Roberto is a Member of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board. Roberto is a rural entrepreneur and agronomist and is also Coordinator of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Agribusiness Center (GVAGRO) and Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo (IEA/USP). He was Brazil's Minister of Agriculture from 2003-2006 and was President of the Brazilian Rural Society and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association. He has also served on the boards of many Brazilian producers' associations and several advisory committees established by the government of Brazil. As a strong supporter of the cooperative movement, Roberto chaired the Brazilian Cooperatives Organization, the World Committee on Agricultural Cooperatives and the International Cooperative Alliance. He has served as Chair of Rural Economics at São Paulo State University in Jaboticabal. He was also a Member of the Luiz de Queiroz Agricultural Studies Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Agricultural Breeding Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), the State Science and Technology Board, the Board of Directors of the FGV School of Business Administration and the Higher Agricultural Council of the State of São Paulo, among others. Currently, Roberto is the President of the governing board of the Union of the Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA), Special Ambassador for the International Year of Cooperatives of FAO, President of the Superior Council of Agribusiness of São Paulo's Federation of Industries (FIESP) and Co-Chairman of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission (IEC) and the International Biofuels Commission. He has published hundreds of papers on agriculture, cooperatives and rural economy and is the author of nine books and co-author of several others. Roberto is an agricultural engineer and agricultural producer by training. Roberto received his BA in Agricultural Engineering from the Higher School of Agriculture Luiz de Queiroz - ESALQ-USP and holds an honorary degree from UNESP (São Paulo State University).