Alan Jorge Bojanic
Brazil Representative, FAO, Brazil
Mr Bojanic, a national of Bolivia, holds a Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Gabriel René Moreno University of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, UK, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, U.K. He also has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and an M.Sc. in Political Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. He carried out post-graduate studies in the Netherlands. From 1981 to 1990, Mr Bojanic worked as Agricultural Economics Programme Officer, Deputy Director and Technical Director at the Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT), Santa Cruz, Bolivia. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as Sector Specialist on Research and Transfer of Agricultural and Livestock Technology to support the Bolivian Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Technology (IBTA) in research management, Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bolivia. From 1992 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the National Secretariat for the Environment of Bolivia, and in that same year was appointed Under-Secretary for Forest Development and Fisheries, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Agriculture, Bolivia. From 1994 to 1995, he worked as Consultant for the Embassy of the Netherlands, the UNDP and the Inti Raimy Foundation (Oruro). From 1995 to 1997, he worked with UNDP as Adviser on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Bolivia. In 2001, he was appointed Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Bolivia and, in 2002, Senior Adviser to the Minister for Agriculture. In 2004, he was Executive Director of the Bolivian National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety. Mr Bojanic has also worked as a consultant in a variety of areas relating to agricultural technology transfer for a range of international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID and UNICEF. From March 2005 to August 2010, Mr Bojanic was FAO Representative in Costa Rica. In September 2010, he was appointed Deputy Regional Representative and Head of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, Regional Office for the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile, where, from February to June 2011, and then from December 2011 to May 2012, he acted as Officer-in-Charge. In January 2012, he resumed his duties as Deputy Regional Representative, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, RLC, Santiago, Chile. Mr Bojanic succeeds Mr Hélder dos Santos Félix Monteiro Muteia as FAO Representative in Brazil.
Vice-President and Former President, Associación de Maíz y Sorgo Argentino (MAIZAR), and President, MAIZALL, Argentina
Engineer Agronomist Buenos Aires University 1981 Agricultural Producers in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina Former President MAIZAR- Association Argentine-Corn and Sorghum Vice President 1º MAIZALL President of the Chamber of Industrial Grinding Corn for Dry Commercial Manager of the Corn Mill Lions Bleek SA, Vicuña Mackenna Cordoba. Argentina Professor of Climate and Soil materials and Grains I, the Higher Institute of Education, Research and Agricultural Extension (ISEA) of the Sociedad Rural Argentina
Executive Director, AD Corretora de Seguros, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Executive Director. Lawyer graduated at Mackenzie University. Insurance Broker licensed by SUSEP, Executive MBA and Directors, formed by the Dom Cabral Foundation, through the PDD - Executive Development Program. Has been operating for 34 years in the insurance market, working on analysis and development of Insurance programs and expert in Agri-business – Sugar Mills and Ethanol Plants. Specialist Property Insurance, National and International Transport, Life, Health, Auto, Liability, among others.
Former Minister of Agriculture, Brazil
Mineiro de Bambuí, nascido em 1936, Alysson Paolinelli tornou-se agrônomo em 1959 pela Escola Superior de Agronomia de Lavras (Esal), que depois tornou-se universidade federal. Em 1971, assumiu a Secretaria de Agricultura de Minas, a convite do governador Rondon Pacheco, e criou incentivos e inovações tecnológicas que tornaram Minas o maior produtor de café do Brasil. Em 1974, aceitou convite do presidente Ernesto Geisel para tornar-se ministro da Agricultura, e tratou de modernizar a Embrapa e promover a ocupação econômica do cerrado brasileiro. Paolinelli implantou um ousado programa de bolsas de estudos para estudantes brasileiros nos maiores centros de pesquisa em agricultura do mundo. Cuidou também da reestruturação do crédito agrícola e do reequacionamento da ocupação do bioma amazônico. Após deixar o Ministério, ainda exerceu cargos de destaque na vida pública brasileira; - Presidente do Banco do Estado de Minas Gerais,- Deputado constituinte - Presidente da CNA (Confederação Nacional da Agricultura) - Voltou a ser secretário de Agricultura no governo Hélio Garcia e permaneceu no cargo até 1978. Em 2006 foi também agraciado com o World Food Prize, premio que equivale ao Nobel da Alimentação. Hoje exerce o cargo de Presidente Executivo da ABRAMILHO (Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho).
