Our strength is based on the individual talent and vast experience that each one of our professionals brings to every project. Our multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team collectively has decades of extensive local and international experience as senior advisors, c-level and members of boards of directors.


Camille El-Khouri

[Managing Partner]

Founding and Managing Partner of Connect Partners, Camille has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, restructuring and M&A in industries such as IT, Security & Defense and Internet. Previously he was the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Consulting, Brazil, Managing Director of Unisys, CEO of Cambridge Technology Partners and and Tesla, and General Manager of Fidelity BPO, Brazil. Also, he served on the Board of Directors of Karsten S/A and currently is a member of the Fiscal Council of Inepar S/A.

Camille holds a degree in Business from Roger Williams College, USA, and participated in executive programs from Kellogg School of Management and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He is a certified board member by IBGC (Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance).

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André D. Gouvinhas


Joined Connect Partners in 2014. André has 10 years of extensive experience in financial advisory, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Specialist in cross-border transactions, he worked across a broad array of industries such as Oil & Gas, Logistics, Infrastructure, Advertising, Green Technology and Retail. He began his career as consultant at DealMaker, where he worked on restructuring projects, strategic and financial planning, and M&A. He participated/led numerous successful transactions in excess of R$ 2.7 billion.

André holds a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo – USP.

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João Fernando Vassão


Vassão joined Connect Partners in 2015 after 28 years of experience in Marketing and Communications, leading large agencies such as Lew, Lara, Lowe Lintas & Partners, Fischer America, GP7 and Publicis Red Lion. Prior to joining Connect Partners, he was Chief Strategy Officer of Publicis Worldwide network in Brazil. Vassão served about 80 companies, with emphasis on Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Automotive, Banking, Foods, Telecommunications and Personal Hygiene. He also participated in M&A transactions of companies in the amount of R$ 1.5 billion.

Vassão holds a degree in Theology and attended executive programs at Insper and Publicis Group in NYC.

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Elizio A. Prieto


Director of Connect Partners, Elizio has more than 25 years of experience in sectors such as IT and Professional Services. Previously, he was Sales Director of Fidelity BPO Brazil and T-Systems, Brazil, a Deustshe Telekom company, as well as Director of Financial Industry line of business of Unisys, Brazil. During 8 years, he managed the corporate finance consulting practice of Ernst & Young, where he was responsible for financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions.

Elizio holds a degree in Mechanical Production Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial FEI and holds an MBA from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – FAAP.

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Hailton Braga


Director of Connect, Hailton has more than 30 years of experience in Finance and Business Management in sectors such as Chemicals and Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Technology and Agribusiness. He was Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Controller and Business Manager, acting successfully in operational, strategic and M&A projects for several renowned companies such as FMC, Aviagen, CommScope, Pillsbury e Philip Morris.

Hailton holds an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), postgraduate degree in Finance from Faculdade de Administração e Economia (FAE) and degree in Business Administration from Escola Superior de Administração e Negócios (ESAN).

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Neide Ramos Crotti


Director of Connect based in Rome, Italy, Neide previously was General Manager in-charge of HR, Planning & Quality of Ambev and Vale, Administrative Director of Varig Log and Locamerica, and HR Director of Sauipe and Bravante Group. She has significant experience in restructuring business units and in managing strategic projects such as mergers, acquisitions and IPOs.

Neide holds an MBA in Logistics from COPPEAD (UFRJ) and in Marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Corporate Leadership Program from MIT and a degree in Food Engineering from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV).

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Daniel Mesquita

[Analista Financeiro]

Financial Analyst of Connect Partners, Daniel is involved in Mergers and Acquisitions projects in sectors such as Security, Services and Fitness. During college, he was Director of the Student Academic Association, coordinating academic and professional relationship projects. He also took part in the Exchange program of the University of Reading in England and in extracurricular activities of Financial Markets and Business Management.

Daniel holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Energy and Automation at Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo – USP.

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Gustavo B. Wu

[Analista Financeiro]

Trainee of Connect Partners, Gustavo provides support in client prospecting processes, develops industry sector analysis and research, focusing on innovative technologies. Prior to joining Connect, Gustavo worked for Latam Airlines in the Cost Management department, supporting Financial Planning and results reporting analysis.

Gustavo is attending Business Administration at School of Economics, Administration and Accounting of University of São Paulo – USP.

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Naim Tuma Jr.


Trainee of Connect Partners, Naim had previous experience in Itaú-Unibanco, working as Intern at Retail and Operations. During college, he was director of the Financial Market League, coordinating prospection and relationship of its partners. He also took part in the Exchange program of the Universty of Porto, located in Portugal, taking classes about Financial Markets and Innovation.

Naim is attending in Industrial Engineering at Federal University of São Carlos.

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