College of Liberal Arts

Brazilian Ethanol Producer Speaks on Energy Security

Thursday Oct 20, 2011 5:00 PM | The Harry Ransom Center

Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello, leading Brazilian businessman and chairman of the São Paulo-based ethanol giants Cosan and Raízen, will speak as part of the Faces of the Americas/Rostros de las Américas series sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

Mello’s lecture, titled “Energy Security in the Americas," will explore the future of sustainable energy in Brazil and its impact on the United States. The Faces of the Americas speaker series focuses on conditions affecting business opportunities between the United States and Latin America, and effective strategies for reaching Hispanic audiences in the United States.

A major voice in the creation of energy policy in Brazil, Mello is Chairman of the Board of the Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer Cosan. He is also Chairman of Raízen, a $12 billion joint venture formed last year between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell that is the world's largest bioenergy company.
Mello holds a degree in mechanical production engineering from the Polytechnic School of the Universidade de São Paulo, and has more than 30 years of experience in managing large companies. He is a member of the LLILAS Advisory Council.
Charles Groat of the university's Jackson School of Geosciences will moderate. William Fisher, professor of geological sciences, will provide comments.
The event will begin with a coffee-tasting reception and classical guitar performance at 5 p.m. Mello will present his lecture at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact Gail Sanders at or 512-232-2423. 

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