Assuero Doca Veronez
Vice-President Director, Confederação Nacional da Agricultura (CNA), Brazil
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supplies, Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil
Blairo Borges Maggi, em apenas oito anos de vida pública ele se consolidou como um dos homens mais influentes do mundo. Gaúcho, natural de Torres (RS), Blairo nasceu em 29 de maio de 1956, na família dos pequenos produtores rurais de descendência italiana André Antônio Maggi e Lúcia Borges Maggi. Com a aposta do pai no cultivo da soja em áreas inexploradas, Blairo graduou-se em Agronomia na Universidade Federal do Paraná. Sob seu comando, a pequena empresa Sementes Maggi, fundada em 1973, transformou-se no Grupo André Maggi com a chegada da família ao Cerrado mato-grossense. Em Mato Grosso, o empresário venceu as eleições para governador do Estado, com 51% dos votos no primeiro turno. Blairo defendeu explicitamente na administração pública os princípios de honestidade, eficiência, ousadia e transparência que regeram sua bem-sucedida saga empresarial. Em 2006, se reelegeu governador com 63,59% dos votos. Durante sua gestão, Maggi conseguiu conciliar o desenvolvimento econômico do Estado à difusão de novas práticas de sustentabilidade. A prosperidade social também chegou durante a gestão de Maggi - em 1996, 28,1% das famílias mato-grossenses viviam com até meio salário mínimo. Em 2008, o índice baixou para 15,8%. Blairo Maggi tem sido constantemente citado pela revista Forbes como um dos líderes mais influentes do mundo. Entre os 30 líderes mais influentes do Brasil da Revista Época, o ex-governador também figurou. A Revista Veja publicou em setembro de 2009 um perfil de Blairo enfatizando sua disposição em rever posturas e posicionamentos pessoais. Participou de encontros mundiais em prol da preservação do meio ambiente. Inspirou a mudança de comportamento de agricultores do País. Após ações eficazes, ganhou o respeito de ambientalistas. O homem que aportou em Itiquira (distante 353 km de Cuiabá), ganhou prestígio entre as principais autoridades do País com o dinamismo e alcance de seu trabalho econômico e social. Seu feito rendeu-lhe importantes ‘marcas', como ao deixar o Governo do Estado de Mato Grosso, em abril de 2010, receber 92% de aprovação popular, de acordo com o Instituto Vox Populi. Foi por essa razão, por representar a vontade da maioria da população mato-grossense, que Maggi lançou-se à candidatura ao Senado Federal. Com seus mais de 1 milhão de votos ele recebe, em 2010, a confiança da população do seu Estado para - diante dos olhos do mundo-, levar a todo Brasil sua maestria em aliar desenvolvimento e prosperidade com seu jeito singular de fazer política: mudar realidades para melhor.
Cesário Ramalho da Silva
President of the Board, Global Agribusiness Forum, Brazil
Chief Agricultural Negotiator, United States Trade Representative, Washington, DC
Ambassador Darci Vetter is Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to this she served as Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, a position she held from 2010 to 2014. According to her official biography, From 2007 to 2010, she was an International Trade Advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Prior to working in the Senate, Ms. Vetter held numerous roles at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, including Director for Agricultural Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and Director for Sustainable Development from 2001 to 2005. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of State from 2000 to 2001. Ms. Vetter received a B.A. from Drake University and an M.P.A. and Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Oncologist, USP, São Paulo, Brazil
Drauzio Varella é médico cancerologista, formado pela USP. Nasceu em São Paulo, em 1943. Foi um dos fundadores do Curso Objetivo, onde lecionou química durante muitos anos. No início dos anos 1970, trabalhou com o professor Vicente Amato Neto, na área de moléstias infecciosas do Hospital do Servidor Público de São Paulo. Durante 20 anos, dirigiu o serviço de imumologia do Hospital do Câncer (SP) e, de 1990 a 1992, o serviço de câncer no Hospital do Ipiranga, na época pertencente ao INAMPS. Deu aulas em várias faculdades do Brasil e em instituições do exterior, como o Memorial Hospital de Nova York, a Cleveland Clinic (EUA), o Instituto Karolinska de Estocolmo, a Universidade de Hiroshima e o National Cancer Institute de Tóquio. Foi um dos pioneiros no tratamento da AIDS, especialmente do sarcoma de Kaposi, no Brasil, tendo participado de conferências internacionais e visitado serviços especializados no tratamento e prevenção dessa doença. Em 1986, sob a orientação do jornalista Fernando Vieira de Melo, iniciou campanhas que visavam ao esclarecimento da população sobre a prevenção à AIDS, primeiro pela rádio Jovem Pan AM e depois pela 89 FM de São Paulo. Na Rede Globo, participou das séries sobre o corpo humano, primeiros socorros e combate ao tabagismo exibidas no Fantástico. Desde 1996, em programas produzidos pela CBI e veiculados pelo Canal Universitário e pela TV Senado, entrevista especialistas que discutem assuntos de saúde em diferentes áreas. Em 1989, iniciou um trabalho de pesquisa sobre a prevalência do vírus HIV na população carcerária da Casa de Detenção do Carandiru e até a desativação do presídio, em setembro de 2002, trabalhou como médico voluntário dentro da cadeia. Com a colaboração de Paulo Garfunkel e Libero Malavoglia, supervisionou a edição da revista em quadrinhos, O Vira-Lata, que chegou ao oitavo número como parte de um programa de prevenção à AIDS dentro da cadeia. Atualmente, dirige no rio Negro um projeto de bioprospecção de plantas brasileiras com o intuito de obter extratos para testá-los experimentalmente em células tumorais malignas e bactérias resistentes aos antibióticos. Esse projeto é apoiado pela FAPESP e realizado nos laboratórios da UNIP (Universidade Paulista).
