About Us

Members

Onçafari consists of an interdisciplinary team of biologists, veterinarians, field guides, psychologist, and even a former racing driver.

Meet some of our amazing team members, who are all passionate about what they do.

Executive

Mario Haberfeld

President/Co-Founder

Mario was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has had two abiding passions since childhood: racing cars and wildlife. After a long career of nearly 20 years in motorsport, with stints in Formula 1 and Formula Indy, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to wildlife conservation. He has traveled to various parts of the world in order to visit several animal conservation projects involving gorillas, tigers, polar bears, pandas, leopards, lions and more. Mario decided to establish Onçafari in order to conserve Brazil's biodiversity, and to assist in the development of local communities through ecotourism and science.

Leonardo Gomes

CEO

Leonardo is a psychologist who graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Leonardo has operated for over ten years in the Third Sector, which deals specifically with the issues of local development, employment and education. He also has extensive experience in the fields of management and product development. As director of Onçafari, his focus is on design and project management, as well as institutional relationships. He is also on the team of SOS Pantanal, which oversees a project of international cooperation.

Simon Bellingham

Co-Founder

Simon was born in Zimbabwe, where, as a child, he became fascinated by nature. He started his career as a professional wildlife guide in South Africa, working for several major groups of small hotels that utilize ecotourism as a method of conservation. He has made significant progress in his career and now holds the most advanced certification in his profession in South Africa. After meeting Mario, they developed a plan together to promote ecotourism in Brazil. After several visits to the Pantanal, it became clear that for any plan to work it would be crucial to include jaguars.

Field Team

Lilian Rampim

General Coordinator

Graduated in Biological Sciences in 2005 with focus on wildlife management and conservation, Lili always aimed to work with animals. She had her first work opportunity at São Paulo’s Zoo, where she worked researching small cats as a junior biologist. She also worked on a wildlife rescue center before deciding to broaden her wild cat population knowledge, which took her to the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. She's been a member of Onçafari ‘s team since 2012 and coordinates the team on the ground, organizes all the data that is collected and gives presentations, among many other activities in the office and on the field.

Leonardo Sartorello

Rewild Coordinator

Leonardo started his career as a biologist in 2004 working with clinical pathology. In 2006 he joined the team of Sao Paulo’s Zoo as an environmental educator and wild mammals’ management staff. He improved his skills with wild animals in captivity working in “Fundação Animalia” rescue center. Leo also monitored wild animals in the Atlantic Rainforest mountain chain between the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He joined Onçafari in 2012 helping in the habituation of jaguars and in capture campaigns for monitoring jaguars health status and behavior. Leo now coordinates the Rewild Centers of Onçafari, both in Pantanal and Amazonia, and also monitors the jaguars from Para State with the support of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB - Força Aérea Brasileira) in one of our bases, located in Pousada Thaimaçu. He is the technical responsible person for reintroduction, capture and monitoring of jaguars and pumas in face of Cenap/ICMBio.

Eduardo Fragoso

Science Coordinator

Born in Santa Catarina, Edu is a biologist graduated in 2014 from the State University of Ponta Grossa (PR). He is currently the coordinator of the Science front of the Onçafari. Since the beginning of his career, he has been focusing on research and conservation of mammals, with emphasis on top predators, such as jaguars, pumas and wolves. He joined the Onçafari team in 2015, working with photographic trapping, collecting, compiling and analyzing data, tracking and habituation of jaguars in the Pantanal and wolf guards in the Cerrado. He has a deep interest in ecology, behavior and strategies for the conservation of these species in free life.

Joares May Jr.

Veterinary

Joares Adenilson May Junior is the veterinarian responsible for captures and health monitoring of the animals at Onçafari. He graduated from Universidade Estadual de Santa Catarina (UDESC) in 1997, specializing in medicine and management of wild and exotic animals, with a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo, (USP). As professor at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in Tubarão (Sant Catarina), he has worked since 2003 on carnivore conservation projects in Brazil, Belize, Chile and Colombia.

