Andres Cristian Nacht

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Brazil

President of the Board, Mills do Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1942, of Rumanian father and German mother.
Education in Argentina and England. Graduated a Master of Arts from Cambridge University (England) in Mechanical Sciences (something like an engineering degree) in 1964.
Worked as an engineer in London and Paris before moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1969.
From 1969 to 1998 I went from engineering to management, and ended as President and CEO, all at Mills do Brasil (http://www.mills.com.br/). During those years the company partnered with British, Canadian, American, Norwegian, and German companies. In 2007 two private equity funds invested in Mills and in 2010 the company went public on the São Paulo stock-exchange. In 1998 I left the executive functions at Mills, however continuing as President of the Board.
In the not-for-profit sector my contribution has had to do principally with my experience in management in the for-profit world. After 1998, as I increased my dedication to the third sector, I joined Viva Rio, an NGO missioned to the reduction of violence in Rio de Janeiro. Among other projects we worked together with the military police of Rio de Janeiro in several initiatives that later resulted in the UPPs that are currently pacifying the favelas. I later became a director of Viva Cred, one of Rio’s first micro-credit organizations, and also of ISER, a research organization focused on social, religious, public security and environmental issues. Internationally I have been a member of the ICA – Institute of Cultural Affairs since the early 80’s.
Today my main not-for-profit activity is as one of three directors of the Vila Olimpica da Maré, a large educational and sport facility in the Complexo da Maré. Our objective is to unite with the more than 15 schools within a radius of 1km and work together to create a center of educational excellence, comparable to the best in the country, for members of that community. I have also made myself available for initiatives that I believe are worth supporting, as is the case of NESsT and the SEWF in Rio.

I am married to a Danish girl I met in Cambridge, we have had 5 kids, aged 42 to 24, and we all love Brazil.