Erasmo Carlos Battistella
President of the Board, Aprobio, Associação dos Produtores de Biodiesel do Brasil, Brazil
Executive Director, International Grains Council (IGC), United Kingdom
Etsuo Kitahara was appointed Executive Director of the International Grains Council (IGC) in February 2006. Before joining the IGC, he served as the Vice-President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He started his career at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1974, where he held a number of senior positions including as Director for GATT Affairs (1989-1993), and as Permanent Representative of Japan to the FAO in Rome (1996-1999). He has an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo. He has also taken Master courses in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis.
Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda
General Head, EMBRAPA Monitoramento de Satélite, Campinas, Brazil
Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda is from São Paulo, agronomist, has a master’s degree and doctorate in ecology by the University of Montpellier (France). A member of various scientific societies, with hundreds of papers published in Brazil and abroad, he is the author of 35 books. A researcher of Embrapa since 1980, a specialist territorial management in agriculture, he directed and implemented three national research centers. He was a coordinator at the Secretary of Institutional Follow-up and Studies of the Presidency of the Republic. Currently, he heads the Strategic Territorial Intelligence Group of Embrapa.
Executive Director, APLA, Brazil
Business Administrator. Executive Director of the Local Productive Arrangement of Alcohol (Ethanol Cluster). Executive Director of the Bioenergy Technological Park Piracicaba. Project Manager of a Promotion program of our machines, equipment and services of the productive sector linked to the Sugar Cane industry in overseas markets in partnership with APEX - Agency for Development and Investment in Brazil, a covenant in its fourth renewal. Coordinator of the Technical Committee on International Trade of the National Center of Industries of the Sugarcane and Biofuels Industry - CEISE BR.
Geraldo Bueno Martha Junior
General Coordinator, Embrapa Agropensa, Brazil
Geraldo Martha is an agronomist (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 1994), with PhD. in Agronomy, with emphasis in Animal Sciences and Pastures (University of São Paulo/ESALQ, 2003), and a Post-doc in Economics (University of Brasilia, UnB, 2008). He has been a researcher at Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) since 2001. In the past 15 years he has coordinated more than a dozen of research projects and has published more than 120 scientific and technological papers. Geraldo Martha is the former Deputy Head for Strategic Studies at Embrapa Studies and Training, and has served as the coordinator-general of Embrapa Strategic Intelligence System (Agropensa) from 2012 to 2015. He is a former member of Embrapa's Strategy Management Committee (2013-2015) and of the Commission for Sustainable Development in Agriculture of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (2014-2015). In 2007 he started coordinating the research group on “Land-use dynamics and Cerrado regional development” (CNPq - National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil). He was a CNPq fellow from 2010 to 2013. Geraldo Martha was a graduate professor at the University of Brasilia (Animal Science Program), teaching “Planning and Management of Pastoral Systems”, from 2006 to 2012 Since late 2015, Dr. Geraldo Martha is the coordinator of Embrapa’s Scientific Program in the United States, the Embrapa Labex-USA.
President, Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB), São Paulo, Brazil
Rural Producer in the States of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Pará, Partner-Director of Brasilpar Investimentos and member of the Management Board of EZTEC, Banco PINE [Bank] and SRB. Gustavo has graduated in Business Administration at FAAP and has a master degree in Finances at Thunderbird School of Management.
IICA Representative in Brazil, Ecuador
Ecuatoriano, es el Representante del IICA en el Brasil. Tiene una formación como Agrónomo e Ingeniero Comercial con postgrados en administración de empresas, acuacultura y producción animal (Massey University, Nueva Zelandia). Por su labor como productor el Centro Agrícola de Riobamba le otorgo la distinción de “Agricultor del año” en el 2001. En su país natal, ha sido directivo de diversas organizaciones públicas y privadas como la Cámara de Agricultura, así como presidente del directorio del Instituto Nacional de Innovaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP). Ha ocupado cargos de Vice-Ministro y Ministro de Agricultura (a.i). En el IICA, coordinó el Programa Hemisférico de Agroenergía y Biocombustible y es autor del libro: Preguntas y Respuestas Más Frecuentes sobre Biocombustibles, lideró el Centro Hemisférico de Liderazgo en Agricultura y fue el Representante del Instituto en el Paraguay. En los últimos años ha recibido capacitación de alto nivel en Liderazgo con la Compañía Franklin Covey, el IMD de Suiza y la Universidad de Harvard. El Sr. Chiriboga se encuentra activamente comprometido con el desarrollo del liderazgo en jóvenes rurales y la producción sustentable para el reposicionamiento de la agricultura.
Diretor Executivo, Associação Nacional dos Exportadores de Sucos Cítricos (CitrusBR), Brazil
Associate Professor of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, New Zealand
I graduated as an Agronomist in 1989 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. Between 1990 and 2015 I was an academic of the Institute of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile. I completed my PhD at Massey University, New Zealand, between 1996 and 2000. My area of specialisation and research involves taking a holistic approach to pasture ecology, pasture production and sustainable management of grazing production systems. Grazing animals (bovine, ovine and porcine), pasture, soil and the environment are all considered in my studies. Within pasture ecology, my main research line area has focussed on studying the variables that drive pasture-based dairy and sheep production systems to allow high production and high efficiency in a sustainable manner. I have conducted research directly related to pasture diversity, both between and within species (ecotype screening and evaluation), and the role of pasture species diversity in relation to environmental constraints, soil development, pasture production, quality, persistency and pastoral sustainability.
