for Brazilian students to develop their potential through quality education.

Ayrton Senna was one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. Beside his passion for speed, Ayrton was passionate about Brazil. He longed for a country where everyone had the opportunity to be winners, but he knew that possibility was far from most Brazilians’ reality.

Two months before his fatal car accident in Imola, Italy, Senna shared with his sister, Viviane Senna, his ambition to do something great for the future of Brazilians, especially for Children and Youth.

This dream was reinforced by Viviane Senna, who already worked for human development as a psychologist and also wanted to do more for younger generations.

Ayrton Senna did not live to participate in the construction of this project, but Viviane Senna and her family decided to carry the dream forward.

The Ayrton Senna Institute is today one of the largest non-profit institutions in Brazil and supports thousands of Brazilian students and teachers with quality education.





The Ayrton Senna Institute develops educational programs that empower students and teachers for an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

We also work directly with governments and the third sector to influence public policies for the 21st century education.

Why is education a big problem in Brazil?



UNESCO Chair of Education and Human Development

The purpose of the Chair established in 2004 is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of education and human development. It is a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the Institute and other institutions of the world. We were the first non-governmental organization to receive this recognition, up to now only granted to universities.


OECD Partner

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development invited Ayrton Senna Institute to join its group of partner organizations. We were the first Brazilian organization in NetFWD [Net Forward], a global network of foundations dedicated to promoting social impact.