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Paulo Afonso Maranhão Faria holds an Electrical Engineer degree and a Telecommunications Specialist degree from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. From Ohio University, USA, he holds a graduate Master of Business Administration degree.

In his career he has held executive positions with Telepar (Telecommunications Company of Paraná), HP (Hewlett Packard) and Siemens, among others, in Brazil and abroad. His expertise lies in the areas of technical sales and marketing; international sales and business development for technology-based businesses; and institutional relations.

Currently, he holds the position of Advisor to the Director General, Brazil at Itaipu Binational, the world´s largest producer of clean, renewable energy.