Cluster Consulting counts with a multidisciplinary team and a large number of national and international collaborators.

Carlos Tarrasón is the director and senior partner of Cluster Consulting and has built an extensive network of experts in clusters and economic development. Those experts have themselves wide experience and proven abilities working in such projects in Latin America and Europe for regional governments and development institutions such as the IDB, the World Bank or UNDP.


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"The most important is to follow your dreams and be authentic. I started as a strategy consultant for multinationals in Europe and today as Cluster Consulting director, I help the development of regions and collectives in Latin America."

Carlos Tarrasón, Spanish resident in Brazil, has over 20 years of international experience in projects of economic development and strategy, conducted mainly in Brazil, Peru, Spain and the UK. He has worked in Brazil for the past fifteen years for Cluster Consulting, IDB-MIF and consultancies specialized in competitiveness and clusters. He previously worked for leading global strategy consultancies such as The Boston Consulting Group and Mitchell Madison Group (Mckinsey spin off) in Europe.

Carlos Tarrasón graduated from ESADE Business School with an MBA from ESADE and Indiana University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in Brazilian politics and economy.

During his fifteen years in Brazil, he has widely participated in the debate on regional development though public presentations, seminars and workshops both at the federal level (SEBRAE, Ministry of Development, IDB) and at a state level (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul). In Minas Gerais, he was largely responsible for the structuring, execution and coordination of the Regional Competitiveness Programme 2008-2009 for the SEBRAE and with the participation of SECTES, SEDE, SETUR and FIEMG, and its continuation.

In recent years, he has worked as a consultant in competitive programs for governments and institutions as well as director, mentor or consultant in more than 25 cluster projects including a wide range industries: urban mobility, ICT, biotechnology, electro electronics, food, travel, fashion, etc.

He is a regular lecturer at the Global and Latin American conferences on clusters and competitiveness organized by The Competitiveness Institute. He has presented methodologies and case studies in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain. Recent lectures include topics as Industry 4.0 and Smart Specialization for regions.

Carlos worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Brazil and Peru. In Brazil, he was a consultant for the IDB-MIF from 2004 to 2006 accompanying the progress and achievement of about 38 projects led by the MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund for innovative projects) including an in-depth supervision of 8 of them, notably the PROMOS Cluster Project. He also prepared and implemented the MIF Seminar on project management.

His native languages are Spanish and Catalan. Carlos is also fluent in English and Portuguese, and has an intermediate level in German.

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Marcelo Canabrava de Andrade started his internship at Cluster Consulting in 2018. He is currently responsible for advising on Cluster projects and assisting in the internal management of the company.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, he worked as a Brazilian Ambassador and Global Council Coordinator for Brazil Júnior, JADE, and the JEGC. Working from Brussels, he has conducted studies, interviews and company visits in several European countries to help increase the competitiveness of similar companies in Brazil. He was also responsible for bringing together and coordinating ten different countries in the Junior Enterprise Global Council, reformulating the overall strategy of the organization. Finally, it helped the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises to reformulate and implement its Strategic Planning through Routine Management and BPM tools.

Marcelo is a Business Administration student at UFMG and throughout his academic career, he was also Trainee, Consultant, President and Administrative Counselor at UCJ - UFMG Junior Consultancy between the years of 2014 and 2017. At that time, he worked with projects of Marketing Research, Economic Viability, and Strategic Planning. He was also responsible for leading a team of more than 50 people and received at the end of his management, along with his team, the award of High Impact Junior Company. This recognition made UCJ the best Junior Company in the country, among other 400 existing ones.

His native language is Portuguese, he is fluent in English and has an advanced level in Spanish.

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Boyang Xue

Boyang Xue, from China, started working at Cluster Consulting since June, 2016 and is currently involved in a project aiming at improving the handmade cheese production and marketing in the state of Minas Gerais and another project on geography indication(GI).

Boyang Xue previously worked as project coordinator for China CAMC Engineering in Venezuela, where he was in charge of client relation management, procurement of equipment, power generation and transmission project management and managed 15 to 20 Venezuelan staff. He also worked as research assistant for The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where he conducted research on China’s political and economic engagement with Latin America, evaluated Chinese investment in the region and its impact on Latin American economic development.

