Team

"I do what you can't, and you do what I can't. Together we can do great things" (Mother Teresa of Calcutta). This is one of the guiding principles of Lobo Engenharia in the constitution of its team.

    "I do what you can't, and you do what I can't. Together we can do great things" (Mother Teresa of Calcutta). This is one of the guiding principles of Lobo Engenharia in the constitution of its team. Check out below, the diversity of expertise, professional experiences, and ethical reliability of our team.



  • Vicente Humberto Lobo Cruz
    Mining Engineer, with an MBA in Business Management, he is the founding partner of Lobo Engenharia, with 33 years of experience in management positions, operation and planning of mining units, and development of mineral processes. He was a process engineer at Paulo Abib Engenharia S.A., and was in charge of the operations and maintenance of mining units at Goiás Fértil and Ultrafertil. He held the positions of Executive Director of Operations at Bunge Fertilizantes, Director of Operations of Phosphated Fertilizers at Vale Fertilizantes, acting in Brazil and abroad, and effective member of the Board of Directors at Fertilizantes Fosfatados S.A. - Fosfértil. He was also an effective member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Governance and People Committee at Tupy S.A., a senior advisor at Sigma Mining (A10 Fund), a board member of the magazine Brasil Mineral, and an Associate Director in charge of the Fertilizers and Remineralizers Unit at Mining Business Platform Ltda., as well as consultant of the Environment Department of Gorceix Foundation. From 2016 to 2018 he held the position of Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation, having developed and coordinated the program: Revitalization of the Brazilian Mineral Industry, which resulted in the creation of the National Mining Agency, in the updating of the Mining Code, and in the new Law of Financial Compensation for the Exploitation of Mineral Resources - CFEM.


  • OUR TEAM IN THE AREAS OF GEOLOGY AND EVALUATION OF RESOURCES AND RESERVES is composed of senior professionals with diversified experiences in mineral research, ranging from its most traditional methods, such as probing, geophysics, geochemistry, to the use of modern 3D mineral deposit modeling software, and calculations of resources and reserves in accordance with international standards. They are:



  • Wilson Miola
    Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, offering more than 40 years of international experience in project development engineering, process integration and optimization.• Conducted world class projects in South America in iron ore, precious and base metals, and industrial minerals. Projects developed in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Mozambique, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, China, Australia, USA, Thailand and Indonesia for iron ore, gold, nickel, copper, polymetallic sulfides, manganese, kaolin, alumina, potassium, phosphate, uranium and coal in open pit and underground mines.• Track record of adding shareholder value by assertive responsible decision in challenging scenarios. • Robust connectivity to ensure sustainability and integrated and dynamic process optimization from mine to mill. Automation, robotics, IoT, machine learning, remote sensing and monitoring solutions, big data analytics, operational and financial performance improvement. "Qualified Person" (QP) under NI43101, SEC, "Competent Person" under JORC and other codes for various commodities, including Iron Ores, Nickel, Gold, Coal, Bauxite, Copper, Potassio, Phosphate, Manganese, among others, Fellow Member of AUSIMM.