Deputy Director for Research & Development, ARO – Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center & Full Professor, Hebrew University, Israel
1977-1980 B.Sc. degree in Agriculture at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. 1980-1981 M.Sc. Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel. 1981-1985 Ph.D. Agriculture. Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University Rehovot, Israel. 1993-1994 Sabbatical leave at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, at the laboratory of Dr. Randy Gaugler. 2000-2004- Director of "Kidum" the Technology Transfer Office of ARO 2004-2005- Sabbatical leave Molecular Microbiology Laboratory of Dr David Clarke at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, U.K. (5 months). At the laboratory of Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers, in the Dept. Biotechnology & Biol. Control, Institute for Phytopathology, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany (6 months). 2005-2007- Director of "Kidum" the Technology Transfer Office of ARO 2007-2013- Head of Plant Science Institute, ARO. 6/2014-9/2015- Sabbatical leave at the lab of Prof. Martin Chalfie, Biology and Genetics Department, Columbia Univ., New York, USA. 10/2015-Present- ARO Deputy Director for Research and Development.
Jacyr Costa Filho
Director of Brazil Division of Tereos Group
M. Costa Filho has a degree in Civil Engineering and Business Management from Mackenzie University, with specialization in Marketing from International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has over 30 years of experience in the sugar and energy industry, when worked in strategic positions in different companies. From 2007 to 2013, he was the CEO of Guarani. Recently, he assumed the position of Director of Brazil Division of Tereos Group, responsible for sugar cane and starch activities in the country. Jacyr is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Guarani S/A. Jacyr is also the President of the Alcohol Production Industry Union in the State of São Paulo, President of the Agribusiness Committee of ABAG (Brazilian Agribusiness Association), and member of the Advisory Board of UNICA (Sugar Cane Industry Association).
Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA
Jason Clay is SVP, Markets and Executive Director, the Markets Institute at WWF-US. His focus is on spotting global issues and trends that affect WWF’s conservation mission and strategies with a particular focus on soft commodities, e.g. agriculture (plant based and livestock), seafood (aquaculture and wild caught), and forests. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 35 years with human rights and environmental organizations. Dr. Clay is the author of more than 20 books, 500 articles and 1,000 invited presentations. Clay was the first ever National Geographic Food and Agriculture Fellow. In 2012, Clay won the James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.
Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, IMD & Founder, The Evian Group, Lausanne, Switzerland
Jean-Pierre Lehmann (D.Phil, Oxon) is Emeritus Professor at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was appointed to the Chair of International Political Economy in 1997. He is Founder of the Evian Group (1995), an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive, sustainable and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework. He is currently visiting professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India. He is member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and FDI. And he is board member of the Arab International Women’s Forum. His latest book, coedited with his son Fabrice Lehmann, is Peace and Prosperity through World Trade, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
João Paulo Ribeiro Capobianco
President, Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade (IDS), Brazil
Biologist and environmentalist, Environmental education specialist from the Universidade de Brasília [University of Brasilia] and a doctoral student in Environmental Science from the Universidade de São Paulo [University of São Paulo]. Director of Métra – Planejamento Socioambiental Estratégico Ltda and Chairman of the board of Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade – IDS (Democracy and Sustainability Institute). Former National Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests and Executive Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment (2003 to 2008), performing, among others, the functions of coordinator of the Interministerial Work Group for Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Amazon, chairman of the Genetic Heritage Management Board and the Brazilian Forests Committee, vice chairman of the National Board of the Environment and chairman of the Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation - ICMBio. He was guest professor of the Universidade de Columbia [Columbia University] (2008 to 2009) where he was member of the CEES – Center for Environment, Economy, and Society, developing studies related to the identification of processes for containment of deforestation in developing countries, time in which he also worked as a researcher associate at the IPAM - Amazon Environmental Research Institute. He founded and headed several non-governmental organizations in Brazil, including Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica, Instituto Socioambiental, Network of NGOs of the Atlantic Forest and Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment and Development. Capobianco is member of the Board of Directors of the Social Stock Exchange (Bovespa Social), Regulatory Board of Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption and Advisory Board of Ethos Institute of Companies and Social Responsibility. He is author of several publications on environmental issues. In 2003, the book Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon, organized by him, received the Jabuti Award as the best publication on Natural Sciences and Health and Year Book, both granted by the Brazilian Chamber of Books. He focuses mainly on subjects related to environmental conservation, environmental management, public policies, deforestation and biological diversity.
