The Iguá Institute for Sustainability is a private non-profit association, organized by initiative of Iguá Saneamento, a privately-held company that works in the management and operation of water and sewage supply systems, distributed in 18 operations in the lives of communities from different sizes and circumstances throughout Brazil.
Gesner Oliveira has a PhD in Economics by University of California (Berkeley), he is a partner at GO Associados, an Economics Professor for Fundação Getúlio Vargas São Paulo and a Coordinator for the Infrastructure Economics & Environmental Solutions Group of FGV. Former President of Sabesp (2006-2010), former Chairperson of CADE (1996-2000) and former Secretary of Economic Monitoring of the Ministry of Finance (1995) and Undersecretary of Economic Policy (1993-1995). He is a columnist for Programs Primeira Hora and Bastidores do Poder of Rádio Bandeirantes, and a columnist for Agência do Estado/Broadcast and the UOL portal. He was elected Economist of the Year in 2016 by the Brazilian Order of Economists (Ordem dos Economistas do Brasil - OEB).
Gustavo Guimarães worked as CFO for agribusiness, sanitation and mining companies, being responsible for the main back-middle office areas; for the Big Fours, he led audit and business consultancy processes in national and multinational companies, acquiring knowledge and experience in business planning, valuing companies and businesses, performance and process-based management, due diligence processes, among others. Member of the Regional Accounting Board since 1997. Member of the Brazilian Institute for Finance Executives since 2004. He was a Director for the Executive Board of the Business Development Center (Centro de Desenvolvimento Empresarial - CDE) of Itaúna - State of Minas Gerais, with the main goal of providing technical qualification for professionals from the Mid-West region of Minas Gerais. He was also the Financial Director for Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná - Sanepar - between January/2015 and February/2017.
Paula Violante has solid experience in mobilizing concession agreements in several modalities (full concessions, PPPs), renegotiation of contractual rebalancing with municipal, regional and state regulatory agencies, in addition to the implementation of loss reduction projects with concrete results in several cities, such as Limeira/SP, Cachoeiro de Itapemirim/ES, water and sewage expansion works and their respective financings. Chemical engineer (Universidade Federal de São Carlos), master’s degree in hydraulics and sanitation from Universidade de São Paulo, with specialization in France (Cirsee). She has worked at Odebrecht/Suez for 22 years in several sanitation agreements in the areas of engineering, water and sewage operations and management of agreements (Limeira, Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Regional Transactions Center, Porto Ferreira, Rio Claro and Santa Gertrudes). Specialist in due diligence for assessment and acquisition of new businesses. Participation in the group to draft ordinance No. 11,445 for potability of water for human consumption. She reported for the ABNT standard regarding the use of phosphate salts in water for human consumption. She was an examiner, reporting examiner and senior examiner for the National Quality Foundation and the Ibero-American Award from 2001 to 2007.
Paulo Mattos is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and CEO at IG4 Capital. Prior to founding IG4 Capital, Paulo was a Partner at RK Partners, a leading advisory firm specialized in debt restructuring and operational turnarounds, and a Managing Director at GP Investments, a leading alternative investments firm in Latin America. At GP Investments, Paulo was the Head of Infrastructure and Telecommunications investments and served on the Investment Committee (2012-2016). He was the founder of BR Towers S.A., the first large independent Brazilian cellphone tower company, where he served as Chairman (2012 to 2014), which was subsequently sold to American Tower Corporation. Before joining GP Investments, Paulo was an Executive Vice President of Business Strategy, Wholesale and Regulatory at Oi S.A (2009-2012), the largest telecommunications company in Brazil at that time. While at Oi he served on the Executive Committee, Financial Risk Committee and Operations Committee. Paulo also worked at the Brazilian Development Bank, BNDES, as a Superintendent-Director, in addition to being a member of the Credit & Investment Committee and Head of the Managerial Committee (2007-2009). Currently, Paulo is the Chairman of Iguá Saneamento S.A. (2017-), one of the main private water and sanitation companies in Brazil, and Board Member of OPY Health S.A. (2019-), a healthcare company that provides infrastructure and logistics for hospitals and medical services operators, where IG4 Capital is the controlling shareholder. Paulo is a venture capitalist through Capital Lab Ventures, a proprietary capital investment platform that he co- founded, focused on Telecommunications, Media and Technology – TMT. Moreover, he is co-founder and Board Member at Instituto Iguá, a non-profit social organization focused on fostering new technologies and education for a sustainable access to water and sanitation. He is also member of the Fiscal Board of the Associação Universitária Interamericana – AUI, a non-profit educational group that operates schools in Brazil. Paulo holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law from University of São Paulo (USP), was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Yale University and is Visiting Fellow at the King’s College London. He is permanent member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning – CEBRAP and former associate professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV, leading think tanks in public policy and business administration.
Péricles Sócrates Weber has been working in the sanitation industry for over 30 years. He has held the Environment and Social Action Executive Office of Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná - Sanepar; he has also worked as operations manager of water and sewage systems for Sanepar; environment and quality manager, and bioenergy research engineer. He is a former scholarship holder of the British Council - United Kingdom, NUFFIC - Netherlands and the Fullbright Commission - United States.
Graduated in Economics from Universidade de São Paulo (FEA-USP), graduate degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). During the last 19 years, she has worked as an executive ahead of the Sustainability, Communication and Organizational Development areas of large companies, such as Banco Real (currently Banco Santander) and Racional Engenharia. She has participated in the creation of Ideal Invest, an impact investment fund, aimed at financing higher education in Brazil. She has also worked as a leader for sustainability projects with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and she was the founding partner and president of the LACE Project, a non-profit organization with focus on the development of children and adolescents through leisure, arts, culture and education. During the last 2 years, she has taken over the executive management of Reciclar Institute, being responsible for the transition of its operation model and for the management of its endowment fund. Currently, she is the Managing Director of the Iguá Institute.