Board of Directors
Nicolau Carvalho Esteves
Chairman of the Board
Nicolau Carvalho Esteves is the Chairman of our board of directors, a position he has held since June 2019. He is a qualified orthopedist and has over 25 years of experience in the education industry. He has been the Chairman of Afya Brazil since August 2016. He is the founding shareholder of the following companies, for which he served as Chief Executive Officer for the periods indicated (i) ITPAC – Instituto Tocantinense Presidente Antônio Carlos S.A. (1999-2016); (ii) ITPAC Porto Nacional – Instituto Tocantinense Presidente Antônio Carlos Porto S.A. (2008-2016); (iii) IPTAN – Instituto de Ensino Superior Presidente Tancredo de Almeida Neves S.A. (2003-2016) and (iv) Instituto de Educação Superior do Vale do Parnaíba S.A. (2016-2018). He holds a Medicine degree from Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, a master’s degree in Business Administration from FGV, a master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Fundação Dom Cabral, a master’s degree in Business Administration from FEAD and a Business Administration degree from AIEC.
Rafael Munerato de Almeida
Mr. Munerato was a member of the board of directors of Medcel Editora e Eventos S.A. from February 2016 to March 2019. Mr. Munerato provides medical services for D’Or Consultoria em Corretagem de Seguros e Benefícios Ltda., Funcional Health Tech Soluções em Saúde Ltda., Associação Beneficiente Bom Samaritano, Hospital Bom Samaritano de Maringá S.A., IBES - Instituto Brasileiro para Excelência em Saúde and Trigger Participação e Administração S.A. Mr. Munerato also provides medical services through his private medical practice, is a director at IBES - Instituto Brasileiro para Excelência em Saúde, and a consultant at Multivida Participações S.A., Grupo Kronberg, Switzerland Global Enterprise and CBEXs - Colégio Brasileiro de Executivos da Saúde. He holds a degree in medicine from Santa Casa de Misericórdia de SP, a residency in clinical medicine from Santa Casa de Misericórdia de SP, a residency in cardiology from InCor FMUSP, a specialization in cardiac arrhythmia from InCor FMUSP, and an MBA in health management from FGV.
Felipe Samuel Argalji
Felipe Samuel Argalji is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since June 2019. He has been a member of the board of directors of Afya Brazil since August 2016. He is also a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee of Crescera Investimentos, responsible for investments in the Education Private Equity sector, since 2009. He was a member of the Finance Committee of Abril Educação and a member of the board of directors at Anima Educação. He holds an Economics degree from IBMEC.
Daniel Arthur Borghi
Daniel Arthur Borghi is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since June 2019. He has been a member of the board of directors of Afya Brazil since August 2016. He is also Co-CEO of Crescera Investimentos, managing director and a member of its Executive Committee. A partner for over 10 years, he is responsible for its Education Private Equity practice. He was a member of the board of directors of Guardaya from 2016 to 2019. He is also currently a member of the boards of UEPC, and Wide Desenvolvimento Humano e Tecnologia S.A. Prior to joining us, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., an executive at Docas Participações S.A. and a partner at Finance Ltda. He holds an electrical engineering degree from PUC-RJ and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Laura Guaraná Carvalho
Laura Guaraná Carvalho is a member of our board of directors, a position she has held since June 2019. She is also a Partner at Crescera Investimentos and is responsible for investments in education for the private equity funds since 2008. She was a member of the board of directors of Guardaya from 2017 to 2018. She holds an electric engineering degree from PUC-RJ.
Sérgio Mendes Botrel Coutinho
Sérgio Mendes Botrel Coutinho is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since June 2019. He is a founding partner of Análise Estratégica, responsible for its M&A Advisory and Strategic Consultancy division, and is a founding partner of Gabrich & Botrel Advogados, advising on corporate law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Law degree from FUMEC, a master’s degree in Corporate Law from Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos and a Doctorate degree in Corporate Law from PUC/MG. He is also an MBA and LLM Professor at IBMEC, and a Visiting Professor Researcher at Université Paris XII. Mr. Botrel has provided legal services to Afya Brazil and the Esteves family during the last 3 years for aggregate fees of approximately US$500,000.
