Cristiano Melcher; President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Melcher is an experienced senior executive in the resource, fertilizer and chemical sectors,
primarily in Brazil. Prior to joining MBAC, Mr. Melcher was the Chief Executive Officer of Fosbrasil,
the leading purified phosphoric acid producer in South America. Mr. Melcher had a long and successful
career with the Anglo American PLC (“Anglo”) organization where he was Executive Director and board member
of Copebras, a leading Brazilian phosphate fertilizer producer owned by Anglo. Mr. Melcher also held a
number of other positions within the Anglo organization including Head of Marketing, Strategy, Business
Development and Asset Optimization for Phosphates, Nickel and Niobium, Head of the Phosphate and Niobium
Business Unit and Vice President Corporate Finance. Mr. Melcher is also a board member of industry sector
associations including SINPRIFERT (Association of Fertilizer Producing Companies) and ABIQUIM (Association
of the Brazilian Chemical Industry). Mr. Melcher graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the
Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and obtained his MBA from INSEAD, France.
Rodrigo Pinto, CA; Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pinto has 15 years of accounting, auditing, consulting and finance experience in roles
with major companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Yamana Gold Inc. and TD Bank.
Mr. Pinto is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant in the United States, and
holds the equivalent of a CPA designation in Brazil.
Stephen Burleton; Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Burleton has over 18 years of experience in the Canadian investment banking
industry having dealt with companies in mining, industrial and consumer products.
Most recently he was responsible for the agricultural sector as Managing Director
with a leading Canadian boutique investment bank.
Carlos Braga; Vice President, Technical Services
Mr. Braga is a Mining Engineer and holds an MBA from Cornell University. He has
significant experience in the Brazilian mining, fertilizer and strategy consulting
sectors. Before joining MBAC, Mr. Braga worked at A.T. Kearney, managing strategic
consulting projects at various industries in Latin America. Prior to that, Mr. Braga
worked at a large mining and metals company with over $1.5 billion in revenues.
Mr. Braga also worked for Fosfertil, managing operations in the mining and fertilizer
Nelson Canato Jr., Vice President, Operations
Mr. Canato has been involved in fertilizer operations for over 25 years in increasing
roles of responsibility in maintenance and operations and was most recently Head of Operations in Anglo American
Phosphate Brazil Ltda. Mr. Canato graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Estadual Paulista
UNESP, São Paulo and has an Executive MBA from IBMEC, São Paulo.