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Prior to joining Astor Group, Joaquim de Mello worked as Vice President for new Investments at MASA Participacoes em Investimentos S.A., a venture capital firm focused on clean technology start-ups. While at MASA, Joaquim was responsible for sourcing new investments and helping manage portfolio companies.

Before MASA, Joaquim worked as Director, COO, and CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the Northeast region of Brazil. Under Joaquim's leadership, the conglomerate enjoyed a successful turnaround and all divisions returned to profitability.

Joaquim received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Foreign Services from Georgetown University, magna cum laude.