Antenor Silva Jr.; Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman
Mr. Silva recently retired from a very successful career at Yamana, where he was
President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Silva has more than 40 years of experience
in the mining and chemical industries, having worked in various roles including
executive management, operations, research and development, engineering and construction.
He is known as one of the pioneers in research and development for metallurgy and
engineering for mining projects in Brazil. Mr. Silva also helped to develop an innovative
metallurgical process that permitted the concentration of lower grade phosphate
rock into a high grade concentrate. This process has led to the highly profitable
development and growth of phosphate fertilizer production in Brazil. Mr. Silva holds
a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Universidade de Sao Paulo.
Roberto Busato Belger – President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Belger brings over 32 years of experience in fertilizer operations and mine
management, primarily in Brazil. Mr. Belger is a mining engineer and, most recently,
was Chief Operating Officer of Fosfertil Fertilizantes SA. Fosfertil is Latin America´s
largest supplier of phosphate and nitrogen based inputs for fertilizer production.
Mr. Belger has held various roles within the Bunge Group including the positions
of CEO of Bunge´s fertilizer business in Argentina, Industrial Director, Chief Information
Officer, Director of Strategic Planning, Board member of Bunge´s associate companies,
Industrial Manager of Mining and Chemical Complexes and Manager of Engineering and
Technology. Mr. Belger graduated from UFRGS Brazil in Mine Engineering, and completed
post-graduate studies in Mineral Processing at Escola Politécnica-USP- Brazil, Information
Technology at MIT in the United States, and Management Accounting at FGV- Brazil.
Rodrigo Pinto, CA; Vice President, Finance and CFO
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