Team

We are entrepreneurs with the strength and focus of the executive. We went beyond building companies as executives. Several equity investments were made by the team over the years, until the foundation of Mergus Ventures In addition to participating as LPs in EquityRio’s first fund.

LEONARDO CRUZ

Leonardo has held a prominent position as an executive in global market strategy and business development at Vale, encompassing roles in both Asia and Europe. In the financial sector, he managed a significant investment portfolio valued at BRL 1.0 billion. Presently, he serves as an advisor to multiple technology firms, leveraging his extensive experience and expertise.

  • Business development
  • Business modeling
  • Venture capital strategy
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DANIEL SARQUIS

Daniel’s time at AB InBev and ZX Ventures coincided with a pivotal market shift, showcasing his strategic foresight. As an angel investor, he later expanded his vision to include diverse investments in the Cannabis, Psychedelics, and Clean Beauty sectors across the United States, Europe, and Brazil.

  • Deal flow Management
  • Global Trends
  • New Technologies
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MARCELO DORIO

Serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Marcelo co-founded and directed Cervejaria Devassa, one of the first craft beers in Brazil, currently owned by Heineken. Hecreated Vezpa Franchises, of which he is a partner and advisor.

  • He is a member of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, Specialist in Negotiation from Berkeley Haas, Venture Capital Executive Program from Berkeley Haas, and Business Management from Stanford.
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GUSTAVO CAETANO

Gustavo Caetano is one of the most important and influential entrepreneurs today and his history is marked by great achievements, recognition and, of course, a lot of innovation. In 2008, identifying an opportunity in the market, Gustavo founded his first company, Samba Tech, and since then he has not only transformed entrepreneurship in Brazil, but also encouraged its development and maturation. Gustavo was elected as one of the 10 most innovative minds in the country by MIT.

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RODRIGO SÁ

Rodrigo led market strategies for multinational companies for several years in projects worth more than half a billion dollars. He was global director of development for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, leading activities in 13 countries (Latin America, MENA, Europe, Asia, Africa). Rodrigo has an MBA in Market Strategy and is specialized in Funding Innovation from Stanford University.
He was an adviser to the 2071 innovation project, created by the prince of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

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THIAGO LAURIANO

Thiago co-founded Allu Design, is a partner at FundFocus and a business partner at Koinz Capital. He specializes in the development of new products and new businesses with global operations. He is an undergraduate economist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais and a silver medalist in the International Mathematical Olympiad (Mathématiques Sans Frontières) at the Strasborg Academy.

  • Investor relations
  • Reports
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ADVISORY BOARD AND VENTURE PARTNERS

BERNARDO PEDROSA

With a strong performance in People, Management and Commercial, he was an executive and partner of Ambev in several locations. Workind on financial market, he was responsible for expanding the investment bankers team. He is an advisor to Zimobi, Koinz Capital, Lumen Pay and Grupo Pulsar.

  • Value Proposition
  • Portfolio Performance
  • Investment Officer
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BRUNO SIQUEIRA

With participation in Boards and Committees of several companies in the AG Participações portfolio, he has extensive experience in new business development, investee management and M&A. As an executive at Grupo AG, he participated in all stages of the investment cycle in various sectors.

  • M&A
  • Asset Management
  • Controller and Compliance
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CLÁUDIA GURFINKEL

Claudia started her career at Folha de S.Paulo. She worked as a reporter and producer at BBC Brasil in London. She then went to Madrid, Spain, to work as a product manager at MSN Microsoft.
Upon returning to Brazil, she took over the management of Editorial Projects for Latin America at Terra Networks.
She was responsible for implementing the Átomo project on the portal, in January 2009, changing the way to access the most relevant professional and amateur online content across multiple platforms. She left Terra and moved to MSN, Microsoft’s news portal, as editor-in-chief.
She is currently LatAm Director of News Partnerships at Meta.

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DAN PARKE

Dan has served on several boards such as Comerc Energia, WWF Brasil and the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He founded MegaWhat, an information platform on the energy market, a company acquired by the Comerc Energia group. As an executive, he was Head of Bloomberg for Latin America, Managing Director of Thomson Financial LatAm and General Director of Agência Estado.

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DIEGO LIBANIO

Diego founded Zé Delivery in 2015. The company has become the largest beverage delivery company in Latin America. Before Zé Delivery, Diego founded several companies such as Egoobe, Nowme and BeHoppy. Inspired by small Asian grocery stores, Diego co-founded Mercê do Bairro in 2019 with Guilherme Bonifacio. The company raised $10 million in Series A. The round was led by Flourish Ventures and GFC, which also includes MAYA, SV Latam, Quartz, Picus, Domo, Alexia Ventures and Prana.

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GUILHERME PINHO BONIFACIO

Guilherme is an entrepreneur of several companies, such as Rapiddo, cheftime and unicornio Ifood.
In 2018, after a period as an entrepreneur in his own companies, Guilherme made several investments in other startups. In 2019, he joined Diego Libanio to found Mercê do Bairro, a company that facilitates the supply of small markets, increasing competitiveness to large markets.

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MARCELA REZENDE

Marcela has over 20 years of experience working with Marketing and Branding for brands such as L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline, Lancôme, MAC Cosmetics, Bacardi, Gray Goose, Osklen and Havaianas. She spent 10 years working outside Brazil, with passages in Paris, Mexico City and New York. In 2021, she migrated from multinationals to the world of startups, starting her journey as a mentor, advisor and angel investor. She founded MR Marketing e Branding to help other companies build their brands and Marketing strategies. Graduated in Marketing from ESPM and post-graduated at Harvard in Leadership, Administration and Business Management. She also dedicates her time to education projects and female protagonism.

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RENATA SOARES

Renata worked for many years in the leadership of several consultancies, such as Mckinsey, Copernicus and Intelectas. She was an executive at Phillips, WWF, Ashoka and Instituto Akatu. She has a strong presence in ESG and healthtech working on several projects. Most recently she was CEO Brazil of Optum of UnitedHealth Group (Top 5 of Fortune 500). And currently she is Corporate Sales Director at Raia Drogasil.

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RICARDO DIAS

More than 20 years ago, he started in an entry-level position in Ambev’s sales area in Brazil. He then moved through different roles and locations, including England, Canada, China, Mexico and AB InBev’s global office in New York. After 14 years abroad, he returned to Brazil in 2018 as Vice President of Marketing at Ambev. For two years he led the team of one of the largest advertisers in the country, the company won the Caboré award for advertiser of the year and was elected one of the best Brazilian CMOs by Forbes magazine. In December 2020, he co-founded Adventures, Inc.

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SANJEEV KUMAR

Sanjeev Kumar is currently a Fellow at Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) at Stanford University, a full-time on-campus program focused on purpose, community, and wellness.
After about 30 years focused on building software solutions, organizations, and companies, Sanjeev is using his time at Stanford to learn about financial models and economics relating to businesses leveraging data, AI, and Machine Learning. In the process, he is also learning about private equity, venture finance, IP monetization, and the financial (re)structuring of companies.

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STÉPHANIE FLEURY

An entrepreneur by vocation, Stéphanie was CEO and founder of the DinDin digital account (sold to Bradesco in Dec/2020), and with exit she became the first woman to sell a startup to a Bank in Latin America.
She has extensive executive experience, having worked at TIM, Oi, Cisco Jasper in Silicon Valley (California) and Digicel Group (Jamaica). She accepted CNN’s mission to present a program about entrepreneurship, innovation, management and leadership.
Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-RJ, where she also completed an MBA in Project Management, Stéphanie also trained as a Board Advisor with digital fluency from HSM.

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