  • Evangelina Maria Apparicio
    Mining Engineer, Master in Geostatistical Simulation, Engineering of Systems and Computing from COOPE/UFRJ, with solid experience in audits, evaluation and certification of resources and reserves. She was a professor at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, from 1979 to 1987. Her professional experience includes stints at Vale Fertilizantes, as an Evaluation Manager of Resource and Reserves; Bunge, as a Long Term Planning Manager; Vale S.A, involving several projects in Brazil and abroad with works in Geometallurgy and conducting Due Diligence; Paulo Abib Engenharia and PPM- Processos e Projetos Minerais, with consultancies for several mining companies.
  • Marco Aurélio Perez do Nascimento
    Engineer, with a Brazilian-Australian citizenship, he has more than 45 years of experience in the mineral industry, specialized in the development of computational applications for estimating reserves and planning of mining and of geostatistics for content estimates. In the 1990s, he developed the geopit software, which consists of a series of routines for application in mining planning, with emphasis on shielding control. From 2000 to 2012, he worked as an engineer for Fortescue Metals Group in Australia. His professional background includes stints at Paulo Abib Engenharia, Vale (North and South Complexes), and Samitri. He is the president of RSK Consultores do Brasil, which offers planning services.
  • Jorge Silva Bettencourt
    Born in Cabo Verde, he graduated as a geologist at the University of São Paulo, obtaining his Doctor´s degree in Economic Geology, and was later granted tenure at the same University. Before dedicating to the teaching and research career at the University of São Paulo and the University of the State of São Paulo, he performed several geological services around the world: Sweden, Finland and the USA, being a visiting researcher in the latter, improving his knowledge in methods of mineral exploration, regional geology, and geochemistry. He developed his postdoctoral work, with focus on metallogeny, at the Bureau de Recherches Minières, Orleans, in the laboratory of stable isotopes at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, and at the Fluid Inclusions Laboratory of the Center for Petrographic and Geochemical Research at the University of Nancy. His international experience also includes stints as a visiting researcher at the Natural Environment Research Center in England, Stanford University (USA), and the University of British Columbia in Canada.
  • Zander L. Castro
    Geologist and lawyer, with expertise in interpretation of satellite images, photointerpretation, structural geology, and mineral legislation, who worked as an independent consultant in mineral law for several junior companies. His professional experience includes stints at DNPM (current ANM), as a geologist in charge of mine inspection, analysis of requirements for obtaining research permits, and partial and final research reports. At Grupo Rio Tinto and at C.C.O Mineração, he acted as a supervisor of Research Permits, in the preparation of Research Plans, in the partial and final Research Reports, and in the interlocution of the company with federal agencies, such as: DNPM (current ANM), IBAMA, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of the Environment, FUNAI, CREA, among other institutions.


  • OUR TEAM OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF ORES, MINERAL BENEFICIATION AND MINERAL TRANSFORMATION is composed of a wide range of professionals, with solid and diversified experience in Brazil and abroad, with the capacity to enable technically and economically the most diverse mineral portfolios. They are:

