Founder and CEO
With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and extension course from Harvard Business School, Mário Araripe is the sole shareholder of the Fundo Salus (Fund Salus), the controller of Casa dos Ventos. In addition to the investment in energy, the Fund operates in the textile sector through Textil União and Companhia Valença Industrial and real estate through approximately 180,000 hectares of rural properties in Brazil. Mário was also responsible for the foundation and sale of several companies such as Construtora Colméia, which, while under his management, was one of the largest real estate developersin the Northeast of Brazil and Troller Veículos Especiais, a genuine national car manufacturer.
Project and New Business Director
Bachelor of Business Administration from Insper, with specializing courses in European Business School and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Lucas Araripe is in the company since its foundation. Actively participated in the exploratory campaign that culminated in the identification of the largest portfolio of wind projects in Brazil. Works in project development, from its conception to the early construction stage. Lucas Araripe is also involved in the structuring of new business, leading constitution of partnerships and mergers and acquisitions with other industry players.
Bachelor of Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP) and with an MBA from Columbia Business School, Ivan Hong is CFO at Casa dos Ventos since 2015. Prior to joining the company, he was a founding partner at Lakeshore Partners and was involved in the Financial Department of Brazilian vessel company Sete Brasil. Ivan also accumulated experience in Project Finance at Santander and ABN Amro and Invesment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Director of Wind Resource Assessment
Edson Zaparoli obtained his undergraduate, masterss and doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). He has 35 years of experience at ITA´s Departamento de Energia as an associate professor, working in research and supervision of postgraduate students. Among his main working fields are: CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), fluid flow and heat transfer and atmospheric flow for application in wind energy. As a teacher and researcher, Edson published 15 full papers in journals and 139 full papers in conference proceedings, supervised 41 dissertations and 8 doctoral theses. Edson Zaparoli joined Grupo Salus in 2010 and is Director of Wind Resource Assessment at Casa dos Ventos. Zaparoli still acts as teacher and mentor to postgraduate students at ITA.
Construction and Operation Director
Thiago Rezende has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) and post-graduation in Project Management by Vanzoline Foundation - USP. He has more than 12 years of experience in the energy sector, being part of the construction and operation of wind sites, hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines and energy substations. Thiago Rezende is part of Casa dos Ventos' team since February 2015, where he was responsible for the construction and operation of 5 wind farms, reaching 1.100 MW in generation potential. Prior to joining the company, from May 2009 to January 2015, he worked as Engineering Manager and Project Director at Contour Global (a multinational company that develops, builds and operates power generation projects in more than 17 countries). Rezende has actively participated in Due Diligences related to power generation projects in several countries. For instance, he was accountable for the construction of more than 600 MW in wind power projects and Small Hydroelectric Power (SHP) projects in Brazil and participated in the implementation of 113 MW in wind projects in Peru.