Management Team

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 industries.

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.