The Arlon Private Investing Latin America Team
Our Latin America private investment team combines their deep understanding of local Latin American markets with global expertise in food and agriculture investing to identify high-growth investment opportunities in Latin America.
The Advisory Board Members have significant food and agriculture expertise and deep business experience in Latin America and provide strategic counsel and feedback to Arlon's Investment Team as the team seeks to invest in and partner with middle-market growth companies across the food and agriculture supply chain in Latin America.
Bernardo is a Member of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board. Bernardo is the CEO for Deutsche Bank Latin America and the Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Brazil. He is also a Member of the Deutsche Bank Global Regional Management Executive Committee. Bernardo has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he was CEO of Banco Bradesco BBI SA, and before that, he was CEO of JSI Investimentos Ltda, part of Safra Group. Bernardo also worked for 14 years at Merrill Lynch where he was Country Head for Brazil, and he worked for seven years at Citigroup in Brazil. Currently, he is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Albert Einstein Hospital and of MASP (Museu de Arte São Paulo) and a Board Member of the Jewish Museum of São Paulo and Unibes - União Brasileiro-Israelita do Bem-Estar Social. Bernardo received his BA in Business Administration from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, his BA in Law from Universidade de São Paulo and a Specialization in Economics and Finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
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).
Pedro Parente - Chairman
Pedro is the former Chairman of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board. Pedro is the CEO of Petroleo Brasileiro SA and a Partner at PRADA Financial Advisory Group. Prior to this, from 2010-2014, he was the CEO and President of Bunge Brazil, a leading agribusiness company. From 2003-2009, he was the COO of Grupo RBS-Brazil, a multimedia company with operations in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. Pedro has held several positions in the Brazilian government. From 1999-2002, he was a Minister of Planning (1999) in the Government of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Chief of Staff (1999/2002) and Minister of Energy and Mining (2001/2002). From 1995-2002, Pedro was the Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Finance. He was also a consultant of the International Monetary Fund (1993-1994) and of public institutions in Brazil, including the Constitutional Assembly of 1988, and several States of the Federation. From 1985-1992, he occupied several positions in Brazil's Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning in institutional development in the public financial area in Brazil, including the creation of the National Treasury Organization (Secretaria do Tesouro Nacional). Pedro began his career in the public sector in 1971, when he joined the Bank of Brazil (Banco do Brazil). In 1973, he was transferred to the Central Bank of Brazil (Banco Central), where he remained until 1984. Pedro was the Chairman of the Boards of Banco do Brazil, the Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) and of Petrobras. He was also a member of the boards of companies such as TAM, CPFL (Chairman), Duratex, Kroton, Wilson & Sons, Grupo RBS, e Itaipu Binacional, among others. Pedro was honored with several national decorations, both civil and military. He was also awarded decorations from States of the Federation and from foreign countries. Currently, Pedro is a fellow of the George Washington University - the Center for Latin American Studies, in Washington DC, a Member of the Board of "Sou da Paz" and a Member of the New York Philharmonic International Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BM&F Bovespa, ABC Group and SBR-Global, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Continental Grain Company. Pedro graduated from the University of Brasilia.
Erik is a former Member of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board. Erik is the former CEO of Rabobank Brazil and the former Head of South America for Rabobank. He joined Rabobank in 1997, initially in the Agri Project Finance Group in Utrecht. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Brazil where he built a Structured Finance group and starting in 2001, headed the Corporate Bank. In 2004, Erik was appointed CEO of Rabobank Brazil, and in 2014, he became the Head of Rabobank's South American businesses. Erik also serves as Member of Rabobank's Directorio Banco Regional Paraguay and Member of Finance Committee FSC. Prior to joining Rabobank, he was General Manager of MacGregor - Germany, the largest manufacturer of marine cargo handling equipment. Erik received his MSc in Engineering from the Universitaet Karslruhe - Germany and his MBA from IMD in Lausanne - Switzerland.
Antonio is a former Member of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board. Antonio is the co-founder and CEO of Peninsula Investimentos, a Brazilian investment management firm. From 2012-2014, he was Chairman of Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo, a wholly owned Brazilian subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group. From 2010-2012, he was the CEO of Credit Suisse's Americas Region and a Member of the Firm's Executive Board. He joined Credit Suisse in 1997 from ING Barings as a senior relationship banker in the Investment Banking department and was named CEO of Credit Suisse's Brazil operations in 2003. As CEO of Brazil, he oversaw the expansion of Credit Suisse's presence in this important market, including the acquisition of Hedging-Griffo, a leading independent asset management and private banking firm in Brazil, in 2006. Currently, Antonio is a Member of the Global Advisory Council of the London Business School, a Director of OSESP - São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, a Director of The New York Philharmonic, and a Director of Cyrella Commercial Properties, a Brazilian listed real estate company. Antonio received his BA in Economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro and his MBA from the London Business School.