Dr. Alysson Paolinelli


Alysson Paolinelli has had a distinguished career dedicated to the Brazilian agricultural sector including his current appointment as the President of the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers. He has held positions such as the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, the President of the National Confederation of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Agriculture for Minas Gerais State. In 2006, he was awarded the World Food Prize. Dr. Paolinelli was instrumental in realizing the potential of the Cerrado to mark Brazil as one of the world’s great breadbaskets. As the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Paolinelli established the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), the world’s leading tropical agriculture research institution.

Antônio Schettino


Anthonio Schettino holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He served as the COO at MMX Mineração e Metálicos ('MMX'), where he was responsible for managing and expanding iron ore production facilities. Mr. Schettino has more than 30 years of experience in project development and construction, including more than two decades as the operations director of significant iron ore, nickel, limestone and coal mining operations in Brazil, Chile and Colombia. In addition to managing operations, Mr. Schettino directed the engineering development and implementation of MMX’s US$2.1 billion Serra Azul expansion project and spent six years at Votorantim, the second largest mining group in Brazil.

Renato Gomes


Renato Gomes is a lawyer with international corporate, financial and mining experience, having worked at Gerson Boson, Gambogi & Alkmim Attorneys, the United Nations, Roschier Attorneys and at the University of Georgetown. Mr. Gomes holds an LL.B. from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, UK, and a PhD from Georgetown University, USA. Mr. Gomes is currently President and CEO of Atlantica Mining, which operate iron ore projects in Brazil. He is also a director of the ABCI Institute (Brazilian International Trade Scholars) and a member of the Bar in Brazil, Portugal and New York State, USA.

Getúlio Lamartine


Getulio Lamartine holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is a senior economist with over 40 years of government and consulting experience in the Brazilian resource, electrical and power generation sectors, having served as Deputy Minister of the Environment (Brazil) in 1994. Since 1990, Mr. Fonseca has been a partner of GL Consultoria Ltda and in that role, Mr. Fonseca has assisted businesses such as Bank of Montréal, Samarco Mineração S.A., Klabin S.A., Alcoa Inc., KLM Aerocarto B.V., Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A., Acesita S.A. and Dow Corning Corporation with major projects in Brazil. Mr. Lamartine has served as the Vice-Minister of Environment, General Director of the National Department of Energy and Water Supply (DNAE), Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Brazilian Trade and Industry and Deputy Secretary of Industry of Minas Gerais, Trade and Tourism Department.