  • Henrique Khan
    Geologist graduated from USP, with a Master's degree in Mineralogy and Petrography, and a Doctor´s degree in Mineral Engineering, both from USP. His main areas of expertise include applied mineralogy, characterization, and geometallurgy in projects of metallic and industrial minerals, as well as analytical techniques and mineral processing. For longer than forty years, he has been acting on projects with a wide range of mineral goods: phosphate, iron, aluminum, manganese, copper, zinc, nickel, niobium, tantalum, rare earths, lithium, tin, titanium, vanadium, zirconium, gold, platinoids, and industrial minerals of diverse nature (carbonates, sand for glass, metallic silicon, mineral loads, etc.), as well as construction and demolition waste, and ceramic and cementitious materials. From 1978 to 1988 he worked at Paulo Abib Engenharia acting in the areas of applied mineralogy and mineral processing. From 1984 to 2018 he worked at the Polytechnic School acting in the area of technological characterization of mineral resources, raw materials, and materials in general, and was in charge of the implantation, consolidation, and coordination of the Laboratory of Technological Characterization - LCT. Since 2018, he has been a consultant in the characterization of mineral resources and geometallurgy.
  • Homero Delboni Jr.
    Mining engineer, Ph.D. in Mineral Processing (University of Queensland - Australia), he is a professor and researcher in the Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at the University of São Paulo, and an independent consultant in Metallurgy. He is a specialist in the design and optimization of industrial plants for the beneficiation of ores, equipment and processes of comminution, modeling and simulation of circuits of ore beneficiation, development of processes for concentration of ores (gravitational, magnetic, flotation), gold cyanidation, and geometallurgy programs. His portfolio of "green field" projects of grinding circuits, developed for large to medium-sized mining companies and involving the production of millions of tons/year of iron ores, copper, gold, bauxite, zinc, among other metallic and non-metallic substances, add up to more than 50, while the "brown field" projects of expansion and optimization of industrial grinding circuits based on field surveys add up to more than 30. There are dozens of other projects developed in the area of characterization of ores and development of beneficiation process, in addition to those of geometallurgical modeling, integrating the mining project of rock dismantling with explosives with comminution and flotation.
  • Nelson Takessi Shimabukuro
    Mining engineer, specialized in the development of mineral processes, technical feasibility studies, elaboration of basic and detailed conceptual projects, as well as project management and industrial operations. In the phosphatic ore industry, he participated in several studies to improve flotation processes (use of reagents and alternative equipment, ultrafine recovery from tailings, among other studies), and was responsible for the expansion of the production of phosphate from Cajati, including the elaboration of the conceptual project, technical and economic feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, implantation, startup and operation of the beneficiation plant, expansion of the Araxá phosphate mine project, and the basic project of concentration of the phosphatic ore of Anitápolis. His extensive professional experience in mineral processes, in Brazil and abroad, include stints at Paulo Abib Engenharia, Vale Fertilizantes, where he managed the mineral technology area, and Bunge, in addition to having worked as a project engineer at Mineração Taboca, and at SAIV – Indústrias Votorantim, as the head of production operations of limestone for Portland cement.
  • Luiz Antônio Fonseca de Barros
    Mining engineer, graduated from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, with a Master's degree in Mineral Technology from the Polytechnic School of USP, and a Doctor´s degree in Mineral Engineering from UFMG, with specializations in Health and Safety, Business Management, and Industrial Automation. He has 44 years of experience acting in operational technical areas in the sector of phosphated fertilizers, with industrial operation activities, technological development and process research, control and projects of mineral engineering, studies and projects of new industrial facilities, expansions and optimization of the capacity of production in large-sized companies. The projects he carried out include, among others: the expansion of production and support to the activities of the parent company Petrobras Fertilizantes in its industrial units of Araxá, Tapira, Catalão, UOT; Pipeline System Incorporated in the management of engineering projects of implantation of ore/tailings pipelines. His professional experience includes the positions of manager of mineral process at Bunge and at Vale Fertilizantes, and specialized consulting services for Galvani Indústria, Comércio e Serviços.
  • Vânia Lúcia Lima Andrade
    Bachelor's degree in chemistry with a Master's degrees in Extractive Metallurgy from UFMG, and in Technological Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA. She developed her professional career at Vale S.A. for 39 years (1974-2013), where she participated in the teams of process development of the following projects: Cauê Flotation, Capanema Flotation, Timbopeba Flotation, Carajás, Sossego Copper, and Salobo Copper. She implanted the technological planning process in the R&D units of the company, and coordinated the technological development plan at Tecnored, in addition to having worked on the team that defined the process indicators of the iron ore operating units for corporate management purposes. At Associação Brasileira de Metalurgia, Materiais e Mineração – ABM, she held the positions of Director of the Technical Division of Iron Ore, Counselor of the Administration, and coordinator of the mining symposia of ABMWEEK. In 2018, she held the position of Director of Technology and Mineral Transformation of the Secretariat of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation of the Ministry of Mines and Energy. As an independent consultant, she evaluated the Production Master Plan of the mines Várzea do Lopes and Miguel Burnier of Gerdau Mineração, implanted the Innovative Ideas Management program for SETE - Technologies of Environmentsl Studies (Program Renew SETE), and the Process Reassessment Project of SETE - Technologies of Environmental Studies.
