Luiz Fernando Mendes de Almeida
President and CEO of CELF
Luiz Fernando Mendes is Chairman and CEO of CELF Consultoría Empresarial. He is a member of the board of various institutions and companies, such as the France-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Space Imaging Brazil (SIB), and the Brazilian Instruction Society, maintained by the Cándido Mendes University, where he is also Director of International Affairs. Mendes has provided high-level advice to leading corporations both in Brazil and abroad, accumulating more than 35 years of experience working with multinational corporations with investment interests in Brazil; acting as a link between foreign companies and large national groups. With vast experience in the development of strategic alliances, planning of large projects and financial structuring of important initiatives, Mr. Mendes is considered an international expert in the field of technology transfer, generating training and new job opportunities in Brazil and the countries of its influence. His professional career has led him fundamentally to provide advice on project creation and interaction with various levels of public and private administration, as well as with government agencies and institutions and companies such as Airbus Group, Safran and Turbomeca. In 2006 he was President-Director of "CIC do Brasil Financial Consultancy" (representative of Crédit Industrial et Commercial de France in Brazil), a position he held until 2016. Luiz Fernando Mendes has honors of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Légion d'Honneur" (France); Commander of the "Ordem do Rio Branco" (Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Commander of the Military Order of Merit, "Peacemaker" (Army) Medal and Santos Dumont Medal (Air Force).