José Manuel Silva Rodríguez
Former Director General Agriculture, European Commission, Belgium
Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez, born 1949 in Chantada, is Spanish agronomist (Polytechnic University of Madrid). He started his professional career in 1975 at the Ministry of Economy and Trade and served as a member of the team that negotiated the accession of Spain to the European Union during the period 1980-1986 He is since 1986 working for the European Commission where he occupied various positions with increasing responsibilities. He led 2 major European policies, agriculture and research, as Director General for Agriculture from 1995 to 2006, followed by a term as Director General for Research 2006-2010 and again for Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011-2013. At the top of the agricultural department of the European Commission, Mr. SILVA RODRIGUEZ led several reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, conducted significant international high level negotiations on agriculture and had the responsibility for more than half of the total EU budget. During his term as Director General for Research, he implemented the 7th Research Framework Programme, thereby given a new and strong impetus to European research. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute Brazil Europe (IBE), University of Sao Paulo (USP).
José María Sumpsi
President, Fundación Triptolemos, Spain
Executive Director, International Sugar Organization (ISO) - United Kingdom
José Orive Jose Orive was born July 31, 1958, in Guatemala, and is an attorney at Law. “Summa Cum Laude” in Common Law Studies/ International Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. 1985, and “Cum Laude” in J.D., Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala City 1983, has had multiple, such as: • Executive director of the Central American Sugar Association (AICA), entity which negotiates for the private sugar industry, with emphasis on coordination of joint actions on priority issues, clearinghouse for information relevant to the sector, publications. • Partner at Artlex law firm, in charge of large corporate clients, distribution contracts and environmental issues, arbitration. • Chairman at the ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN (AACCLA), Washington, D.C. • Board Member of the PANAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (PADF), Washington, D.C.
Minister of Foreign Relations, Brasilia, Brazil
José Serra nasceu no bairro da Mooca na capital paulista, filho de imigrantes italianos. Era estudante de engenharia na Escola Politécnica da USP quando foi eleito presidente da União Estadual dos Estudantes de São Paulo e, no ano seguinte, presidente da União Nacional de Estudantes (UNE). Perseguido e depois condenado à prisão pelo governo militar, depois do golpe de 1964, Serra foi forçado a seguir para o exílio. Sem poder concluir seu curso de engenharia, passou a estudar economia em Paris e em Santiago, onde obteve o mestrado e tornou-se professor da Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Chile. Também foi funcionário da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) nesse período. Após o golpe do general Pinochet, em 1973, Serra foi preso no Estádio Nacional do Chile, em Santiago. Conseguiu escapar e refugiar-se na embaixada da Itália. Foi em seguida para os Estados Unidos, onde obteve outro mestrado e o doutorado em Ciências Econômicas pela Universidade de Cornell. E por dois anos, foi professor do Instituto de Estudos Avançados de Princeton. José Serra retornou ao Brasil em 1978. Tornou-se professor da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), pesquisador do Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (Cebrap) e editorialista da Folha de S. Paulo. Ajudou a fundar o PMDB, a partir do antigo MDB, sendo relator do primeiro programa do partido. No governo Franco Montoro (1983-1987), foi secretário de Economia e Planejamento do Estado de São Paulo. Elegeu-se deputado federal por São Paulo em 1986 e reelegeu-se em 1990, com a maior votação do estado e a segunda do Brasil. Na Constituinte, foi relator de três capítulos, sendo o parlamentar que aprovou a maior proporção de emendas, entre elas a que criou o Fundo de Amparo ao Trabalhador – FAT, e o Fundo de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste, Norte e centro Oeste. Em 1988 foi um dos fundadores do PSDB, sendo relator do seu programa. Em 1995 foi eleito senador por São Paulo, o mais votado do Brasil. Ocupou os ministérios do Planejamento e Orçamento e da Saúde no governo do ex-presidente Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Tem sido considerado até hoje o melhor ministro da Saúde que o Brasil já teve. Em 2002, Serra candidatou-se a presidente da República, perdendo a eleição no segundo turno para o Luís Inácio Lula da Silva. Nos anos seguintes, elegeu-se prefeito da capital paulista e governador do Estado de São Paulo. Suas gestões na cidade e no Estado foram consagradas pela austeridade, pela quantidade e a qualidade das realizações, em todas as áreas: da Saúde à Cultura, das obras ao ensino técnico e tecnológico. Em 2010, Serra foi novamente candidato a presidente da República, tendo obtido 44% dos votos no segundo turno e vencido em onze estados. Durante a campanha, insistiu na tese de que a herança deixada pelo governo Lula para seu sucessor seria extremamente adversa, e que Dilma Rousseff era uma candidata despreparada para governar o Brasil. Em 2014, José Serra foi eleito senador com mais de 11 milhões de votos, perto de 60% dos votos válidos do estado de São Paulo. Em 12 de maio de 2016, José Serra assumiu o ministério das Relações Exteriores do governo do presidente Michel Temer.
