OUR TEAM | ENERGY FOR A BETTER LIFE

Fohackers

Our Board has people who see the world through the lens of innovation and work to come up with solutions that make people’s lives better and the planet as well. They lead a team that operates under a corporate culture that is defined by the appreciation of cultural diversity, well-being and objectivity, guiding by Fohat Journey – which aims to encourage other Fohackers to achieve self-awareness concerning their existence to create, think from all angles, and effectively carry out innovation in a cycle of permanent feedback.

Igor Ferreira

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND FOUNDER

Fohat CEO and founder Igor Ferreira, 34, is an electrical engineer and specialist in renewable energy and microgrids from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), with an MBA focused on Management of the Brazilian Electric Sector from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Prior to founding Fohat in 2017, he worked in Brazil, Germany and China as an engineer for multinational companies such as Bosch and Volvo. As CEO of Fohat, he is responsible for the company's strategic market intelligence area.

Dani Paes

CHIEF OF PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICER AND FOUNDER

Fohat Founder and Head of Human Development and Corporate Culture, Dani Paes, 36 yo, is an artist, a teacher of basic and university education in the Arts field, and has been dedicated for the last 15 years to the areas of education and human development with accredited training by the O&O University in India, the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Paz & Mente University (UPM), and FAE Centro Universitário, in Brazil. A researcher and an entrepreneur, she develops and applies mentoring programs for people and organizations. At Fohat, she is responsible for people development and corporate culture, with a focus on mindfulness.

Helder Galvão

CHIEF OF LEGAL OFFICE

A lawyer, PhD student and holding a Masters in Innovation and Intellectual Property from the
Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Helder Galvão, 39 years
old, is also a professor at FGV Rio and author of books and articles covering Law and
Technology, including "Lawyers of Tomorrow". He has worked at two traditional national and
international law firms and is the co-founder of “Nós 8”, a collective of startup-oriented
lawyers voted the most innovative project in the practice of law by the World Economic
Forum in 2016 and by Babson College, in Boston. At Fohat, he is responsible for the legal
department.

Katharine Flavia dos Santos

HEAD OF FINANCE

Fohat's financial management is in the hands of Katharine, who has a solid academic background with an MBA in Financial Management, Controlling and Auditing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and a post-graduate degree in People Management from Universidade Positivo, in addition to her experience in multinational companies in the fields of management and control of resources, credit and financial risk in operations for Latin America. At 39, she is also dedicated to humanitarian issues by volunteering at the Scouts in Brazil for various activities in the Southern Region.

Renan Schepanski

HEAD OF SALES & MARKETING AND CO-FOUNDER

Fohat's commercial and marketing areas are in the hands of co-founder Renan Schepanski, a 35 years-old mechanical engineer. His solid professional experience in multinational companies that worked, in the areas of production, engineering, sales, and marketing has been very important to the company. Renan leads the Fohat's commercial and institutional relationship with the mission of connecting the brand to the market.
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Douglas Ferreira

HEAD OF GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CO-FOUNDER

Fohat's overseas operations and global market opening are under the command of co-founder and industrial electronics engineer Douglas Ferreira, 32, who has worked as an engineer in Brazil and Germany at multinational companies such as Bosch and Volvo. Headquartered in the company's office in Melbourne, Australia since 2018, he has been managing the innovative microgrid feasibility project for the renovation of Queen Victoria Market, the municipal market of Melbourne, the second-largest city of Australia, with over 4 million citizens.
Francisco Leal Head of Tech Operations

Francisco Leal

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CO-FOUNDER

Fohat's research, development, and innovation framework is led by co-founder and IT professional Francisco Leal, 32 yo, a renowned blockchain expert and a specialist in big data, robotics, as well as process automation, industrial systems and machinery, embedded measurement systems, and programmable logic microcontrollers. A graduate in Industrial Automation Technology from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), he is responsible for developing innovative solutions based on a solid technological, engineering, and operational framework integrating blockchain, artificial intelligence, tokenomics, advanced metering, and big data.

Vanderlei Silva

HEAD OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Fohat's engineering research and development areas are led by Vanderlei Silva, 46, an electrical engineer from the State University of Londrina (UEL) and an authority on intelligent microgrids. A specialist in Power System Protection from the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI) and with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), he is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and has extensive experience in the electric power sector, having worked with operation, automation and control systems in a large power distribution company in Brazil for over 10 years.

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