Marcelo Saintive graduated in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the same university. He has experience in the fields of economic regulation, defense of competition, public finance, project management, and has served in executive positions at a number of public institutions.
He began his professional career at an investment bank and on the financial advisory team at a chemical company. Later, he was employed as an analyst at the UFRJ’s economic scenario publication, Boletim de Conjuntura Econômica. Subsequently, he took up positions in the public sector, in governmental institutions at the municipal, state and federal levels.
At the Ministry of Finance, he served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Monitoring from 2000 to April 2006; and from then until March 2007, as Secretary for Economic Monitoring. In these capacities, he participated in public-policy discussions for various sectors regulated by the Federal Government, including examination of mergers and acquisitions and promoting competition. The main regulatory-framework discussions in which Mr. Saintive participated related to deregulation of the oil sector, and regulation of the gas, medical drugs, sanitation and transport sectors (including air, rail, highway transport and interstate-passenger services). He also participated in drafting of rules for electric-power and federal-highway concession auctions, and in examination of the repercussions (and inflationary effects) of tariff-readjustment authorizations in such fields as electric-power distribution, health-insurance plans, medical drugs, highway tolls, interstate-passenger transport and postal services. Moreover, he participated in discussions on import tariffs and examination of antidumping proceedings, and in work groups on regulatory agencies, on creation of an industrial price index, and on the credit-card sector, under an agreement with the Ministry of Justice’s Secretariat for Economic Law (the Brazilian anti-trust authority - CADE) and the Central Bank.
Subsequently, under Secretary Joaquim Levy, he served as Under-Secretary of Finance of the State of Rio de Janeiro, where he participated in a number of state-level public-finance management initiatives, including: rescheduling of debt payments and subsequent quittance through reverse auctions, obtaining of fiscal relief, and loan negotiations with international bodies. He also served as coordinator and main interlocutor with Standard & Poor’s in negotiations that resulted in the State of Rio de Janeiro becoming the first Brazilian state to attain an investment grade rating.
Following a long period of public service, in March 2011, Mr. Saintive was appointed EBP’s Director of Projects. Early in 2014, he assumed the post of Managing Director of EBP.
Maria Eduarda Gouvêa Berto - Projects Director, has a degree in economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC‐RJ) and a Master’s in administration with a major in finance, also from PUC‐RJ. She has vast project-management experience in the fields of infrastructure, investment/new business assessment, finance, and risk management. She started her financial-market career as a variable-income analyst in the oil & gas, petrochemicals and sanitation sectors, and subsequently worked as a fixed-income/credit analyst at Banco BBA (Itaú BBA). She has also worked in the telecoms sector as a M&A/new-business manager for Oi; and in the electric-power sector as a risk manager for energy sales at Grupo Light.
She joined EBP in 2008, when it was founded, playing an essential role in the company’s start‐up phase. She was responsible for drawing up projects in the field of sanitation and for the airports of Galeão and Confins.
Fernando Pieroni - Project Director, began working at EBP in 2009 and is now responsible for leading projects carried out in the State of São Paulo. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Energy Policy from the University of São Paulo (USP).
Mr. Pieroni’s 13 years of experience in infrastructure projects encompass consulting in the fields of energy, infrastructure and government practices at AT Kearney and responsibility for the Economic and Regulatory Affairs management area at Instituto Acende Brasil.