Arthur Vasconcellos



Phone: +55 11 98376.2111

Has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineer and Business Administrator from the University Mackenzie of Brazil. He has had a successful career holding positions of General Manager/CEO and Business Unit Manager involving start-ups, turn-around, mergers & acquisitions, and reorganizations of companies. During his professional carrier, so far, he worked for large multinationals such as Alcan Aluminum (where he spent

20 years highlighting 6 years as Head of Latam for International Trading as well the Managing Director for two Business Units) and Alcoa Aluminum as CEO for Argentine and Chile operations. Locally he was Director for the

largest steel mill in Brazil – CSN – as well as CEO for American Chamber of Commerce – Amcham Brazil – a high caliber position where he reinforced his international relationships with the industrial sector. From January 2008 until May 2018 he was Senior Partners of two Global Executive Search Firms – the NYC headquartered CT Partners and the Toronto based Caldwell Partners, where he was responsible for searches and assessment of C-Suite executives for large multinationals.  Arthur speaks fluent Portuguese, English, and Spanish and he lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Carlos Gradim



Tel: +55 11 99424.6482

Holder of degrees in Economics from Universidade Cândido Mendes, MBA in Finance from FEA/USP and Agribusiness Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Accumulates more than 20 years of finance experience  in positions in investment banking at Citigroup, Santander, Banco Pactual, and Credit Suisse. Extensive knowledge in the real estate, metals mining and manufacturing, and agribusiness resulted in positions as CFO at BR Properties, Votorantim Siderurgia, and Biosev, Louis Dreyfuss’ Brazil agricultural operations. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Currently resides in São Paulo.

Constantino Karacostas



Phone: +55 11 98155.0111

A holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from ESPM and Business Administration from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Constantino accumulates over 27 years of experience in the Luxury Goods industry. In the capacity of Managing Director of private, high-end purveyors, he has actively promoted/supported on behalf of LVMH Group’s luxury brands, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Dior, Swarovski, and Chandon. Poitically active, Constantino held the vice-presidency of ABAV, SINDETUR, and others, continuously lobbying and assisting the Brazilian government  in further embracing global

trade and recognizing global practices in the industry. Constantino is fluent in Englsih, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, French, Italian, and gets by in Mandarin. Resides in São Paulo.

Flávio Longo



Phone: +55 11 99439.2008

Flávio Longo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Accumulates over 25 years of experience as Operations Director in GPA/Grupo Casino and Grupo Carrefour, closely developing Brazil-suited perishable and non-perishable products with major and non-major global suppliers. Was responsible for the merger and acquisition of major retail groups on behalf of GPA/Casino, later developing specific, nationwide sales channels for imported and domestically-procured goods from key worldwide suppliers and local suppliers. Flávio Longo is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Resides in São Paulo.

Jan Petter Kjekshus



Phone: +55 11 96057.1107

Jan Petter holds a bachelor’s Degree in Economics from San Diego State University and an MBA from IBMEC Brazil. With over 24 years in international trade experience as Sales & Marketing Director on behalf of Nokia and LG Electronics, Jan Petter was fundamental in developing their footprint in Brazil and Latin America, developing trade channels, marketing strategies, as well as distribution networks. Jan Petter has extensive experience on an advisory role promoting industrial trade between Brazil and East Africa. Recently, he has, on behalf of LAUT Interntional, expanded their business reach into Brazil and South America, building a complete import/export-oriented business, along with distribution channels. Jan Petter is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Norwegian. Currently resides in Brazil.

Julis Wu



Tel: +55 11 988141.1102

Holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science, and Minor in Mechanical Engineering, Elmira College, Elmira, NY. Extensive export/import experience as Sales Manager in Firestone Tire & Rubber, covering Middle East, Latin America, and Caribbean, and as Product and Sales Manager for Latin America at Caterpillar Tractor. Over 17 years as senior manager and director in Anixter International, Diveo Broadband Networks, Motorola Brazil, and Telefonica’s MVNO business unit in Brazil, importing, distributing, recruiting/nurturing/developing myriad sales channels in the Information Technology, Mobile handsets, and Telecom switching equipment industries. Directed GMR Participações private equity business in developing and promoting trade for the benefit of higher-education efforts. More recently, Managing Partner at Solar Brasil Energia, and importer and reseller of solar energy equipment. Fluent in English and Portuguese. Currently residing in São Paulo.

Sven Martin Kjekshus



Tel: +47 4528.5367

Has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineer from Paulista University, Sao Paulo and more than thirty years of experience in the oil and gas industry, during his professional carrier, so far, he has worked in major oil and gas projects, with roles within project management, procurement, commissioning, engineering, fabrication, testing of equipment, business development, strategic planning, cost control, project financing, marketing. He has a good international experience, from work in the United States, Europe, Brazil and Asia. For many years he worked in a large multinational ABB Oil and Gas and he has worked in several large multi-billion-dollar refinery projects from Petrobras Oil Company in Brazil. Sven also had experience for several years as entrepreneur in the food industry (bakeries and restaurants). Sven speaks fluent Portuguese, English and Norwegian. Today he lives in Oslo.

José Flávio Franco



Phone:  +55 11 98484.5300

Jose Flavio holds a Post Graduate Degree in Strategy & Innovation from MIT, a Master Degree in Administration from CEPEAD/UFMG  and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from UFMG in Brazil. He has had a successful career holding top-level management positions in diversified industries. In this sense, to date, he has worked for Mendes Junior International Company, Hewlett-Packard Business Consulting, SAP, Mitsubishi Corporation, among others. In the past ten years, Jose Flavio has been a board member  in a Brazilian insurance group, a Japanese chemical company (Kuraray South America), and a financial services company, formely owned by Mitsubishi Corporation (Accesstage). From 2017 thru 2019, Jose Flavio assumed the CEO position in a medium-sized group in the food industry in Brazil (Trigo & Cia).Jose Flavio is fluent in  English, Portuguese and Spanish.