Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Brazil Section is elected every two years from among the members of the CBBC. The Board’s duties include strategy formulation, communication with the governments of Brazil and China, and oversight of the Council’s working plans.



Ambassador Luiz Augusto de Castro Neves
Luiz Augusto Castro Neves is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Brazilian Center for International Relations. He graduated in Economics from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and holds a Master degree in Economics from the University College of University of London. He is also diplomated in English language by University of Cambridge. Mr. Castro Neves is a career diplomat, graduated by the Rio Branco Institute where he also did a Diplomat Improvement course, a Commercial Sector Managing Training and the Higher Studies Course. He defended a thesis on "The Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy - Policy Instrument Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons". He served in Embassies in Buenos Aires and London, he was Brazil’s Ambassador in Paraguay (2000-2004), China (2004-2008) and Japan (2008-2010). He was General Director of the Department of Americas and General Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Castro Neves was also member of the Governors Joint of International Agency for Atomic Energy. He was Professor of Economics at the Rio Branco Institute as well as was Deputy Chief of Economic Affairs from the National Security Council (1985-1987) and Executive Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency (1992-1995). He was the Brazilian National Coordinator of the Rio Group and joined the Itaipu Board of Directors and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Pão de Açúcar, where he presides the Sustainable Development Committee. Ambassador Castro Neves is also part of the Technical Board of the National Confederation of Commerce.

Director Executive Vice President

Octavio de Barros
Octavio de Barros holds a PhD (University of Paris-10 Nanterre). He has been an advisor to the Brazilian Finance Ministry on two occasions. Mr. de Barros has also been a guest economist of the Brazilian Central Bank, a consultant to the BNDES, a visiting fellow in OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development), He has also been Economics Director of the Brazilian Bankers Association (FEBRABAN). He is a member of the Higher Economic Council of FIESP (Industry Federation of Sao Paulo and Chairman of the Economic Committee of the French-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. de Barros is currently Macroeconomic Research Director and Chief Economist of Banco Bradesco. He published in Brazil two books, "Brasil Globalizado" and the recently launched "Brasil Pos-crise: agenda para a proxima decada", co-authored with Fabio Giambiagi.
Marcio Senne de Moraes
Marcio Senne de Moraes is Vale`s External Affairs Director. Previously, he was External Affairs Head for Europe and North America and served as socio-political risk analysis/mitigation manager and general manager in the External Affairs Department since 2006. He has also supported projects and operations globally, through issues management, stakeholder engagement, risks identification and proposal of mitigation strategies. Before his experience with Vale, Mr. Senne de Moraes worked as assistant editor, reporter and senior international politics analyst for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo (2000-2006). Mr. Senne de Moraes also had work experiences at UNESCO in Paris (1997) and the United Nations Organization in New York (1996). He holds a Master’s degree (MSc) in Political Science focused on International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Business Administration, focused on marketing, from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil.
Marcos Sawaya Jank
Marcos S. Jank is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Business Development of BRF Asia, living in Singapore. Current responsibilities include handling BRF’s relations with governments and stakeholders in more than ten countries in the region, while providing support for partnerships and acquisitions. BRF is one of the largest and most successful food companies in the world. Before Dr. Jank was the Executive Director for Global Public and Governmental Affairs of the company, which included government affairs, public relations and sustainability, as well as the presidency of the BRF Institute, dedicated to social projects. From 2007 to 2012, was the President and 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 has a 18 years career as Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo’s (USP) faculties of Economics (FEA) and Agriculture (ESALQ), with sabbatical periods in U.S. and European universities. He also held consulting and project coordination positions at the World Bank, IDB, FAO, OECD, UNDP, the Hewlett Foundation and other global organizations. He is a board member at several corporations and institutions, including the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar’s Brazil Institute. the International Food & Agricultural Policy Council (IPC), Scania Latin America, COMERC Energy, and the National Council for Economic and Social Development (CDES). Jank has a Ph.D. from the School of Economics and Business, University of São Paulo (USP/FEA), a M.Sc. in agri-food policies at IAM Montpellier-France and a B.Sc. in Agronomy at ESALQ. Marcos Jank has published over 200 works and presented about 500 lectures in events in the country and abroad, and has over 20 years of experience in topics related to the agri-food industry. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.


