Rob Grant - President ABCC
Until July 2014 Rob spent 18 years (the last 9 as CEO) helping position Pacific Hydro as Australia's most successful and dynamic international clean energy utility.
From small beginnings 20 years ago, the company became a leader in the hydro, wind and solar electricity markets in Australia and Latin America by developing world class development, delivery, financing and operations expertise in each of its business units to an award winning level.
Rob is a passionate advocate for greater engagement of Australian businesses, education institutions and society with Latin America. He currently serves as President of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Director of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and was a previously a Director of the Council of Latin America Relations (COALAR).
Rodrigo de Luca - Vice President ABCC (QLD)
Rodrigo is Vice president of Brazpeixes Asia-Pacific, with responsibility for managing investor relations and equity partnerships in this region. With over a decade’s experience as a corporate executive in Oil & Gas and Agribusiness, Rodrigo has played instrumental roles in the Project Management of major facility redevelopments. As a private investor, he has developed Brazilian Agribusiness’ interests internationally and domestically. With extensive experience in facilitating acquisitions and mergers, Rodrigo has worked with corporates and private investors in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany and USA. As the vice-president of the Australia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Rodrigo has extended his skills to assist development between the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.
Cristina Talacko - Honorary Member & NSW Director ABCC
Cristina Talacko was born in Brazil with corporate legal background with more than 15 years experience in executive boards and management of not-for-profit associations.
Cristina was President of the ABCC from 2003 to 2013, Vice Chair NSW of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and was a Board director of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) . Cristina is also an entrepreneur having founded Braust Pty Ltd and SalDoce Fine Foods, manufacturing allergen sensitive food products to Australia and export markets, winners of the NSW Export Awards 2016.
She is a Director on the Board of the Conservatives for Conservation group supporting industries seeking action in environmental issues.
Cristina is the Secretary for the Wentworth Federal Electorate Conference of the Prime Minister of Australia and is also a member on the Board of the NSW Women’s Council. She is a benefactor of the Art Gallery of NSW and has recently completed the Executive Program Women & Power at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Flávia C. Ribeiro De Souza - Public Officer ABCC & NSW Director ABCC
Flavia is a Lawyer qualified to practice in Australia and in Brazil. She was born and lived in Sao Paulo capital for 24 years, where she practiced corporate and commercial law before coming to live permanently in Australia in 2001. She was the first Brazilian female lawyer to enter legal practice in Australia.
Flavia’s expertise include Commercial, Corporate, Property Law and disputes. In Australia, Flavia worked in-house for blue chip multinationals such as Commonwealth Bank, Lend Lease Group and in the information technology field. She also acted as Company Secretary, the trusted advisor of Board of Directors for many of the most active Australian subsidiaries in infrastructure, property development, building, construction and finance, assisting in compliance of the many statutory obligations under the Corporations Act, ASIC's regulations, company's Constitutions and liaising with public authorities.
In Brazil, Flavia worked in house at the Legal Department of Pirelli Group and at reputable firms in the fields of Corporate and Commercial Law and Intellectual Property. Given her double qualification and valuable local experience, Flavia is able to support businesses and individuals with interests or ties in Brazil and Australia. As an example, she recently acted for a large LNG (liquefied natural gas) Australian company assisting them to establish their first subsidiary in Brazil.
Today, Flavia is a partner at a full service law firm based in Sydney, NSW, Australia. She advises many Australian and Brazilian businesses and individuals in general commercial, property matters and varied aspects of both legal systems, including cross-border, foreign trade, business opportunities and migration via investment. Flavia is also proudly an Australian and passionate about inspiring others to take their professional and personal plans to new heights. Brazilian Lawyer Sydney, Australia.
Evelyne Wilton - NSW Director Marketing & Communications
Evelyne Wilton, born in the Netherlands, is the NSW Director Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC).
She has 20+ years experience in IT Management with various roles in Service Delivery Operations and Management, Transition/Change and Project Management in over 10 countries in the South Pacific Region.
Evelyne now specialises in Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategies and works as an International Trade Consultant. She has a passion for entrepreneurship and has built a network of women entrepreneurs providing business support and hosting monthly business networking events and masterclasses.
She is fluent in Dutch, German, French and Spanish, currently learning Portuguese.
Anna White - VIC Director
Anna is an Australian lawyer based in Melbourne who has specialised in environmental and planning law for over 10 years with Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers. Anna’s practice involves advising both government and private sector clients on the environment and planning issues associated with major infrastructure, property development and energy and resources projects. In 2014, Anna undertook an international secondment with the Brazilian law firm, Veirano Advogados, where she worked in São Paulo. Since returning to Australia, Anna has become a founding member of Corrs’ South America Business Group which is working to promote business opportunities and engagement between South America and Australia.
Anna White is the VIC Director for the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC).
Richard Hancock - VIC Director
Richard is a Strategic Planning Advisor for the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and projects in both the public and private sector, including in Latin America. In recent years, he has managed major projects in minerals and extractive industries, international education, energy infrastructure, as well as a raft of strategic policy initiatives.
For over 20 years, Richard has been developing close relations and wide networks with Brazil and other Latin American markets through his work, special engagements, and private pursuits. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is an active member of Brazilian communities in Australia.
Prior to his appointment as co-Director for Victoria ABCC, Richard had previously spent 3 years leading the ABCC in South Australia, running a series of successful events promoting opportunities between Australia and Brazil.
Felipe Araujo - VIC Director
Born in Curitiba/ Brazil, Felipe has a diverse range of experience in the Banking and Financial Services sector across Australia and Brazil. Currently as a Regional Director of the Westpac Bank Premium team, Felipe is responsible and accountable for leading a team with a key focus to transform the current Premium capability to deliver higher revenue returns, improved customer experience and increase cross-sell across highly affluent key industry groups. Experience includes people management and sales leadership, market analysis, change management, business development.
Felipe Araujo is the newest member of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce and joins as a VIC Director.
Fabiano Defenti - QLD Director
International lawyer, admitted in New York (attorney-at-law), Australia (solicitor and legal practitioner: Qld and the ACT), New Zealand (barrister and solicitor) and Brazil (advogado).
Expert in international transactions and dispute resolution, with extensive experience around the world. Native speaker of Portuguese, fluent in English and Spanish and with a working knowledge of Italian.
Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Business (International) with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.
Specialties: Structuring international joint ventures and mergers/acquisitions, negotiating international asset purchase and sales agreements, advising on international tax structures, advising foreign companies setting up operations in Brazil, acting for Brazilian and foreign entities in international disputes (litigation and arbitrations).
Luis Aleixo - QLD Honorary Treasurer
Luis Aleixo is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has been in public practice since 1993 providing strategic planning advice, tax compliance services, business consulting, tax planning and accounting services to a diverse group of industries and businesses.
· Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
· Certified Practicing Accountant - CPA Australia
· Directors Course – Family Businesses
· Member of CPA Australia (CPA)
· Registered Tax Agent
· Fellow Member - Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
· Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
· Justice of the Peace (JP Qualified)