Mr. Emilio is a Managing Director at Bertelsmann Brazil Investments (BBI) and Head of the Bertelsmann Corporate Center in Brazil, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, a relevant investor in education in the world. Mr. Emilio joined Bertelsmann in 2012, where he has been responsible for Bertelsmann’s strategy for new businesses in Brazil as well as for finding business opportunities in the Education sector. He is also the Chairman of the Board at Afferolab and a board member at Companhia das Letras and Intervalor. Before working at Bertelsmann, he was a consultant working across multiple industries during his tenures at Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co. and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Emilio holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Unicamp, a master’s degree in Economics from USP, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. During his Ph.D. at Boston University his research focused on Economics of Education and Economic Theory.
Renato Tavares Esteves
Renato Tavares Esteves is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since June 2019. He has been a member of the board of directors of Afya Brazil since August 2016. He has been an executive officer of Afya Brazil and of the following companies: (i) Instituto de Educação Superior do Vale do Parnaíba S.A., UNIVAÇO – União Educacional do Vale do Aço S.A., IPTAN – Instituto de Ensino Superior Presidente Tancredo de Almeida Neves S.A., ITPAC – Instituto Tocantinense Presidente Antônio Carlos S.A. and Instituto de Ensino Superior do Piauí S.A., all since 2018, and (ii) ITPAC Porto Nacional – Instituto Tocantinense Presidente Antônio Carlos Porto S.A., from 2017 to 2018. He holds a Medicine degree from Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Corporate Finance from FGV.
Vanessa Claro Lopes
Vanessa Claro Lopes is a member of our board of directors, a position she has held since June 2019. She is currently a member of the fiscal councils of Cosan S.A. and Comgas S.A., the chairman of the audit committee at Tegma Logistica S.A. and a deputy member of the fiscal councils of Usiminas S.A. and Copel S.A. She was formerly the chairman of the fiscal council of Via Varejo S.A. from 2014 to 2018, a member of the fiscal council of Terra Santa Agro S.A. from 2016 to 2018, a member of the fiscal council of Gerdau S.A from 2016 to 2017, and a member of the fiscal councils of Estacio Participações S.A. and Renova Energia S.A. from 2017 to 2019. With over 24 years experience in corporate governance and internal and external audits of large private and listed companies, she started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in advisory services and was responsible for the creation of the revenue assurance specialists department in Brazil for the telecoms sector. She was an executive officer and the head of the internal accounting department of TAM S.A. from 2010 to 2014, an executive officer and the head of the internal accounting department of Globex Utilidades S.A. (Grupo Pão de Açúcar) from 2004 to 2010, and a coordinator and the head of the accounting department of Grupo Telefonica from 2001 to 2004. She holds an MBA from EAESP/FGV, a master’s degree in management systems from Universidade Federal Fluminense, a master’s degree in computer networks from São Judas University, an accounting degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense and a systems analysis degree from FATEC/BS. She was formerly a professor of audit systems and information security at Objetivo University.
Mr. Flavio is recognized by his unquestionable contribution to the development of the Digital Market in Brazil. For the past 20 years he has been the Executive in charge in 3 out of the 5 top E-commerce companies in Brazil. In the case of Walmart.com he has been the founder and helped to build a billion dollar online business from scratch. For Cnova he has commanded a massive turnaround and contributed to the integration of the company into Via Varejo, the largest Omnichannel retailer in Brazil in which Flavio ended up becoming the CEO being accountable for a USD 8 Billion in revenues, 50.000 employees, 1.000 stores and 3 e-commerce sites. In his ventures outside of the Retail space, he has played a key role in the conception and construction of the first digital bank in Brazil, Banco Original. In the recent years he has become a professional investor and advisor in the tech startups ecosystem and has already two Centaurs (Companies with valuation above USD 100 Million) in his portfolio. Acknowledged by being a Digital Transformation practitioner, Flavio has been acting as advisor and board member for large corporations form various sectors helping them to find their own ways to continue succeeding in this new market dynamic. Currently he is the partner of 500 Startups in Brazil, in charge of building and growing the fund operations in the country.