  • João de Brito
    Master´s degree in Engineering of Processes and Production from IPEN (Department of Chemical Engineering of the Nuclear Energy Institute), ongoing doctorate (Dr. Gil Andery – Poli-USP) in Extraction by Rare Earth Solvents, and an ongoing course of Environmental Engineering. Thirteen years of experience at INB (former Nuclebras), Poços de Caldas Project, in the process of purification of uranium, zirconium and molybdenum by processes of leaching of rocks with uranium minerals from Poços de Caldas, Lagoa Real, Itataia and Figueira (Paraná), extraction by solvents and by "yellow cake" precipitation. Patents: Uranium Extraction and Purification Process, by solvent extraction, and separation of Uranium and Zirconium. Two-year experience at the company Paulo Abib Engenharia, in the process of recovery of gold by leaching with cyanide, in Araci, Bahia. Patent: Process of recovery and purification of sodium chloride, from halite, obtained in the process of flotation of silvinite (Petromisa). Thirty years of experience in the Fertilizer, Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition Industries of Bunge Fertilizantes. Participation of the start of the plant of purification of phosphoric acid (Fosbrasil) via extraction by solvents in extractor columns. Participation in the projects of phosphoric acid with the rocks from Cajati, Tapira, Catalão, Bayovar and Morocco. Participation in the dicalcium and monocalcium phosphate manufacturing projects at the plants of Cajati, Uberaba and Salitre plants. He held the following positions at Bunge Fertilizantes and ValeFertilizantes: Manager of the Cajati Phosphoric Acid and Animal Nutrition Industrial Plants , Manager of Chemical Technology and New Products at Bunge Fertilizantes, Specialist in Chemical Processes at Vale Fertilizantes.
  • Saulo Meda
    Academic Studies Diploma in Mathematics, Faculty of Philosophy, Science & Letters of Registro, São Paulo State, Brazil. Industrial Chemist, Industrial Chemistry Technical College Santo André, São Paulo State, Brazil. Production Engineering – Universidade Santo Amaro – São Paulo Training Courses – Work Experience 1987 One month in the purified acid plant of Prayon in Belgium. The process uses solvent extraction to purify Wet Process acid to food grade acid. Prayon – Rupel, Engis & Puurs, Belgium. 1987 Mission in TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) e IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Centre) USA. 2 of 6 pecialisation Courses: 1975 Course on Instrumentation and Process Control 1976 Accident Prevention Course 1981 Course on Total Production Maintenance 1986 Intensive Course on Agitation 1988/90/93 Computer Courses in Lotus 1.2.3, Statigraf, Excel & Word 1999/2000 Certificate ISO 9000/9001:2000 2005/2006 English Courses Hazop – Hazard and Operability International Workshop on Phosphogypsum uses. 2014/2015 Course in environmental aspects of production. 2014/2015 Course in Management and Leadership.
  • Rinaldo Nardi
    Mining engineer, specialist in international technical cooperation projects, and a doctor in mineral engineering with solid professional experience in the management of conceptual projects, basic and of technical-economic feasibility, startup of industrial plants, involving multidisciplinary teams in the area of mineral engineering. He was an engineer at Vale for 25 years, acting as an engineering manager of the Department of Non-Ferrous Projects and Industrial Minerals, a technical coordinator of development of strategic ventures, including Onça Puma Mining (Pará), INCO (Canada), Bayoar Phosphate Project (Peru), Moatize Coal Project, Mozambique (2006 - 2007), besides having coordinated the process engineering of several copper projects (Salobo, Sossego, Igarapé Bahia, Cristalino). As an independent consultant, he has acted on several projects in Brazil and abroad, such as: the startup of the plant and pelletizing of Casa de Pedra (CSN), the Coal Washers Project (Prospera Coal Company), and the Mineral Project of Hierro de El Mutun, Bolivia (Government of Bolivia).
  • Luiz Fernando Quirino Loureiro
    Chemical engineer, with an MBA in Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He has an extensive experience in the development of basic and detailed conceptual projects of beneficiation plants of phosphated fertilizers, plants for the production of phosphoric and sulfuric acid, ranging from the definition of equipment, installation, startup of operations, control of costs, and quality, to the development of new products. He held several leadership and management positions, such as Director of Project and Technology at Vale Fertilizantes, Project Director and General Coordinator at Bunge Fertilizantes - Morocco (BMP), and Manager of Development and New Technologies at Bunge - Brazil. At Fertilizantes Fosfatados S.A. – Fosfértil, as manager of the Technical Department, he was responsible for the implantation of automation systems in the operational units, and as head of the production sector, he was in charge of the movement and dispatch of products and raw materials. At Cia. Agrícola de Goiás - Cagico, he was head of the sector of product quality.


