Cassio A. Spina, President of the Brazilian Business Angels Network (ANJOS DO BRASIL), has been appointed as High Commissioner for Brazil. High Commissioner Spina represents Brazil in the Global Innovation and Technology Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
A graduate of Escola Politécnica of USP in electronics engineering, Cassio Spina was an entrepreneur for 25 years in the tech sector and is currently an M&A and corporate venture advisor, angel investor in start-ups and a board member. Cassio is also the founder of Anjos do Brasil (www.anjosdobrasil.net) a non-profit organization for fostering angel investment, and Altivia Ventures (www.altivia.net.br). He is also a columnist/contributor of major publications, an Endeavor mentor and author of the book Angel Investor: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs and Investors.
Marcelo de Andrade, Earth Capital Holdings Partner & President of the Earth Capital Brasil, Brazil.
Marcelo Carvalho de Andrade is considered a true visionary and leader of our time ( " The true visionaries of our time" - Martin Haeusler, Time Magazine/CNN, Mitchel Prize, UN Earth Day International Award, etc.).
The Brazilian graduated in medicine, became an Olympic rowing athlete, but gained fame as a worldwide expeditionary, businessman and environmentalist as he decided to help bridge the gap between economic development and social / environmental wellness, harnessing financial and corporate know-how to the task of creating sustainable solutions for the development of human kind's life quality.
During his expeditions to the highest mountains, most isolated forests and deserts in the world, Marcelo discovered situations of extreme poverty and deforestation in regions of highest biological diversity. As a result, in 1985, he founded a non-profit sustainable development agency named Pro Natura as a contribution to solving these problems attacking its direct cause: the world's outdated model of economic development. The strategy has always been to stimulate environmentally sound, socially just and inclusive economic integrated projects in disadvantaged regions around the world.
Later this approach would be known as “sustainability”, making him and the organization one of the pioneers of the area in the world.
Marcelo also co-founded Terra Capital in the mid-90s, the first Venture Capital Fund with full environmental guidelines and in 2008 Earth Capital Partners: a responsible investor, part of a global group of investment managers with a focus on sustainability.
Since then, Marcelo has dedicated his life to the crusade of combining human dignity, nature, and business in over 60 countries in the creation of a worldwide model of sustainable development.
Country Manager PayU
Felipe Gonçalves has over 12 years of experience in cross-cultural companies. With an MBA in Business Administration from INSEAD, The Business School for the World in Fontainebleau, and Singapore, Felipe had the opportunity to build solid global financial and commercial projects for digital companies and startups such as B2W, Adyen and IBM, with a strong background in international markets, especially Latam. Felipe currently is the Brazil Country Manager for PayU since 2019, taking over command of Brazil's operations, which includes leading a diverse team of 60+ employees, develop and manage all industry and government strategic partnerships, manage local & global clients, as well as develop new businesses that shall meet market expansion plans.