Valquiria Cabral

Biologist

Valquiria is a biologist who graduated from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). She interned in a survey project of bird species in the Pantanal and the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center in Campo Grande (MS). After graduation, she worked as an environmental guide at Caiman Ecological Refuge, and later at the Space Institute Silvestre, where she was a project assistant in the reintroduction of purple-breasted-parrots in a conservation area in western Santa Catarina. She is currently coordinator of the Onçafari team in the Cerrado, working with the monitoring and habituation of maned wolves.

Victória Pinheiro

Onçafari Guide and Biologist

Victoria obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from the Paulista State University, “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP). With fellows in different university extensions programs and experience on collegiate bodies, she developed a valuable background in interpersonal relationships. She has participated in several courses related to medium and large mammals, focusing her studies on the behavior and conservation of big felids (felidae), which will inform her graduate research with captive lions. Being part of the Onçafari team, and working directly with jaguars and other wild mammals is a great personal and professional achievement.

João Bachur

Onçafari Guide and Biologist

João is a biologist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo (USP). He served as environmental monitor in the State Park of the Anchieta Island, located in Ubatuba, São Paulo, with experience in serving the public, and dealing with issues related to the local flora and fauna. He took part in the scholarship program Science without Borders, and studied Management of Coastal Zones at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, for one year. This experience helped him become fluent in English and allowed him to share his experiences and learning with students and teachers of different nationalities and cultures. His career and his passion for the diversity of Brazilian nature has provided him with the privilege of working face to face with the biggest predator of the Americas.

Pedro Reali

Onçafari Guide and Biologist

Biologist graduated at University of São Paulo (USP), Pedro has always been interested in biodiversity conservation and worked at marine conservation units and with endangered species throughout his career. During university graduation he did an internship in Australia where he studied for one year at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, deepening his knowledge on biodiversity conservation. Being a member of Onçafari’s team, studying the biggest cat of the Americas, and sharing his passion by guiding guests is an important personal and professional achievement for him.

Consulting board

Alexandre Bossi

CEO and founder of Pandhora along with Isaias Lopes. Bachelor degree in Economics from Mackenzie University and Business Administration by Fundação Getúlio Vargas. His professional career was built in many institutions (such as Mauá Capital and Pactual) and he was founding partner of Brasil Capital. Alexandre began his career at Cannel Capital, San Francisco. This business executive is closely involved with environmental preservation, which includes being head of SOS Pantanal and counselor of Onçafari, among many other organizations.

Ana Cristina Haberfeld

Bachelor’s degree from Economics. Dedicates herself to developing travel itineraries specialized in unique experiences. Proud mother of 2 children, Roberto and Mariana. One of her greatest pleasures in her job is to present the Pantanal to her keen clients, and observe how they fall in love with nature, just as she did.

Arri Coser

With more than 40 years of expertise in the food industry, this entrepreneur has established the restaurant sector by investing in barbecue and pizza establishments in NB Steak and Maremonti.

Fernando von Zuben

Chemical engineer, masters in Environmental Engineering from UNICAMP. Extensive experience in chemical industries (Monsanto and Shell) and food segments (Nestle). Responsible for Tetra Pak global environmental area based in Lund, Sweden. Environmental Director of TetraPak in Latin America, developing recycling technologies for materials such as thermal plasma reactor. Chairman of CEMPRE for two terms, Corporate Commitment to Recycling. Secretary of State for Environment in São Paulo in 2017. Currently head of EnviroPartners, specializing in corporate sustainability.

Marina Courrol

Bachelor’s degree in Law from Mackenzie University, major in Environmental Law from COGEAE PUC/SP, master´s degree in Political and Economic Law with emphasis on Climate Change from University of Mackenzie. Assistant professor for the course Climate Changes in Environmental Law Specialization at COGEA PUC/SP. In Onçafari, Marina is responsible for the association´s legal affairs.