  • OUR ENGINEERING PROJECTS AND MARKET STUDIES TEAM has recognized experience and successful cases in the implantation of mining projects from the FEL 1 to the FEL 3 phase. Check out below who are the experienced engineers who take part in our team:

  • José Luiz Amarante Araújo
    Mining engineer, with a post-graduate degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, and Ecole de Commerce Solvay, ULB, Belgium, with a solid experience in mine management and operation, management and technological development, market opening for mineral products, marketing, and sales. His professional experience includes 14 years of services provided to Vale, before and after privatization, where he held the following positions: manager of operations at Mina de Timbopeba (MG), general manager of development and technology at the Pelletizing and Metallic Board, director of marketing and sales at Rio Doce Manganês, and sales director of Rio Doce Internacional – Belgium. In 2007, at the invitation of entrepreneur Eike Batista, he left Vale and took over the Commercial Board of MMX, maintaining the same position after the acquisition of the assets Minas-Rio and Amapá by Anglo American. In 2011, he left Anglo American and started his career as an Independent Consultant, rendering services to mining and steel companies, in addition to performing academic activities, acting as a professor for IAG/PUC Rio.
  • José Carlos Martins
    Economist, with more than 50 years of experience and leadership in the mining-metallurgical sector, he has held several positions as a Director and CEO of large corporations. He was an Executive Director at Vale, for more than 10 years, and at CSN, as well as a Commercial Director of Siderúrgica N.S. Aparecida Ltda. He held the position of President at Rexam Beverage Can South America S.A, the largest producer of aluminum beverage cans in Latin America, and of President at Aço Villares. His professional background also includes the functions of member of the board at NovaAgri, senior consultant at Neelix Consulting Metals&Mining and at Bahia Mineração.
  • Antônio Carlos Jambeiro de Oliveira
    Metallurgical Engineer from the Fluminense Federal University, with a Master's and a Doctor's degree in Mining Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, he has more than 40 years of experience in the mineral industry in market studies and technical and economic feasibility of ventures, investment estimates and operational costs (Capex and Opex), evaluation of occurrences and mineral prospectuses, in Brazil and abroad, aiming at the development of new businesses, technical and economic audits aimed at acquisitions, mergers, and constitution of joint ventures, as well as actions aimed at improving results and automating beneficiation plants. He was responsible for the development of beneficiation processes for different metallic and non-metallic mineral goods, and metallurgical processes for companies such as Fosfértil, Fosfago, CSN, Cosipa, Votorantim, Vale, Anglo American, among others.
  • Fausto Douglas Corrêa
    Civil engineer with specializations in Special Constructions, Mechanical Design, Optical Network Construction Techniques, and Special Projects Management, with extensive experience in coordination, management of projects for the construction, and implantation of Industrial Ventures, preparation of technical-economic feasibility studies, basic and detailed conceptual projects, as well as operational routines. In the mineral area, he worked in the development of studies and projects of beneficiation plants, handling of solids, sizing of equipment and systems, preparation of technical specifications, analysis, and technical opinions. Examples of work he developed for the mineral sector through engineering and consulting companies are: conceptual project (level FEL 2) of expansion of the vanadium beneficiation plant, in Maricás - BA, with the inclusion of one more crushing station, dry magnetic separation, and of the chemical plant (Largo Resource/Aliance 4E); project of updating the production plant of iron-nickel and CO production in Cuba (C.O.I - Odebrescht); Project Goiás II - Pre-Feasibility Study - FEL 2 (Anglo American); 220 MW thermoelectric for the Colorado River Potassium Project (SINC-Lavalin - Minerconsult); conceptual design of the Ferroalloy Plant (Vale); Iron-Nickel Plant Morro Sem Boné (Anglo American); Iron-Nickel project (Votorantim), among others.
  • Hélio Antônio da Silva


  • OUR TEAM OF INSTITUTIONAL AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS is composed of professionals with extensive experience in managing and advising large companies in the mining-metallurgical sector in their relations with large industrial and financial groups, and government sectors. They are:

