About Us

The Ayrton Senna Institute is a non-profit organization committed to comprehensive education. We carry out researches, train managers and educators, and create innovative educational components.


The Ayrton Senna Institute is the result of the Brazilian three-time Formula One winner, Ayrton Senna, long held dream of a country where everyone could have the chance to achieve whatever they wanted. After the accident in Imola, Italy, in May 1994, Viviane Senna, the pilot’s sister, decided to take this dream forward, founding the organization in November of that same year.

Our Story


We transform lives that transform the world by creating opportunities for every human being to recognize and develop their full potential.

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Our proposals and initiatives have already changed the lives of millions of Brazilian educators and students. In our three decades of existence, we have:

  • Attended to more than 34 million students
  • Been present throughout the country
  • Acted in more than 3 thousand municipalities in the country


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

For our work in favor of human development, In 2004, the Ayrton Senna Institute was the first non-governmental organization to be recognized as a UNESCO Chair.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Since 2012, the Ayrton Senna Institute has been the first Brazilian organization to integrate the OECD’s Network of Foundations Working for Development, a global network of foundations dedicated to promoting social impact.


As a part of our commitment to transparency with all our partners and the society, we annually publish our institutional report. Read it in full to find out details of our work.

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The Ayrton Senna Institute was created to transform lives through education. Join us in this cause and help support the development of Brazilian children and young people.

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