Born and raised in Brazil in a family involved in the Agribusiness sector for three generations, Sylvio started his career in the banking and private equity sectors in Brazil investing in agribusiness opportunities in Latin America.
After completing his MBA, he joined FMC Corporation in Philadelphia where he was part of their SBD team working to identify M&A opportunities in the agribusiness sector. He joined Cargill in 2006 based in Minneapolis and was involved in creating a venture start up focusing on waste to energy renewable energy generation and emissions reduction across the globe.
From 2008 to 2010, as Head of International Product Development, he led a team to launch the company's first business to consumer product in Europe (the Truvia table top sweetener). In 2010 he joined the risk management team to expand their offer of financial products to farmers and food companies into new commodities and geographies.
In 2013 Sylvio started a new role at Swiss agri-business Syngenta as Head of Strategy and Business Development where he led the company’s introduction of a specialty corn technology into the North American livestock feeding market.
In 2017 Sylvio was appointed to the Wheatsheaf Executive Team as a Managing Director and opened the group’s first office outside of the UK in Minneapolis. He will manage the investment portfolio in North America and drive value across the group.
Sylvio holds a BSc in Agronomic Engineering from the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Sao Paulo and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.