Mr. Patel is a senior executive with over 17 years of principal investing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio analysis and risk management experience globally. Prior to joining Itafos, he worked in senior roles at CarVal Investors and Cargill. At CarVal, proprietary trading desk of Cargill, Mr. Patel was responsible for portfolio analysis and investment activities related to Emerging Markets platform, building a successful track record on investments across a broad range of sectors including power generation and distribution, telecom, sugar, steel, natural resources, media, and financial. At Cargill, Mr. Patel worked in business development and finance within the food ingredients platform which included cocoa, soy protein, texturizers, flavors, sweeteners, and nutraceuticals businesses. Mr. Patel also spent several years as lead for risk assessment and internal audits of Cargill’s diverse businesses within Asia. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University, Masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Florida, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan.