Key persons

Prof. Afonso Henriques Moreira Santos, Ph.D.

The head of our group is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the University of Itajubá(1978), Master of Mechanical Engineering at Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEM) (1981), Ph.D. in Energy Systems Planning  at State University of Campinas(1987) and Post-Doctorate at Centre International de Recherche sur la l'Environnement et le Développement (CIRED) in Paris - France(1991). Besides 31 years of experience in energy area, Prof. Santos was director of the National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANNEL) from 1997 to 2000. He was National Secretary of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and President of the Brazilian Society of Energy Planning (SBPE) from 2004 to 2006.

Nowadays, Prof. Santos is counsellor of the Brazilian Institute of Energy Law.  Prof.Santos consults companies and state agencies on free consumers matters, pricing in the electricity sector, regulation of distribution, generation etc. Since 1980 he has been a professor of Federal University of Itajubá, teaching in undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, master courses of Electrical Engineering and Energy Engineering, in areas such as Thermal and Hydraulic Machines, Conservation Energy, Power Generation, Energy Planning, Economy of Power Sector.  Prof.Santos has developed training courses and consults on areas of Small Hydroelectric, Cogeneration, Energy Conservation, Transmission Lines and Energy Planning for companies across the country. He is also the author of four books in the areas of hydroelectric and thermoelectric plants. He was the advisor of 45 academic studies completed (39 Masters and 6 PhD).

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Dr David Zylbersztajn, PhD

Dr David is a partner of iX Group and a key member of our team. Responsible mainly for our actions in the Oil and Gas Sector, he was the first president of the National Agency of Petroleum, ANP and during this period he was one of the main responsible for the opening of the Brazilian E&P market to private and independent companies. As a former State Secretary of Energy of Sao Paulo State and with team that included Dr Afonso, he started restructuring Sao Paulo’s Energy and Gas scenario. He was also the man in charge of representing Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (VALE) interests during their participation in the ANP 8th licensing round, and for implementing VALE E&P Department, in 2008.

With over 35 years of experience in energy area, David is currently counsellor of a number of large companies, director of DZ Energy Business and iX Group.

Henrique Machado M. Santos, MSc

Henrique was graduated in Water Engineer at the Federal University of Itajuba (UNIFEI) and has a Masters Degree in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management from the University Of Aberdeen, Scotland. He started his professional career at Schlumberger where he has been a MWD Engineer. Later he moved to Rio de Janeiro to work beside Dr David Zylberstajn in the implementation of VALE's E&P department and support on the 8th ANP licensing round.

Henrique is currently based in Edinburgh, UK, where he is in charge of the international development of the company acting mainly in Oil and Gas sector and also managing projects of renewable energy such as Wind power, Solar, and Biomass.

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