Boyang holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University in China, and is pursuing his Master of Arts in International Economics & Latin American Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, USA, where he specialized in economic development strategies. He also completed a certificate program in Japanese and Japan Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and spent one academic year in Universidad Santiago de Cali in Cali, Colombia.

His native language is Mandarin, fluent in English, has working proficiency in Spanish and has intermediate level of Japanese and Portuguese.


Débora Simões 


Débora is a collaborator of Cluster Consulting and worked in a project fostered by the local industrial development agency, AGDI, which is aiming at develop a Metal mechanic cluster in the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul state. She has been working for more than ten years in the agribusiness sector with consultancy and strategic projects developed for a wide range of industries (fertilizer, machinery and equipment, banks and agrochemicals) associations and even for the government.

In 2009 and 2010, she worked as a UNCTAD consultant in a project to evaluate the business environment in Latinamerica for investments directed to the agricultural sector. Previously, she was a voluntary researcher in the international economy area at the Center for Advanced Studies and Applied Economics from the University of São Paulo (CEPEA/ESALQ/USP) accompanying projects related to technical, sanitary and environmental barriers to international trade.

Débora is Bachelor in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília (UNB), Master in Applied Economics from ESALQ / USP and MBA in Strategic Management and Innovation from BI International (with modules from Columbia and Babson universities). Currently, she is a MBA candidate from PECEGE/USP in the Agribusiness Program.

Her native language is Portuguese. She is fluent in English and Spanish, has advanced command of French and intermediate level of German.


Sébastien Morvan


Sébastien Morvan, a native from France, collaborates with Cluster Consulting since 2011. During 2011 worked as a consultant in an strategic analysis of the dairy sector to define strategies and increase competitiveness of the Minas Gerais companies in the sector.

Sébastien started his career as an Investment Banker at Société Générale in London. He reached Associate level within the Fixed Income Derivatives division, advising top tier Scandinavian Financial Institutions on structured solutions. Building on this experience, he has then focused his efforts towards economic development in Latin America. He worked as a financial analyst at Fundación Pro Vivienda Social, a microfinance institution specialized in affordable housing in Argentina and as a project manager within the business incubator of Coprodeli, a leading grassroots NGO in Peru helping entrepreneurs at the Bottom of the Pyramid. During graduate school, he also volunteered for Ashoka Youth Venture at their HQ in Arlington, VA.

Sébastien holds a Master Degree in Management (Honors) from ESSCA Business School in Angers, France, and a Master of Arts in International Economics & International Relations (Honors) from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, USA, where he specialized in Latin American development strategies. He also spent an academic year at Queen's School of Business, Kingston, Canada.

His native language is French; he is proficient in English and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.

Fabiana Ribeiro 


Fabiana Ribeiro has been collaborating with Cluster Consulting since 2010. Recently she was working as a consultant in the Smart Mobility Belo Horizonte project to develop the technological solutions cluster for mobility. During 2010-2011 she was member of the team responsible for promoting competitiveness in the Biotechnology and Human Health cluster in Belo Horizonte/MG, a project coordinated by the Brazilian Support Agency to Micro and Small Enterprises - Division Minas Gerais (Sebrae-MG) and the State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Minas Gerais Government (Sectes-MG).

She also worked at Adelphi Consult (Munich, Germany), committed in the Seed Awards 2009 (an IUCN, UNDP & UNEP initiative), supporting the evaluation of concept notes and being responsible for the support of three SEED Award 2009 winners. Furthermore she developed training materials for various topics and supported the proposal writing in several international tenders and calls for proposals (e.g. Eco-Innovation, Tempus, InWEnt etc). Earlier at Sectes-MG she gave her contribution to the Technology Innovation Network project, coordinating innovation projects among municipalities, high-tech companies and research centres.

Fabiana Ribeiro is graduated in Social Communications/ Public Relations at UFMG, post-graduated in Strategic Project Management at UNA and is concluding her MBA in Sustainability Management at the Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, Germany.