Fernanda Torós, PhD - Founder

Previously, Founding Partner & CEO at Sabra Capital (Brazil), Partner and Portfolio Manager at Oren Investimentos, Portfolio Manager and Head of Equity Research at Nest Investimentos, Equity Analyst at Investidor Profissional and Leblon Equities, Economist at Credit Suisse, and executive at AmBev. In Academia, she was visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech, where she taught courses in International Finance, lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she taught courses in Corporate Finance, and researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank in D.C., where she worked during Summer 2002. She has a PhD in Economics and a MS in Finance from the UIUC, and a BA and MA in Economics from PUC-Rio, Brazil.

ChengXiang Zhai, PhD – Mentor / Advisor

Dr. Zhai is Professor of Computer Science and Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also holds a joint appointment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, Statistics, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Language and Information Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He worked at Clairvoyance Corp. as a Research Scientist and a Senior Research Scientist from 1997 to 2000. He has over 25 years of experience in R&D of novel intelligent information systems from both academia and industry. His research interests include information retrieval, text mining, natural language processing, machine learning, biomedical informatics, and intelligent education systems. He has published over 200 papers and holds 5 patents in these areas. He is the major contributor of the Lemur toolkit (http://www.lemurproject.org), an information retrieval and text mining toolkit used by many people. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and received multiple awards from industry, including IBM Faculty Award, HP Innovation Research Award, Microsoft Beyond Search Research Award, Google Research Grant Award, and Yahoo Faculty Research Engagement Program Award. More info: http://czhai.cs.illinois.edu/.

Pedro Richa Dabarian – Partner

Previously, Partner and Risk Manager / Compliance Officer at Sabra Capital, and Financial Analyst at Koin Latam. MBA in Investment Management and BA in Industrial Engineering from PUC-Rio, Brazil, with credits obtained at California Polytechnic University.

Leonardo Bispo de Oliveira – Software Engineer / Backend Developer (Freelancer)

Founder at Prototype; Co-Founder/CTO at Notejuri. Previously: Co-Founder/Technical Leader at RockSpoon; Senior Software Engineer at mbr targeting GmbH, VOIPFUTURE, and Orolix; Software Engineer at Cinq Technologies; Intern at HP; MS in Distributed Systems and BS in Computer Science from PUC-Paraná, Brazil.

Romer Zandomingos Alves – Web Designer / Frontend Developer (Freelancer)

Founder at Fator Criativo; UX Designer at Icatu Seguros. Previously: Web Designer at Petrobras; BS in Industrial Design from UFRJ, Brazil.