Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
Mr. Fogassa has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brazil Minerals, Inc. since December 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, including executive management and chairmanship of listed companies as well as venture capital investing in the United States. Over the last several years, Mr. Fogassa has acquired experience in all aspects of the mining industry in Brazil including exploration, development, workforce and management buildup, mining and environmental regulations, and operations. He is also the chief executive officer and chairman of Jupiter Gold Corporation.
He has served on multiple boards of directors and joined his first Board of Directors at age 33. Mr. Fogassa has worked at Goldman Sachs, Atlas Venture and Axiom Ventures. He has worked on a venture deal that went from power point idea to a Nasdaq company valued close to $1 billion; he was an initial institutional investor, brought other investors to the opportunity, and helped with management buildup. In 2016, Mr. Fogassa was invited as member on an advisory panel for one of the U.S. presidential candidates.
Mr. Fogassa attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), where he double-majored and graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Biology. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi honor societies. He later graduated from the Harvard Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree, and later from the Harvard Business School with a Master in Business Administration degree. Mr. Fogassa was born in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Ambassador Roger Noriega
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
Ambassador Roger Noriega is an independent member of the Board of Directors of Brazil Minerals since December 2012. 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.