Juan Carlos Marroquín
President, Nestlé Brasil, Brazil
Juan Carlos Marroquin Cuesta was born in Guatemala City on May 10th, 1958. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Universidad Mariano Galvez in Guatemala and several IMD in Lausanne Specializations. He is CEO of Nestlé Brazil and assumed his current position on July 1st 2012. The division covers 25 Brazilian market segments and currently covers more than 1,600 cities with its distribution network. Nestlé Brazil and its affiliated companies are present in 99% of Brazilian homes, according to research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel. The company has 31 industrial units located in the states of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pernambuco, Goias, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Espirito Santo. Nestlé Brazil employs over 21,000 people and generates other 220,000 indirect employees, who work in manufacturing, marketing and distribution of more than 1,000 items. Before assuming the Brazilian market, Juan Carlos presided Nestle Mexico since May, 2007, where he led a Management Committee composed of 17 Vice-Presidents, including 15 Businesses (Milk Dairy & Culinary, Ice Cream, Confectionery, Dairy Chilled, Coffee & Beverages, Nestlé Waters, Cereals for breakfast, Nestlé Purina, Nestlé Professional and Nestlé Nutrition), with 14 factories and 16 Distribution Centers. Nestlé Mexico has 6,500 direct employees and more than 250,000 indirect employees
Former President, United States Grains Council and Maizall (USGC), USA
Luis Osvaldo Barcos
Regional Representative for the Americas, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), France
Dr. Luis Barcos is a Veterinary graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983. From 1984 to 1999 he performed activities related to cattle for breeding and genetic management improvement of Hereford, Braford and Braham pedigrees’. He managed 100.000 bovine cattle and 20.000 hectares of agriculture production within 1.000.000 hectares of different Argentine zones, the Sub-Tropical Zone which includes the Provinces of Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, San Luis, the Pampa Humeda zone , which includes La Pampa Province ,and the zones of the Patagonia, which includes the Provinces of Neuquén, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego. In addition he was Executive Secretary of the Argentine Chamber of Insemination and Embryos Transplant and Technical Director of the Artificial Insemination Center. He was Technical Advisor in cattle reproduction of SANOFI and RHONE MERIEUX Laboratory He has also worked as ad-hoc advisor to the Livestock and Agriculture Commission of the Argentine Parliament. Between 1996-2000, he was President of the National Service on Quality and Food Safety of Argentina (SENASA) and Delegate from Argentina to OIE, as well as Secretary of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas He was member of the OIE Ad-hoc Group on Veterinary Services quality. He was Member of the OIE ad-hoc Group on traceability and animal Identification . He participated as speaker and assistant of different scientific and technical conferences Science 2004 and currently, Dr. Barcos is the Regional Representative of the OIE for the Americas.
Luis Roberto Pogetti
Chairman of the Board, Copersucar, Brazil
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Copersucar, largest Brazilian company in the marketing of sugar and ethanol. 10 years experience in the ethanol sector, obtained in executive management positions at Copersucar. Previously, held executive management positions at the Banco do Brasil, Sharp and Samsung Electronics. Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-SP, with specialization in Finance, and a Master's degree from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation.
Luiz Claudio Paranhos
President, ABCZ, Uberaba, Brazil
Faculdades Associadas de Uberaba (FAZU) Bacharel em Zootecnia Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) MBA em Gestão Estratégica do Agronegócio Diretor da Japaranduba Fazendas Reunidas Ltda., com 30 anos de atuação nas áreas Administrativo-Financeira de propriedade rural / Comercialização de bovinos para cria, recria, engorda e reprodução / Planejamento zootécnico de pecuária seletiva e de pecuária de corte. 18 anos de atuação em projeto de produção de grãos. 9 anos de atuação em projeto de integração lavoura/pecuária. Diretor da ABCZ-Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Zebu – Uberaba/MG, nas gestões 2004/2007, 2007/2010 e 2010/2013. Membro do Conselho Técnico da Raça Nelore da ABCZ-Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Zebu, nas gestões 2004/2007, 2007/2010 e 2010/2013. Presidente da ABCZ-Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Zebu - gestão 2013/2016. Presidente do Conselho Deliberativo da FUNDAGRI-Fundação Educacional para o Desenvolvimento das Ciências Agrárias, mantenedora da FAZU-Faculdades Associadas de Uberaba, gestão 2013/2016. Membro do COSAG/FIESP-Conselho Superior do Agronegócio da Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo, 2014/2016. Presidente da Câmara Setorial da Cadeia Produtiva da Carne Bovina do Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento – 2015/2017. Membro do FERAB-Fórum das Entidades Representativas do Agronegócio do Brasil do Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento – 2015/2017.
Partner and Vice-President, PWC, São Paulo, Brazil
Luiz Vieira is a partner based in São Paulo and leads Strategy& (prior Booz & Company) South America Operations team. His experience lies in supply chain, logistics and transportation in a variety of sectors including agribusiness, food and beverage, consumer goods and retail, construction, chemicals, automotive. Luiz joined Strategy& in 1990, becoming a partner in 1996. He left the firm in 2006 to become CEO of PRODUZIR, an agribusiness joint venture between Bunge and DuPont, focusing in row crops (soya, corn, cotton and sugar cane) value chain. Returning to Strategy& in 2010, he led over a hundred projects for large national and multinational companies, government and public sector organizations, specializing in project management, business development and restructuring, and operations/management models. Luiz achieved a Ph.D. in Engineering, a M.Sc. from the Sloan School of Management and an M.Sc. from the Operations Research Center, all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a M.Sc. in transportation engineering from the University of Rio de Janeiro/Coppe and a Bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Brasilia. Since 2001 he has been a part-time professor on business strategy and operations in graduate and executive education programs at Insper University(Brazil).