  • Vicente Humberto Lobo Cruz
    Mining Engineer, with an MBA in Business Management, he is the founding partner of Lobo Engenharia, with 33 years of experience in management positions, operation and planning of mining units, and development of mineral processes. He was a process engineer at Paulo Abib Engenharia S.A., and was in charge of the operations and maintenance of mining units at Goiás Fértil and Ultrafertil. He held the positions of Executive Director of Operations at Bunge Fertilizantes, Director of Operations of Phosphated Fertilizers at Vale Fertilizantes, acting in Brazil and abroad, and effective member of the Board of Directors at Fertilizantes Fosfatados S.A. - Fosfértil. He was also an effective member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Governance and People Committee at Tupy S.A., a senior advisor at Sigma Mining (A10 Fund), a board member of the magazine Brasil Mineral, and an Associate Director in charge of the Fertilizers and Remineralizers Unit at Mining Business Platform Ltda., as well as consultant of the Environment Department of Gorceix Foundation. From 2016 to 2018 he held the position of Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation, having developed and coordinated the program: Revitalization of the Brazilian Mineral Industry, which resulted in the creation of the National Mining Agency, in the updating of the Mining Code, and in the new Law of Financial Compensation for the Exploitation of Mineral Resources - CFEM
  • João Santos Coelho Neto
    Lawyer, with specialization in Mining Assistance from UNB, and International Comparative Petroleum Legislation, from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He was Attorney General in the city of João Pessoa – PB, and as a member of the law firm Irapuan Sobral – Advogados Associados, he acted in several cases before the Superior Courts (STJ, TSE and TCU) and the Supreme Court. His expertise in mineral legislation led him to occupy several positions within the sector, such as: Manager of Institutional Relations, and Coordinator of Economic Affairs at Vale S.A., in Brasília; General Coordinator of Metallurgy and Transformation of Non-Metallic Minerals of the Secretariat of Mines and Metallurgy; Legislative Consultant of the House of Representatives (Areas of Parliamentary Writing and of Mining and Energy); Advisor to the Minister of State for Mines and Energy (1978), Advisor to the General Director of the National Department of Mineral Production - DNPM (1976 to 1978), and also Director of Administration at DNPM. As a pro bono collaborator of the Secretariat of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation (SGM) of the Ministry of Mines and Energy he participated in the preparation of the set of normative acts (provisional measures, decrees, etc.), as well as the respective explanatory statements, which are part of the "Mineral Sector Revitalization Plan" - 2016-2017.
  • Maria Jose Gazzi Salum
    Mining Engineer with a Doctor's degree in Mineral Technology from UFMG, she acted as an Associate Professor of the Department of Mining Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG, from 1977 to 2010. She has teaching and research experience in the areas of ore beneficiation, sustainable development in mining and in the environment. In the scope of UFMG, she held the positions of head of the Department of Mining Engineering, Deputy Director of the School of Engineering, and Pro-Rector of Human Resources. She was the Director of Sustainable Development in Mining at the Secretariat of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, for two periods (2005 to 2010 and 2016 to 2018), a full representative of this Ministry in the National Council of the Environment, and in charge of the development/coordination of several programs/projects focused on the sustainability of the mineral sector, such as the position of Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation from October/2018 to January/2019. As an independent consultant, she acted in the management and review of processes and projects in the social-environmental area for companies and institutions, such as: Vale S.A, Ferrous Resources of Brazil, Kinross, Belocal Mining, Sigma Mining S.A., IBRAM, among others.
  • José Luiz Amarante Araújo
    Mining engineer, with a post-graduate degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, and Ecole de Commerce Solvay, ULB, Belgium, with a solid experience in mine management and operation, management and technological development, market opening for mineral products, marketing, and sales. His professional experience includes 14 years of services provided to Vale, before and after privatization, where he held the following positions: manager of operations at Mina de Timbopeba (MG), general manager of development and technology at the Pelletizing and Metallic Board, director of marketing and sales at Rio Doce Manganês, and sales director of Rio Doce Internacional – Belgium. In 2007, at the invitation of entrepreneur Eike Batista, he left Vale and took over the Commercial Board of MMX, maintaining the same position after the acquisition of the assets Minas-Rio and Amapá by Anglo American. In 2011, he left Anglo American and started his career as an Independent Consultant, rendering services to mining and steel companies, in addition to performing academic activities, acting as a professor for IAG/PUC Rio.


