Renato Souza Neto is the Founding Partner at Prismapar and head of the Costa Rican office from which Prismapar covers Central America and the Caribbean. In 2003, Mr. Souza Neto, together with former Minister of Education of Brazil, Paulo Renato Souza, co-founded PRS Consultores, a consulting boutique in Brazil specialized in the education sector that later became PRISMAPAR. Previously, Renato worked for at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Client Coverage groups, both in the New York and São Paulo offices. Renato was also a director of Egon Zehnder, a leading executive search firm, based in São Paulo. Mr. Souza Neto graduated with honors in Economics from The George Washington University, D.C., USA and he obtained a full time MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Marcelo Burbano is a Partner at Prismapar and head of the Panamenian office from which Prismapar covers the Andean Region. Prior to Prismapar, Marcelo was in charge of the Latin American region for The Parthenon Group, one of the most renown consulting firms in education strategy based in Boston, United States. Marcelo started his career at Deutsche Bank New York, in the M&A Latin America group and also worked with Violy McCausland on advising family-owned businesses. Marcelo was also a Senior Director and CFO at Alquería, Colombia’s leading dairy company. Marcelo is the founding partner of INNCUBATED, the first startup incubator in Latin America focused on Education. Marcelo has an engineering degree from Universidad de Los Andes, an undergraduate business degree from the Wharton School (UPENN) and a MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS).
Daniel Stiebler Villela is a Partner at Prismapar and head of the Brazilian office. He began his career with PRS Consultores. Later joined the investment bank division of Unibanco, working on capital raising, and mergers & acquisitions. Later, he became Senior Analyst in GP Investimentos/BRZ Investimentos, with responsibility for analyzing new investments, monitoring companies receiving investments and maintaining relationships with the Fund’s investors. In 2009, Daniel rejoined Prismapar leading corporate finance, M&A and Business Development cases for funds and companies in or looking into the education space. Daniel co-led Up Educacional, a roll up project in Brazil, grouping over 10 education institutions under a single holding agreement. Daniel Stiebler Villela graduated in Business Administration from INSPER (formerly IBMEC SP). He is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Fernando Valenzuela is a Partner at Prismapar and head of the Mexican office. Fernando is a trilingual senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, with Global multi-industry and multi-cultural capabilities. Fernando has worked in the US, Europe & Mexico, and lived in Miami, Sao Paulo, Medellin, Mexico. Fernando has served as the President for Latin America at Cengage Learning, a senior advisor to McGraw-Hill and the Aspen Institute, a director to Hewlett Packard, a Vice President for Electronic Data Systems in Latin America. Fernando has also been an entrepreneur founding a consulting and marketing service firm in Latin America, the first think tank lab in Latin America to produce innovative learning experiences and educational software. Fernando has been a college professor, a K12 teacher and a professional soccer player. Fernando has a computer science degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, a MBA from University of Miami and several technology and education related programs at Wharton and MIT.
Oliver Klopfstein is a partner at Prismapar and head of the Ecuadorian office. Oliver is a a trilingual senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, with more more than 17+ years of international experience in strategic planning, business development, entrepreneurship, and project management. Oliver started his career at Siemens Corporation in New York within the strategic planning group. Prior to joining Prismapar, Oliver was a partner at Grupo Spurrier, the leading advisory firm in Ecuador. Oliver assisted local and multinational companies, public institutions, and NGO’s on industry and competitive analysis, sectorial, economic, and market studies to support major strategic initiatives and investments. Oliver is a member of the Executive Council at the German Humboldt School in Guayaquil. Oliver has a BSc in Management Engineering with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts, USA.
Andrés Cardó is a Partner at Prismapar and head of the Spain office. Andrés is a trilingual senior executive with close to 30 years of experience in the education and media sectors. Before joining Prismapar, Andres worked for Grupo Prisa in different executive roles. Andrés was part of the team that expanded Santillana in Latam in the 90´s. He was the head of Santillana in Brazil, as well as the Managing Director of Editorial Moderna and the Country Manager of PRISA in Brazil. At PRISA, Andres was director of Corporate Development, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Andres was also the CEO of PRISA Radio and President of PRISA Brand Solutions (PBS). He has served on the boards of Santillana, AS, PBS, PRISA Radio companies, Cadena SER, CONELPA (JV Condé Nast – EL PAIS), etc. Andres graduated from Economics and Humanities at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú. He studied Finance at the ESAN in Lima. He also holds an MBA from Madrid’s IESE.