As a gateway for the transfer of knowledge and innovation between Brazil and the world, FGV Europe manages a broad network of national and international professionals, experts and researchers, whose work contributes directly or indirectly to its advisory activities.
Our multidisciplinary and multilingual team combines management skills, industry knowledge and access to decision makers, with an in-depth understanding of different political contexts, and the capacity to mediate between business cultures.
FGV’s experts and research staff support our project development, research and advisory services. These professionals cover a wide range of sectors and industries, travel frequently to work with clients all over the world and participate in international events and policy networks.
Dr. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal
President of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a master’s in Mathematical Economics from the National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and PhD in Economics from Princeton University, USA.
He was a professor at FGV’s EPGE Brazilian School of Economics and Finance (FGV EPGE), in Rio de Janeiro, from 1986 to 1997, director of FGV-Business from 1992 to 1997, general director of EPGE from 1994 to 1997, and vice-president of FGV from 1997 to 2000. He is currently the president of Fundação Getulio Vargas and also a member of several boards of directors.
Dr. Cesar Cunha Campos
Director of FGV Europe
Cesar Cunha Campos has a degree in Civil Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), a master’s degree in Business Administration from London Business School and a PhD in Transportation Planning from Technische Universität Wien, Austria. He has been a consultant since 1975, heading and integrating several projects in economics, engineering, and finance.
Cesar Cunha Campos has also developed projects for top Brazilian private and public corporations, especially feasibility studies for raising funds with major banks and development agencies (such as BNDES, IBRD, IDB, and OECD) and undertook a number of international projects. Since 2017, he has been the director of FGV Europe, responsible for the relations with the European private sector and relevant players from public sector. From 2003-2018, he was the executive director of FGV Projetos, the technical advisory unit of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), where he coordinated a team of more than 300 specialists working in various areas of knowledge, such as economy and finance, administration and public policy.
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Manager of International Affairs
Sara joined FGV in 2014 and is currently the Manager of International Affairs at FGV Europe, responsible for expanding the unit's international operations in scope and depth, setting business objectives, implementing activities and monitoring and evaluating results.
Prior to this role, she was the technical advisor to the executive director of FGV Projetos, developing strategic analyses and coordinating key relationships with stakeholders, with a special focus on the unit's international operations. Prior to that, she worked at the Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency at the World Bank in Washington D.C, USA.
Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and graduate in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto, Portugal. Sara is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.
Anja Eickelberg Fortes Tigre
Head of European Operations
Anja joined FGV in 2013 and is currently the Head of European Operations at FGV Europe, responsible for coordinating its activities and managing institutional relationships with partners and clients from the public and private sector.
Prior to this role, she was a project consultant on the Smart Cities and Sustainability team at FGV Projetos and worked on the unit's international initiatives, with partners such as the Financial Times and the Bertelsmann Foundation. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as a consultant and project coordinator in the areas of public relations and strategic communication, political education and digital inclusion with civil society organizations in Brazil, the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Angola.
PhD in Public Policy, Strategies and Development by the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Master in International Development from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a degree in Journalism, Literature and Sociology from the University of Dortmund in Germany.
Communications and Public Affairs
Albert has been a public relations and communications advisor for FGV Europe since 2016. Since 1997, he has been a consultant and founder of KL Public Affairs, Communication & Consulting, a consulting agency that manages projects for international private and public sector companies (e.g Koelnmesse, AVG in Cologne and Bonn, Zurich Group, Deutsche Bank, DEG, European Investment Bank).
He began his career as a freelance journalist and author for Germany's leading media outlets (FAZ, DIE WELT, WELT AM SONNTAG, Handelsblatt, Neue Züricher Zeitung). Master in modern and recent history, political science and philosophy from the University of Cologne.
Legal Advisory Services
Ralph has served as legal advisor to FGV Europe since 2016. Based in Cologne, he has worked as a lawyer since 1991, focusing on bilateral relations between Brazil and Germany. He is the founder of Brazil Business Centre Cologne. Ralph is also an entrepreneur in the hotel and real estate areas.
Public Relations and Communications
Melanie has been a public relations and communications advisor for FGV Europe since 2016. Since 2010 she has been a senior consultant at Cologne-based KL Public Affairs, Communication & Consulting, where she manages projects for private and public international companies (such as Koelnmesse in Cologne, Heidelberg and Bonn, AVG Köln, Zurich Group, Pro Chile, Pro Mexico, Deutsche Bundesbank, and Deutsche Bank), as well as several real estate projects. She has a degree in business administration from GH Essen University in Essen, Germany.
Cleber Lima Guarany
Project Coordinator | Agribusiness, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Financial Structuring
He is the project coordinator of FGV Europe and currently leads the financial structuring of projects in the agricultural and industrial sectors, such as: the Green Imperative Project in Nigeria, with total investments of US$ 1.1 billion; the nitrogen fertilizer plant in Brazil with total investments of $ 1.7 billion; as well as, the iron and steel complex in Argentina, with total investments of US $ 200 million.
As project coordinator, he has also structured the implementation of industrial and agricultural projects in more than 18 countries in Latin America and Africa, always in partnership with local companies, associations, multilateral development banks, research institutions and funding institutions. Moreover, he led the implementation of the Brazil-United States Memorandum of Understanding on Trade in Central America and the Caribbean, signed in 2004. Under Cleber’s leadership, FGV won the “Best Solution” award, of the United Nations in the context of the Global South-South Cooperation in 2012.
Postgraduate in Financial Economics and in Marketing, with a business degree in Lausanne, Switzerland. Graduated in Industrial Engineering.
