Board of Directors
AMBASSADOR ROGER NORIEGA (Washington, DC)
FORMER U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE
Ambassador Roger Noriega is an independent member of the Board of Directors of Brazil Minerals, Inc. Mr. Noriega was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State from July 2003 to August 2005, appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S Senate. In that capacity, Mr. Noriega managed a 3,000-person team of professionals in Washington and 50 diplomatic posts to design and implement political and economic strategies in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Previously, Mr. Noriega was appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a post he held from August 2001 to July 2003. In this capacity, Mr. Noriega coordinated complex and sensitive multilateral diplomacy in a 34-member international organization to bolster OAS efforts to promote trade, fight illicit drugs, and defend democracy.
Mr. Noriega has been decorated by the Governments of Nicaragua and Peru, and has received numerous awards for public service from organizations committed to the promotion of democracy in the Americas. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award Foundation and as a member of the advisory boards of the Hispanic Community for Policy, the Canadian American Border Trade Partnership, and the Hispanic American Civics Foundation. Mr. Noriega is the founder and managing director of Visión Américas LLC, which advises U.S. and foreign clients on international business issues, and also is a visiting fellow at the prestigious American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award Foundation and as a member of the advisory boards of the Canadian American Border Trade Partnership and The Americano, an online forum reaching out to Latino voters.
AMBASSADOR PAUL DURAND (Ottawa, Canada)
Ambassador Paul Durand is an independent Member of the Board of Directors of Brazil Minerals, Inc. Mr. Durand has had extensive international experience in both the private and public sectors. From 1992 to 1995, Ambassador Durand was Canada’s Ambassador to Costa Rica, with concurrent accreditation to Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. From 1995 to August 2000, he was Director General responsible for Canada’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In August 2000, he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Chile. In August 2001, he was appointed Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington and Canada’s National Coordinator for the Summits of the Americas process, positions that he held until 2006. From 2007 until 2009 he was the resident representative of the OAS in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Durand has participated in numerous electoral observer missions in Central and South America, and was appointed to lead the OAS observer mission to the 2006 elections in Costa Rica, as well as the OAS Mission to observe the referendum on free trade in Costa Rica in 2007. In Canada’s diplomatic service, Mr. Durand specialized in Latin America, but also served in East Africa and South Asia (India and Nepal). He worked for the Canadian International Development Agency and also as a foreign policy advisor in the office of the Canadian Prime Minister (Privy Council Office), before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
He was educated in Canada, obtaining a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of Toronto; he also pursued further studies in International Relations and Economics at Northwestern University in Chicago and Carleton University in Ottawa. He joined the Canadian government after working in international banking in Latin America (Colombia, El Salvador), the Caribbean (Bahamas) and the U.S.
Marc Fogassa is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brazil Minerals, Inc. His biography can be found in the Management section of the site.