Who we are

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.

Andrea Raccichini

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.



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.



Antonio Carlos Passos de Carvalho

Professional Fellow

Antonio Carvalho holds a Master's degree from The George Washington University in Political Management with foci in global politics, strategy and governance.  He is experienced in the public sector at the national and sub-national levels, as well as in the private sector.  He is a passionate in the field of energy transitions and sustainable development.

Antonio lived several years in Washington DC where he worked as a consultant for the World Bank in the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Post-Conflict/Low-Capacity countries, and other consulting jobs. He was a fellow of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management of the University of Maryland.

At the sub-national level Antonio was the CIO of the State of Minas Gerais and the CEO of Prodemge, the State Information Technology Corporation responsible for the major state systems and databases. Previously he was vice-president of MGI, a holding company affiliated to the State Finance Secretariat.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Helibrás, the Brazil-based helicopter manufacturer, subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters.

Antonio was a Diplomatic Attaché at the Embassy of Brazil in Lisbon and at the Brazilian Mission to The Organization of American States (O.A.S.), as an advisor to the Ambassador.

He served in the Brazilian Navy where he retired in the rank of Commander (Fregattenkapitän).  Amongst his assignments, he was the Aide-de-Camp to the President of Brazil.  



Arthur Johannik

Professional Fellow

Arthur Johannik holds a M.A. in Brazilian Studies from King´s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the history of urban development of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Having lived several years in Brazil, he currently works as a business analyst and project manager for an international investor in urban and real estate development in Berlin, Germany. His interests lie in the challenges of urban development and regeneration, cultural and creative industries, innovation in mobility and the possibilities of cooperation in metropolitan urban solutions between Brazil and Europe. He is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.



Carlos Augusto Costa

Project Manager | 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.



Cleber Lima Guarany

Project Manager | 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.



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.


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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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Francisco Torres de Sá

Head of Quality and Administration

Francisco Torres has a post-graduate degree in Production Engineering/Industrial Projects from the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Engineering Research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) and a bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the UFRJ (FEA/ UFRJ).

He worked as a consultant in the development, management and in the implementation of consulting projects in the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2019 he worked as a Project Manager, Deputy Project Director and Quality Director at FGV Projetos (Technical Advisory Unit of FGV). Currently, Francisco is the Head of Quality and Administration of FGV Europe.



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.



Hannes Schwertfeger

Professional Fellow

Hannes Schwertfeger is an architect and theorist, focusing on the implementation of green infrastructure into buildings, cities and urban areas to enhance the value and amenities of our built environment. He has been trained in Kassel, Stuttgart, Delft, Rotterdam and Mexico City, holding a diploma degree in architecture from the University of Stuttgart. He is alumnus of the DAAD, the BW-Stipendium and the Academic Scholarship Program of the Ev. Studienwerk Villigst. His research examines the potential of architecture in theory and practice, to make green infrastructure understandable and accessible to decision makers, stakeholders, residents and other users. Currently he is running his office Bureau Baubotanik together with his partner Oliver Storz in Stuttgart.



Kathrin Zeller

Professional Fellow

Kathrin Zeller is an economist with a focus on sustainable development and international cooperation. After several years of experience in global sustainable development cooperation, she currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro as a network manager for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Cologne in Regional Sciences of Latin America with a focus on economic and social policy, as well as an MBA from Leuphana University Lüneburg in sustainability management. Currently she is enrolled as a doctoral student within the Ph.D. Program Environmental Economics and Sustainability at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Her research examines the role of global networks on sustainable development, especially analysing the role of city networks.



Letícia Duarte

Administrative and Quality Coordinator

She joined Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in 2003, working for about 12 years as Quality Manager at FGV Projetos, whose main tasks was to ensure compliance with the processes associated with the formulation of products and services and proposals development; maintaining the collection of projects developed; preparing management reports; and maintaining the graphic quality of the reports. BA in Economic Sciences from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, having graduated in 1998. She worked at the Administrative Center of Banco do Brasil S/A and at “Pacto Consultoria Associada Ltda.” as an economist.



M. Jose Cortes Area

Project Manager

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).



Marco Contardi

Project Manager | 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 Manager | 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.



Paul Thomas Woodhouse


Since March 2020, Thomas is participating in our Internship-program.

He supports our Team in various projects from our office in cologne.

Thomas is currently studying business administration at the university of cologne.

He is fluent in German, Spanish, English and Portuguese.



Ralph Stock

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.



Rosane Coelho da Costa

Project Manager | 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.



Sara Pais

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.



Vitor Sawczuk

Project Manager | Financial Structuring, Exports and Imports, Risk assessment

Vitor worked with Export Credit Insurance for 18 years with the main focus to enable financing for Brazilian exports, through credit analyses from imports in the sectors of infrastructure, aviation, capital goods (machinery and equipment), transport (buses and trucks), defence, project financing, as well as, financing for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise.

Throughout his career, Vitor has developed several relationships with various Federal Government institutions, such as, Ministry of Finance, Treasury and Planning, Civil House, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), Ministry of Defence, Investment Partnerships Program (PPI), Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), and Bank of Brazil (Banco do Brasil). In addition, Vitor has established close relations with international private banks and Brazil’s main Capital Goods and Services exporters and international importers.

He has experience in the financial area, auditing, accounting, structured operations, exports and imports, treasury and cash flow, and risk assessment in large companies. Vitor is an Economist with a postgraduate degree in Finance.