Executive Board of Directors

The Executive Board of Directors RNP is composed of the general director Nelson Simões and four executive directors. See each of them:


General Director
Nelson Simões

Nelson Simões works as general director of RNP since 2002. He was a member of the Internet Managing Committee in Brazil, elected as a representative of the scientific and technological community between 2002 and 2010, and works in this position also at Cinemateca Brasileira and other organizations. He was director of the Latin American Advanced Network Cooperation (CLARA) from 2003 to 2014, the international organization responsible for the regional Latin American research network. He is a computer engineer by PUC-Rio and has a master´s degree in Communication Policies by Universidade de Brasília (UnB).


Engineering and Operations Director 
Eduardo Grizendi

Eduardo Grizendi is Engineering and Operations Director of RNP and professor at the National Telecommunications Institute (Inatel) in the area of Innovation and Business. He has worked for companies and institutions in the telecommunications and innovation area, including CPqD and Inova Unicamp Agency. He is an electronic engineer by the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), has a master's degree in Telecommunications by Inatel and MBA by Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He is the author of a manual for Brazilian ICT companies, promoted by Softex and published by Editora Publit, Rio de Janeiro.


Services and Solutions Director
José Luiz Ribeiro Filho

José Luiz Ribeiro Filho is responsible for leading several projects, such as Redecomep (Metropolitan Community Networks for Education and Research) and Rute (Telemedicine University Network). He was also a member of the Brazilian Internet Management Committee ( between 1998-2000 and 2011-2014, having represented the country and RNP in different international forums and entities, such as the Internet Society (ISOC), Internet 2, ICANN, LACNIC, among others. He holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science by the University of London, a master's degree in computer science by COPPE Sistemas and he is electronic engineer by UFRJ. He participated and led several projects in the areas of computer architecture and electronic networks at NCE / UFRJ in the 80's.


Research and Development Director
Iara Machado

Iara Machado holds a degree in Physics by Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a master's degree in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems by Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). She has MBA in Entrepreneurship by the Institute of Economics/UFRJ. She worked at Embratel in the Network Management Systems area. At RNP, her activities involve collaboration with the research community in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, in the development of Networks and Advanced Applications.


Administration and Finance Director
Madalena Raptopoulos

Studying PhD degree in Business Administration at IAG/PUC Rio and Management - Strategy and Entrepreneurship at ISCTE-IUL/Lisbon, Master´s degree in Business Administration by IAG /PUC Rio, Postgraduate in Corporate Finance by IBMEC/RJ, Graduate in Chemical Engineer by UERJ and Biotechnology Technician by ETFQ/RJ (now IFRJ), Madalena has 30 years of experience in public institutions and medium and large national and multinational companies. She also worked as a Controller at RNP for 10 years and as Controller and Finance and Cost Manager for 5 years more. She has experience and works as leader in the areas of Administration, Planning, Strategy, Procurement, Legal, Corporate Systems, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Corporate Governance, Business Management, Risk Management, Compliance and Internal Audit, Independent and Governmental.