  • OUR TEAM IN THE SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL AREA is composed of professionals with diversified performance, in public and private institutions, covering the entire extent of this important area for the development of mining projects:

  • Maria Jose Gazzi Salum
    Mining Engineer with a Doctor's degree in Mineral Technology from UFMG, she acted as an Associate Professor of the Department of Mining Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG, from 1977 to 2010. She has teaching and research experience in the areas of ore beneficiation, sustainable development in mining and in the environment. In the scope of UFMG, she held the positions of head of the Department of Mining Engineering, Deputy Director of the School of Engineering, and Pro-Rector of Human Resources. She was the Director of Sustainable Development in Mining at the Secretariat of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, for two periods (2005 to 2010 and 2016 to 2018), a full representative of this Ministry in the National Council of the Environment, and in charge of the development/coordination of several programs/projects focused on the sustainability of the mineral sector, such as the position of Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation from October/2018 to January/2019. As an independent consultant, she acted in the management and review of processes and projects in the social-environmental area for companies and institutions, such as: Vale S.A, Ferrous Resources of Brazil, Kinross, Belocal Mining, Sigma Mining S.A., IBRAM, among others.
  • Ana Lucia Silva Taveira
    She has postdoctoral and doctoral degrees in Mining Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP), a master's degree in Geosciences from the Institute of Geosciences of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). She is a Mining Engineer from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), and a Work Safety Engineer from the University São Paulo (USP). She has 24 years of management experience in the areas of health, work safety, occupational hygiene, and the environment, acting in large-sized mining, steel and chemical companies which operate in Brazil and abroad – Jaakko Poyry Brazil, Rio Tinto, Votorantim Metais, and Kinross Paracatu. From 2001 to 2017, she coordinated closure plans of mining and chemical units. She performed Due Diligences in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, USA, and Germany, focusing on the assessment of liabilities for processes of acquisition. At Vale Fertilizantes she acted, for 7 years, as a corporate general manager in the areas of health, occupational hygiene, work safety, and the environment. In her post-doctorate, she was responsible for the development of the methodology called Risk Based Management of Mining Ventures, which has been applied in mine closure projects in Brazil.
  • Helder Naves Torres
    Geologist, with a post-graduate degree in Environmental Analysis for Management of Natural Resources, and a course in Environmental Judicial Analysis. The focus of his acting is: Environmental Management and Sustainability in Mining, Environmental Licensing, Water Resources and Water Granting, Recovery of Degraded Areas, Geological Risks, Judicial Analysis, Environmental Audit and Speleology. He has held the positions of Special Advisor of the Institute of the Environment and Water Resources in the Federal District/IBRAM/DF; Technical Coordinator and Advisor of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Brasília/DF. Within the scope of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, he held the following positions in the Secretariat of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation: Coordinator of Mineral Economics and Coordinator of Socio-Environmental Development in Mining. In the Ministry of the Environment he acted as Coordinator of the Dam Safety Working Group of the National Council of Water Resources/CNRH, Project Manager of Environmental Management Instrument in the Environmental Quality Board/PQA, and technical advisor to the National Council of Environment /CONAMA. In Minas Gerais he held the positions of Regional Superintendent of Environment and Sustainable Development of Triângulo Mineiro and Alto Paranaíba, and Executive Secretary of the regional unit of the State Council of Environment /COPAM, besides having held the positions of Superintendent of Environment at the City Hall of Contagem, and Director of the Department of Environmental Control and Inspection at the City Hall of Belo Horizonte. Currently, he is an environmental advisor for Cia. Urbanizadora da Nova Capital - NOVACAP, in Brasília.