Nelson Salgado
Born in 1960, Mr. Salgado graduated in engineering and earned a master’s degree from the University of São Paulo. In 1997 he was awarded a PhD Degree in computational Mechanics by the Wessex Institute of Technology, England and later became a visiting professor at the aeronautical engineering division of ITA, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica. In 2002 he completed a MBA at Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo. Mr. Salgado has been with Embraer for 27 years. Having started at the engineering department, he held executive positions on corporate functions such as Strategic Planning, Economical and Financial Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions. From early 2012 to January 2014 he was the CEO of Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, a joint venture company formed by Embraer and Telebras. In February 2014, Mr. Salgado rejoined Embraer S.A. as Vice President of Institutional Relations and Sustainability.
Pedro Freitas
Pedro is the Managing Partner of Veirano Advogados. In the beginning of 2011, Pedro was appointed as the Honorary Consul of India in the city of Rio de Janeiro working intensively to promote business between the two countries. Pedro came back to Veirano after more than 20 years, returning to the firm where he started his career. Before rejoining Veirano, Pedro was Global General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Vale do Rio Doce, for 6 years. Pedro also held the positions of General Counsel for Brasil Telecom S.A., in Brasilia, for 3 years after its privatization, and General Counsel for Organizações Odebrecht ( Construction and Concession) for 8 years, in Sao Paulo, and Senior Counsel at the International Finance Corporation – IFC for 6 years, in Washington D.C, USA. He started his career with Veirano (which was then the Rio de Janeiro office of Baker & McKenzie), having also practiced in Chicago at the Baker & McKenzie headquarters.
Roberto Milani
Roberto Milani, who is the co-founder of the Brazil-China Enterprising Council, built a solid 30-year career in one of the largest Brazilian trading companies, the Comexport Group. He started his career at the age of 20, as a trainee, and continued working in virtually every department of the company, of which he is currently the Vice-President, as well as shareholder and the main commercial executive. He designed and developed supply systems of raw materials and semi-finished products for Brazilian industries, in various countries and varied fields. He keeps active commercial relationship with industries established in all five continents, and strong strategic partnerships in countries as diverse as China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Indonesia, Malasya, Paskistan, Angola and Cuba, among others. He developed and established offices in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Angola. He has conducted businesses in China since the beginning of the 80’s and was one of the first Brazilians to participate in import / export transactions in such country, where the Comexport group keeps two offices. He has founded the first Chinese-Brazilian trading company, where an expressive group of Brazilian and Chinese professionals are employed. He has graduated as a business administrador from the Brazilian University Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP) and has obtained his masters degree in Marketing in the United States.
Renato Lulia Jacob
Renato Lulia is Managing Director and Board Member of Itaú BBA International plc, in London, where he is in charge of corporate and investment banking for Northern Europe, Portugal and Asia. In his prior assignment, he led the expansion of Itaú BBA in Latin America and launched operations in Argentina, where he then served as the corporate banking head and member of the executive committee. Before joining Itaú BBA Brazil as a senior banker, Mr. Lulia had diverse assignments in Brazil and in the USA, working for Citibank and ECR. Mr. Lulia studied civil engineering at University of São Paulo’s (USP) and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and conversational French.

Fabiana D'Atri - Economy Director
Fabiana D’Atri is currently the senior economist of Bradesco´s Economics Department. She was also economist of BBI Banco Bradesco de Investimento. As well as her experience with Bradesco, she has also worked for Mauá Asset Management, Tendências Consultoria and Banco Real ABN AMRO. She has a master´s degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and is graduated in economics at University of São Paulo (USP). Her current work focuses on the Chinese economy and Brazilian macroeconomic issues.

Sergio Amaral - Emeritus President
Ambassador Amaral was born in São Paulo in 1944. He received a law degree at the University of São Paulo and a few years later the Diploma of Superior Studies on Political Science (DESS) at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne), under the guidance of Professor Maurice Duverger. As a career diplomat he served in Paris, Bonn, Geneva and twice in Washington. He was Ambassador to London and Paris. He was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia. He served as chief debt negotiator for Brazil before the Bank Advisory Committee and the Paris Club. In that capacity he concluded in 1988 a set of debt restructuring agreements in the overall amount of 80 billion dollars. He was alternate Governor to the IMF and World Bank for a few years, having been elected to chair the G 24 for international financial issues. He was also alternate Representative of Brazil before the GATT during the Uruguay Round negotiations. Ambassador Amaral served in high level positions at the Brazilian administration, such as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Vice Minister for the Environment. During the administration of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ambassador Amaral was a member of the Cabinet for six years. First as Secretary of Social Communication and spokesman for the President; then as Minister for Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. He was further President of the Foreign Trade Council of Ministers (CAMEX) and Chairman of the National Bank for Development (BNDES). He is now Director for International Studies at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, Counselor to the Federation of Industry of São Paulo and a partner to Felsberg and Associates, a law firm. He sits in the board of a few companies, including the International Advisory Board of Total, one of the largest oil companies in the world; the Managing Board of AES Eletropaulo, the largest energy distribution company in Brazil; the Mercosur Board of Plastic Omnium, a French company; member of the Governing Board of WWF Brazil and President emeritus of the China-Brazil Business Council. Ambassador Amaral received several distinguished Brazilian and foreign decorations, including: Grand Officier de la Légion d´Honneur (France -1998); Knight Commander of the British Empire K.B.E. (1997); Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique (Portugal -1995); Great Cross of the Sacred Treasury (Japan - 1996) Ambassador Amaral speaks six languages and has published articles and essays in Brazil and abroad.

Honorary Members

Ivan Ramalho
Ivan Ramalho was President of ABECE, and actually is the High General Representative of the Mercosur. He is economist, a retired official of the Banco do Brasil, member of the Board of Directors of BNDESPar and Board Member of the Foundation Studies Center of Foreign Trade (Funcex). Ramalho worked at MDIC for 16 years, where he served as Executive Secretary from 2005 to 2010 and has held many times over as Minister of State. He also held the position of Secretary of Foreign Trade of MDIC between 2003 and 2006. He left the federal government in late 2010. Ivan Ramalho was also Director of the Department of Foreign Trade Operations (Decex), Deputy Secretary of Secex and Coordinator of the technical group responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Integrated Foreign Trade (Siscomex).
Luiz Fernando Furlan
LUIZ FERNANDO FURLAN, Brazilian, 66 years old, married, graduated in Chemical Engineering from FEI (Industrial Engineering Faculty) and in Business Administration from University of Santana - São Paulo, with extension and specialization courses in Brazil and abroad, focused on stock market, foreign trade and agribusiness. Was Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil from 2003 to 2007. Numerous executive positions from 1976 to 2002 at Sadia S.A., a leading producer of frozen foods in Brazil, including Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1992 to 2002 and 2008 to 2009. Was Co-chairman of the Board of Director of BRF - Brasil Foods from 2009 to 2011. At present, he is member of the Board of Directors of BRF-Brasil Foods S.A., AMIL Participações S.A., Telefónica S.A. (Spain), Telefônica do Brasil S.A. and AGCO Corporation (USA) as well as member of Advisory Board of Panasonic (Japan) and Wal-Mart (USA). He is Chairman of Sustainable Amazonas Foundation.

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