Daniel JapiassúDirector and Chief Executive Officer
A born entrepreneur and very passionate about technology, Daniel Japiassu is part of the first generation of Brazilians to explore the internet business opportunities. At Media Lab he developed the first corporate websites for clients such as Itaú, Amil and Pepsi among other major brands. At the age of 21, he launched the digital agency AgenteWeb in partnership with three partners with the goal of developing dynamic websites for companies and celebrities. The agency delivered creative projects for clients like Sprite and Pelé and received several awards.
In 2002 he left the project for a period of studies abroad. After studying photography in Barcelona and working in Seattle and San Diego e he teamed up with Karina at YDreams where he found the ideal workplace to put into practice all his experience in the new digital world. Back in Brazil, working together with Karina, he has been playing a key role in the successful performance of YDreams in the country leading projects such as Knowledge Vessel for the City of Rio and the Trophy Tour for Coca-Cola. Most recently he and Karina were in charge of taking the company public in Canada, on the TSX-V.
Karina IsraelDirector and Chief Operating Officer
Karina Israel has had an international career over the past 20 years. After two years of experience in the Energy Research Center (CEPEL) in Rio de Janeiro, she led the Media Lab production area between 1996 and 1999. During this period she graduated in Social Communication at UFRJ and became one of the pioneers of internet business development in Brazil. She still worked for Ogilvy Interactive and Tesla in São Paulo before setting off to Europe for a Master´s degree in Technology Science and Society at the Salamanca University, in addition to post graduate studies in Business Administration from the New Lisbon University. In 2004 she joined YDreams in Portugal as a precursor to producing real-time location-based games for mobile devices. Karina spearheaded YDreams’ move into the professional advertising sector. She also led the opening of YDreams Brasil in partnership with Daniel Japiassu and achieved a master´s degree at USP for Media, Society and Information. Under their leadership the Brazilian operation soon became independent and has had a leading role in many international projects. Karina currently leads projects for clients in Brazil such as Bradesco (major Brazilian bank), Audi, Bohemia (popular local beer brand) among others. The business opportunities with digital upgrades in major retail physical stores are one of her main interests at present.
Miguel RemédioDirector and Audit Committee Member
Miguel Remédio has a background education in Environmental Engineering and a Master in Mathematical Modelling from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology. In 2000 he co-founded YDreams in Portugal and was responsible for finances and the international expansion of the company, creating offices in Spain and Brazil. He has extensive international experience in sales and project development of interactive solutions for brands and institutions. Besides being Director of YDreams Global, Miguel is member of the board of Ynvisible SA and other European technology companies.
Conrad ClemissDirector and Audit Committee Member
Mr. Clemiss has been a director and officer of numerous Canadian public companies. He is currently a director and officer of Makena Resources Inc. and Spearmint Resources Inc., Both companies listed on the TSXV. Mr. Clemiss has been self-employed as a consultant who offers consulting services for financing, corporate communications and investor relations to public companies since March 2005.
James NelsonDirector and Audit Committee Member
Mr. James Nelson has over 12 years of public markets experience focused in finance, investor relations and corporate development serving as a director and a consultant to several public and private companies and has worked in a variety of industries including: energy, mining, oil & gas, and technology.
Since 2006 he has held senior management positions with several TSX-V listed resource companies including Cruz Capital Corp. (TSX.V: CUZ) and Halio Energy Inc (TSX.V: HOL).
The relationships Mr. Nelson has built throughout the financial community has enabled him to provide much needed funding to various venture companies and he continues to maintain this strong network in and around the capital markets.
Yangping (Cindy) CaiChief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Cai has been the Chief Financial Officer of a number of mineral exploration companies listed on the TSXV from January 2010 to date, including Makena Resources Inc., Sienna Resources Inc., Cruz Capital Corp., and Spearmint Resources Inc.
Daniel PradoTechnology Director
Hired in 2007, Daniel Prado is one of the first Brazilian YDreamers. DP, as he’s affectionately referred to internally, has a long career leading multimedia projects and internet business for clients such as Xerox, Embratur, Petrobras and the Ministry of Education. He started his career working with network infrastructure and website development before he joined Media Lab where he worked with Karina Israel and Daniel Japiassu for the first time between 1996 and 1998. He also took part in Agente Web with Japiassu and other partners. After being a consultant in major projects he worked for the Nacional Health Agency being responsible for internet projects between 2003 and 2007. He left the government agency to become technology director at YDreams Brasil working in the Rio office. Always working closely with the creative department, his main role is to elaborate innovative and viable solutions in new projects and manage the IT and development teams. Since 1998 he has been a professor at ESPM (Marketing college) in Rio de Janeiro, lecturing on web marketing and digital creativity.
Ana MonteCreative Director
Design is one of the main pillars of YDreams Brasil in the development of innovative projects. Graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Ana Monte has been the creative director since 2010, always working closely with the technology department. She began her career in 1996 at the RNP (National Research Network), the pioneer institution responsible for establishing the commercial Internet in Brazil. This experience became the root of her digital design expertise, consistently focused on user experience. In 1998 she moved to Media Lab to work as an art director. There she was responsible for the accounts of some of the biggest Brazilian companies, such as Petrobras, Pepsi and Natura. In 2001 she moved to the House Agency for Globo.com’s internet portal as Art Director for the online campaigns. Ana had her own design office for five years, where she developed multidisciplinary skills while working on a variety of jobs and clients, ranging from digital to graphic design, brand experience, product design and so on. As head of the YDreams creative department, Ana coaches and directs a multidisciplinary team of designers.
Marcos AlvesProduct Director
Before graduating in business administration from PUC-RJ in 2000, Marcos Alves started his career as a programmer at Media Lab. He soon joined Globo TV where he had a key role in the strategic planning, development and management of some of the main websites of the network such as Globo na Copa, Globo Esportes and Globo News. In the Globo.com portal he managed research, development and adoption of new technologies between 1999 and 2002. After this period he became professional services manager at e-Dablio, senior manager at the DBA consulting firm, business director at Dextra and head of sales at Thoughtworks Brazil. With this long road in business and technology, in addition to a MBA at IBMEC, Marcos Alves joined YDreams Brasil in February 2014. His role is to lead the sales and new business team.
Renata LebrãoFinance & Accounting Director
With over 20 years of experience in multinationals, Renata Lebrão is the executive responsible for the YDreams Brasil financial department. With a degree in Economics and Accounting, Renata also did post-graduate studies in Finance at Ibmec and Corporate Law at FGV. She started her career as a trainee in Arthur Andersen in 1992 at the Rio de Janeiro branch where she became manager. After 10 years in the consulting firm, in 2001 she assumed the challenge of helping the Telefônica Group to structure their investments for providing internet providing for mobile phones. In 2004, she became financial director at Gearbulk - a Norwegian Navigating company that has an important branch in Brazil - a position she held for seven years. In 2011 she founded her own consulting firm, Franco-Lebrão to assist clients in accounting, auditing and financial matters. Her main role at YDreams Brasil currently, is to establish financial guidelines and assure the financial feasibility of the company, providing security to shareholders, investors and clients.
Erik ZiegelmeyerBusiness Director
Erik Ziegelmeyer is a Business Manager with over 20 years in Communications, Marketing and Business Development in companies such as Creata, Mkt M/TIMwe, Ogilvy Brasil, Ogilvy Peru, Bates and Rede Globo. He has worked in the Business Unit Direction in Brazil and abroad, taking part in the implementation of Ogilvy in the Andean market, leading the operation after that. Experienced in Commercial Strategies and Supplier Development, he graduated from Estácio de Sá University and specialized at the FIU – Florida International University.