Marcelo Porteiro Cardoso
Superintendente, BNDES, Rio de Janeiro
Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Business Development, BR Foods, Singapore
Marcos S. Jank is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Business Development of BRF Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. Current responsibilities include handling BRF’s relations with governments and stakeholders in more than ten Asian countries, while providing support for partnerships and acquisitions. Before Dr. Jank was the Global Executive Director for Public and Governmental Affairs of the company, in São Paulo. From 2007 to 2012, was the CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), main sugar-energy trade association with 136 member companies. He was also the founding president of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), one of the country’s leading agribusiness think-tanks. In 2001-2002, he served as Special Expert in Integration and Trade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. Dr. Jank also has a 18 years career as Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo’s (USP) faculties of Economics (FEA) and Agricultural Sciences (ESALQ), with sabbatical periods in U.S. and European universities. Jank has a Ph.D. from the USP School of Economics and Business (FEA), a M.Sc. in agri-food policies at IAM Montpellier-France and a B.Sc. in Agronomy at ESALQ. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.
Chairman of the Administrative Board, Marfrig Global Foods, Brazil
Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brasilia, Brazil (Invited)
Maurício Antônio Lopes
President, EMBRAPA, Brazil
Mauricio Lopes, a plant geneticist by training, received his BSc degree in Agronomy (1983) from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degre in Plant Genetics (1989) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and his PhD in Molecular Biology (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He was leader of the Maize Breeding Program at the Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Center, and Head of Research and Development of the Maize and Sorghum Center, the Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Center, and the Department of R&D of Embrapa. He was responsible for the coordination of the process that led to the development and implementation of Embrapa´s current R&D Management System. Mauricio was also visiting scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, in Rome, member of the Scientific Council of Agropolis Foundation, in Montpellier, France, and coordinator of Labex Korea, an international cooperation program of Embrapa in South Korea. He was the Executive Director of Research of Development and he is urrently the President of Embrapa.
Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels, Iowa, USA
Founder, Grupo ABC, Brazil
Octavio de Barros
Chief Economist, Banco Bradesco S/A, Brazil
Global Corporate Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group, USA
Farmer and Past President, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), USA
President, DATAGRO, Brazil
Brazil´s leading consulting company on sugar and ethanol market analysis, offering consulting services to producers, banks, trading companies, fuel distributors and governments, with offices in São Paulo, Recife, and Santos. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University, 1981 and 1983. Professor of Economics (micro and macro), for Graduate and Undergraduate programs (B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs) at Fundaao Getulio Vargas, in Sao Paulo, from 1984 to 1999. Former President of the Board, and Executive Director of the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineers. Member of Technical Committees in National Energy Commission (1985/87), Commission for the Reexam of the Energy Matrix (1990/91), and Interministerial Council on Sugar and Alcohol (1998-2000). Lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), AR2. Expert Economist for Brazil in the trade disputes involving: ethanol exports from Brazil to the United States, at the International Trade Commission, in Washington, DC (1985/86); subsidized sugar exports from the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2002-05); two arbitrations on bananas with the European Union, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2005); and Brazilian tyres import regime, at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva (2006-07).
President, BF Capital, Brazil
• Graduated in Civil Engineering by UFRJ and MBA degree in Corporate Finances by FGV-RJ. • Between 1986 and 2004, at BNDES, initially worked in the economic – financial assessment of projects, especially in the Mining /Metallurgy /Steel, Petrochemical, Paper, Pulp, Agroindustry, Aeronautics, Sugar and Ethanol industries. • In 1996, as BNDES-Exim’s director, he developed operations of over 10 billion dollars with emphasis to Embraer and Três Gargantas Hydroelectric Power Plants (China). He was responsible for the relationship with the main Export Credit Agencies – ECA; represented the Bank, as a speaker, in international events related to the Brazilian foreign trade activities, including participation in The 65th Anniversary of the Export-Import Bank, Commemorative Conference of 65 years of U.S. Exim Bank, as well as in the WTO panels (i.e.: Embraer). • Between 2004 and 2011, at Valora, as partner, he implemented and led the Structured Operations area, in charge for operations totaling over R$7 billion. • In 2011, he became a founding partner of the BF CAPITAL, a company providing advisory services in structured financial transactions.