Pedro Camargo

- Founder of Jaguar Maintainer Santa Rosa
- Advisor to SOS Pantanal
- Advisor for the protection and conservation system of Serra do Amolar
- 16 years of experience in value Investing
- Founding partner and manager of Trilha Investimentos (2013–present)
- Founding partner of Pandhora Technologies (2016–present)
- Worked as Trainee in Skopos Resource Administrator (2007) and senior business analyst in DEC Investments (2003–2013)
- Licensed administrator by CVM and certified by CGA (ANBIMA)since March 2010
-Bachelor’s degree in Economics from FAAP (2007) majoring in Capital Markets USP/ Fipecafi (2008)

Robert Betenson

Bobby has a European background but is born and raised in Brazil. He graduated in Hotel Management in Switzerland and an Caiman lodge for 5 years where his passion for nature became an important value in his life. After the Pantanal, Bobby tab corporate hotels before founding MATUETE, a high end travel company in São Paulo, back on 2001.

Robert Kozmann

Robert Kozmann Jr. has 28 years of experience working in the banking industry in Sao Paulo, Frankfurt, London and NY. Is currently working as Chief Operational Officer for Latin America for one of the major US Banks based in New York. Prior he was Chief Financial Officer for Emerging Markets.

Currently he serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations. He also participates in many volunteer opportunities such as running with disabled athletes, including three NYC marathons, and building houses for underprivileged neighborhoods as well as in many environmental initiatives.

In his current role he also co-chairs several committees and forums in Latin America including the Environmental, Social and Governance Committee, Reputational Risk Committee and is also member of the Latin America Executive Committee.
Robert holds a bachelors degree in both finance and macro economics from the Faculdade Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo. He also completed the Security Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) three‐ year course at Wharton University.

Roberto Klabin

Bachelor’s degree in Law from USP, involved in the environmental movement since 1977. Founder of several NGOs, such as SOS Mata Atlântica, for which he was acted as chairman for 22 years.

Supervisory board

Rafael Fuganti

Financial Market professional with 20 years of experience in institutions such as JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Santander, BR Partners, and Bank of America. Current and/or former performance in controllership, risk management, compliance, operating manager, and protection against money laundering. Before being part of Onçafari Counsil, Rafael was a volunteer in Laje Viva Institute, a protection organization of marine life in Laje de Santos. He also worked as an underwater photographer in Mantas do Brasil Project.

Cristiano Ruschmann

Bachelor’s degree in law from University of São Paulo and German Law with emphasis on International Taxation by Albert Ludwigs de Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg). High performance in consultative matters (law contracts and tributary planning) and litigation. Acknowledged for his strong support to Brazilian multinational companies in investment phase, as well as large corporations in the IT sector. Founding partner of Bazuna, Ruschmann, and Soriano law office –BRATAX ( law firm with tax expertise).

Fabio Prada

26 years of working experience in the Finance area, as a trader, finance director and financial advisor.

Vast experience in banks treasury department area, worked as a trader for 2 foreign banks, Citi and Banco Santander, assisting corporate client’s close treasury operations such as: investing, hedging, loans, foreign exchange and trade finance.

15 years of experience as Finance Director/CFO (from 2001 to 2016) of large corporations: Huawei Technologies, ZTE Technologies and Mitsubishi/Suzuki Motors.

4 years of experience in the global wealth management area being a license advisor in Brazil and US.

Business Administrator, graduate of FAAP University of Brazil.

Holds 2 FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) license certifications to work in the US securities industry: SIE (Securities Industry Essentials) and Series 7 (Registered Representative)

Hold an ANCORD (Brazilian FINRA like entity) license certification: AAI (Agente Autonomo de Investimentos) license to buy and sell securities in the Brazilian Financial Market.

Member of CREA-SP Conselho de Administração de São Paulo

Volunteer Fiscal Board Member since 2017 of Oncafari Project,

Are you interested in joining our team? Send your resume to us!