Rosane Coelho da Costa
Project Coordinator | Water and Sanitation, Waste Management, and Financial Markets
Economist with more than 30 years of experience in the Financial Area, with emphasis on Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Project Finance, Strategic Planning and Corporate Banking. Expert in the elaboration of feasibility studies of projects and companies and/or concessions; modelling, structuring and placement of capital market products; modelling, structuring and identification of the best funding alternatives for projects; creation and structuring of new businesses; articulation for consortium formation (buy and sell side); formation and supervision of teams of project managers.
Participated in numerous courses and seminars, some as a lecturer, aimed at the capital market and its specific products, as well as those focused on corporate finance, privatization, securitization, etc., organized by internationally recognized institutions such as: EUROMONEY, FGV, IBMEC, ABAMEC (as Technical Director), Institute for International Research, IBEF, Infrastructure Investments (Cash), among others.
Project Coordinator | Infrastructure and Urban Development
Marco Contardi joined FGV in 2015 and is currently project coordinator at FGV Europe, where he works in the areas of infrastructure and sustainable development, Smart Cities and sustainability. Prior to that, he worked at FGV Projetos, coordinating urban development, social responsibility and PPPs projects for public services.
He began his career at the German company Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and was a senior consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), where he supported the drafting of the PPP Law and the PPP Pilot Program from the Federal Government of Brazil on the North-South Railroad project. Marco also worked as a senior researcher at the Lombardy Region Research Institute in Italy, where he conducted research in the areas of territorial development, climate change and infrastructure financing.
Master in Economics from Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, Italy. He has completed courses at the World Bank on Infrastructure and Development and Financial Analysis for Infrastructure Projects and at Partnership UK (UK PPP) on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the United Kingdom.
Marco Saverio Ristuccia
Project Coordinator | Infrastructure and Green Technologies
Marco Ristuccia joined FGV in 2011 and is currently project coordinator at FGV Europe, where he works in infrastructure and green technologies for sustainable development. Prior to that, he worked as a project coordinator at FGV Projetos, focusing on Smart Cities and technological innovation, infrastructure and utility management and financing, PPP projects, corporate social responsibility and structuring company-territory relationships for “value creation” in the energy sector.
Prior to that, he worked as an analyst in the economic and financial assessment of the investment risk profile for ENI, Dexia-Crediop, BNL-Paribas and Invitalia, and in the technical consulting sector in Italy (Éupolis Lombardia, Quesire srl, Struttura srl, Cles srl, Italian Consiglio per le Scienze Sociali, Federculture, Openeconomics).
Master in Economic Sciences and graduated in Economics from the Universitá La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). Specialized in Probabilistic Mathematics for financial risk control.
Carlos Augusto Costa
Project Coordinator | Neuromarketing, Energy, Geopolitics, Strategic planning, Communications
Carlos has been project coordinator at FGV Europe since 2016. He is also executive manager and coordinator of the neuromarketing laboratory at FGV Projetos. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the National Council of Justice and executive director of MCI - Strategy.
At SEBRAE (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service) he worked as a consultant in the area of strategic planning and opinion polls and communication. Worked as Special Coordinator of Institutional Relations, Information Technology Superintendent and Engineer of the São Francisco Hydroelectric Company (CHESF); Former Consultant at Promon Engenharia S.A. He was also president of the Planning Institute of the state of Pernambuco. Electronic engineer graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Giuliano Marchini Senatore
Project Technical Coordinator | Agriculture and Regional Development
Giuliano Senatore joined FGV in 2007 and is currently the technical coordinator and team leader of all FGV´s international projects related to agriculture and regional development, having worked in several countries of the African Continent and Latin America as: Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Zambia, Cape Verde, Malawi, Nigeria, Haiti, Saint Kitts & Nevis, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Paraguay and Argentina.
Brazilian agronomist engineer with master’s degree in Agronomy (area of concentration agricultural machinery). Specialized in Project Design and Project Implementation with expertise in Economic and Social Development. Giuliano coordinated the technical development of projects such as the Green Imperative Project in Nigeria, Agriculture Development Master Plan for the Nacala Corridor in Mozambique (ProSAVANA), Mozambican Agricultural Mechanization Program, IDB's Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI) and others.
With experience in all stages of project development and implementation, Giuliano was responsible for the development of training and capacity building programs successfully applied in Mozambique and Paraguay, focusing on the adoption of agricultural and agro-processing technology by small scale farmers.
M. Jose Cortes Area
Jose is an international consultant and has participated in numerous local and regional economic development projects. He has lectured at conferences and meetings in Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Argentina in various panels as an exhibitor. Currently, Jose also serves as a consultant for several private companies.
He was a full-time professor at the National University of La Plata and as an evaluator of the National Commission for University Assessment and Accreditation (CONEAU) for postgraduate studies.
Graduated in Social Communication and Journalism from the National University of La Plata (Argentina), holds a master's degree in Digital Communication from the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Torcuato Di Tella University (Argentina). He also took negotiation courses at Harvard Faculty Club (Boston - USA).
Project's Technical Support
Andrea joined FGV in 2014, where he develops activities to support project implementation, project design and preparation, analysis and reporting, diagnostics, publications, business models, new methodologies and tools, benefit assessment, financing, market analysis and stakeholder engagement. His main areas of activity are: sustainable development, innovation, energy, strategic planning, territorial governance, corporate sustainability and Smart Cities.
Master in Public Policy, Strategies and Development (PPED) from the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Master in Finance, Intermediates and Markets from Alma Mater Studiorum of the University of Bologna. Bachelor of Business Administration from the same Italian university.