President, Apex-Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil
Graduado em Engenharia de Sistemas pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, o Embaixador Roberto Jaguaribe ingressou na carreira diplomática em 1978. No exterior, serviu como Embaixador do Brasil junto à República Popular da China e à República Popular da Mongólia, e Embaixador do Brasil junto ao Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte, além de Ministro-Conselheiro da Embaixada do Brasil em Washington. No Ministério das Relações Exteriores, ocupou os cargos de Subsecretário-Geral de Política, Diretor do Departamento de Promoção Comercial, e chefe da Divisão de Propriedade Intelectual e Tecnologias Sensíveis, entre outros. No Governo Federal exerceu os cargos de Presidente do Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial (INPI), Secretário de Tecnologia Industrial do Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior, e Secretário de Assuntos Internacionais do Ministério do Planejamento e Orçamento. Atualmente o Embaixador Roberto Jaguaribe é Presidente da Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos – Apex-Brasil.
Former Minister of Agriculture, Brazil
Roberto Rodrigues, former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture from January 2003 to June 2006, Coordinator of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Agribusiness Center (GV Agro), is an agricultural producer and an agricultural engineer by training, following in the steps of his father and grandfather. His sons have continued the family tradition. FAO Special Ambassador for Cooperatives - He was made a Special Ambassador for Cooperatives by FAO , to mark the International Year of Cooperatives. A strong supporter of the cooperative movement, Minister Rodrigues chaired the Brazilian Cooperatives Organization, the World Committee on Agricultural Cooperatives and the International Cooperative Alliance. He has traveled the word in that capacity, visiting – as he likes to point out – 80 countries while performing his duties. A well-known agribusiness leader, Roberto Rodrigues served as President of the prestigious Brazilian Rural Society and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association. He is also a member of the Board of dozens of Brazilian producer’s associations.
President Latin America, Monsanto, USA
As an agricultural engineer with a MBA from FGV/Ohio University, Rodrigo Santos took office as South America Lead in October 2015. At Monsanto since 1998, he has served in a variety of roles across Marketing, Sales and Strategy mainly focused on seed and trait business. In 2007 he was appointed Romania and Bulgaria Commercial Lead. Back in Brazil in 2009, he took the position of Director of Product Strategy and Technological Development. In 2011, he occupied the Vice-presidency and the Commercial Leadership and in January 2013 was named President of Monsanto Brazil.
IRICE, Instituto de Relações Internacionais e Comércio Exterior, Brazil
Former President, MAIZALL, and President, ABRAMILHO, Brazil
- Natural de Araraquara-SP; - Formado em Administração de Empresas e pós-graduado em Gestão Empresarial pela Universidade Estadual do Piauí (UESPI). - Presidente Institucional da Abramilho - Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Milho; - Presidente da Maizall – International Maize Alliance e - Vice-Presidente da FAESPI - Federação da Agricultura e Pecuária do Estado do PIAUÍ. - A partir de 1988, iniciou a produção de grãos na Fazenda Canel- Uruçuí/PI.
Global Sustainable Business Consultant, New York, USA
Baseado em New York, Sergio Trindade é Consultor global estratégico, com vasta experiência, que traz clareza a decisões em negócios sustentáveis, com ênfase em bioeconomia, energia, mudança climática, meio ambiente e tecnologia. PhD, engenharia química, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, com sub-especialização em negócios internacionais e gestão de mudança tecnológica. • Diretor, Ciência e Tecnologia, International Fuel Technology, Inc. (www.Internationalfuel.com) (2003-2014) • Nações Unidas, Secretário-Geral Adjunto para Ciência e Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento e Diretor Executivo, Centro das Nações Unidas para Ciência e Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento (New York), onde liderou secretariado de 32 pessoas de 20 nacionalidades diferentes (1986-91) • Consultor Internacional Independente em energia e meio ambiente (1982-85). • Fundador e Diretor Executivo do primeiro centro de tecnologia privado do Brasil,na Promon (1975-82) • Vice-presidente, Arthur D. Little International, Inc. Consultores de gestão (USA,Brasil) (1970-75) • Engenheiro de processo com Stone & Webster (USA) (1969) • Instrutor e Professor Assistente de engenharia química, UFRJ, UFRRJ (1965-68) • Consultor industrial independente, concentrado proteico de pescado, produtos químicos derivados de celulose de eucalipto (1968) • Transferiu a tecnologia (US), projetou, construiu e demarrou a primeira planta de sorbitol na América Latina (Brasil) (1965-67).
Deputy Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, USA
Dr. Warren Preston serves as Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), advising the Chief Economist, the Secretary of Agriculture, and top policy officials on the economic implications of policies, programs, and legislative proposals affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas. He supports USDA policy decision making by evaluating policy options on complex domestic and global agricultural issues. After serving as USDA's Acting Deputy Chief Economist beginning in February 2015, Dr. Preston transferred permanently to the Office of the Chief Economist as senior economist for agricultural policy in August 2015. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Economist, Dr. Preston served as an economist and associate deputy administrator, analyzing and overseeing programs and policies across the full spectrum of marketing activities administered by the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. From 1992 to 2001, he worked as an economist and branch chief in the Packers and Stockyards Programs of USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, playing a key role in integrating economic analysis into investigative procedures and processes. From 1986 to 1992, he held a research and teaching position as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech, focusing on agricultural marketing and the interface between public policies and food system performance. Dr. Preston earned his bachelor's degree in dairy science from The Ohio State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.