Cluster Consulting counts with a multidisciplinary team and a large number of national and international consultants and 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, Ecuador, Colombia, 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.


Adrian Bendelman 

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Adrian Bendelman, a native of Uruguay, has been a Cluster Consulting collaborator since June 2019. He worked as a consultant in the Cajamarca Dairy Cluster Project to increase the competitiveness of dairy products in this region in Peru.

Currently, he works as an independent professional on issues of competitive improvement, innovation, internationalization and initiatives related to public-private articulation, both in the public sector, in the private sector and in international organizations.

Until 2014, he served in the Office of Planning and Budget of Uruguay (OPP) as Senior Executive supporting the development of several productive clusters in the country (in agriculture, industry, services, tourism and creative economy) under the Conglomerates Competitiveness Program and Production Chains (OPP / IDB). He has experience in the design of tools to support the public sector, as well as in the formulation and monitoring of innovation projects, competitive improvement and internationalization. He led strategic processes for different companies in the productive sector in Uruguay.

He holds a degree in Sociology from the Universidad de la República (UdelaR). He also completed the Development Module (pilot of the Bachelor in Development, UdelaR). He also has technical studies in Marketing (Universidad ORT) and Management (ACDE).

His mother language is Spanish and he is also fluent in Portuguese and English.


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Juan Luis Salinas

Juan Luis Salinas is a Cluster Consulting consultant since September 2019. He is currently working as a consultant in the project to identify and analize the international demand for amazonian, sustainable and deforestation free cocoa in Ecuador. Previously worked as consultant in the Cajamarca Dairy Cluster Project, which seeks to increase the competitiveness of dairy derivatives in that region in Peru.

After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Juan Luis began his career working as an Analyst at Activas Partners, a consulting and corporate finance boutique. Here, he participated in consulting projects in the construction materials, sugar, retail, and legal services industries. Juan Luis also co-founded the social startup Hiki Foods, which sought to produce cricket flour, a source of sustainable protein, through a network of micro-producers. With Hiki Foods, he won the national stage of the International Business Model Competition (IBMC) and participated in the international final in Silicon Valley. In this competition, he classified within the first 40 places of 6,000 participants from around the world.

After Juan Luis' experience in the private sector, he worked as an Analyst in the Ministerial Office of the Ministry of Production. Here, he participated in the design of the "Your Company" program, which seeks to reduce the informality of micro and small businesses. Subsequently, he worked in the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes, which is responsible for the reconstruction of the areas affected by the El Niño Phenomenon of 2017. In the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes, he was mainly responsible for designing and managing the database on the financing status of the reconstruction interventions. Also, he was in charge of developing a proposal that would expedite the projects' financing by decentralizing the Strategic Planning Management activities towards the regions.

Finally, Juan Luis has a Diploma in Public Policy from Universidad del Pacífico, his native tongue is Spanish, and he has an excellent command of English.


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Jack Hoagland

Jack Hoagland is a professional intern consultant with Cluster Consulting beginning in June 2020, where he works to improve the competitiveness of the quinua cluster on the Apurimac Cusco corridor, in Peru.

Jack previously worked as a public sector consultant for Grant Thornton in Washington, DC, performing data analysis, research, and budget development for an American federal agency, as well as business development for the firm. He also worked as a team leader for the “SAIS Social Enterprise Accelerator”, advising an NGO on introducing a medical device to low-income patients in India.

Jack holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Development and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 His native language is English and he is proficient in Spanish.

Jose Arcaya ico_linkedin

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Jose Arcaya has collaborated with Cluster Consulting since January 2019. In that year, he worked as a consultant in the Prioritization of Agro-Export Chains Project in the Dominican Republic, a partnership of the National Competitiveness Council (Consejo Nacional de Competitividad) with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In 2020 he is working in the project to identify and analize the international demand for amazonian, sustainable and deforestation free cocoa in Ecuador, contacted by UNDP.

He has worked in the area of public policy for two years, collaborating in the development of international trade in Peru.

He has experience with analysis of data oriented to economic development, in particular for the promotion of foreign trade, through the use of statistical software. He has worked at Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, preparing methodologies and instruments for the promotion of programs and projects oriented to the progress of Peruvian exports. Also worked in National Superintendency of Customs and Tax Administration of Peru, preparing sectoral economic studies.

Jose holds a degree in Economics from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and an specialization in International Trade. His native language is Spanish and he also has proficiency in English.

Pedro Avellar ico_linkedin

Pedro Avellar

Pedro Avellar has been a Cluster Consulting consultant since 2020 and is part of the Teresina Competitiva project team.

He worked in the energy market (Natural Gas) for 2 years, in Gasmig's Planning department, taking part in initiatives and activities such as business plan, strategic planning, goals and indicators, data processing with business intelligence (BI), as well as economic scenario analysis and market research.

He has experience as a manager at Imagem Brindes where he deployed a BSC strategic planning project, that consisted in market research, reviewing processes, developing indicators and goals, as well as executing action plans in all areas of the business.

Pedro holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). His native language is Portuguese and he is proficient in English and Spanish.

Fernando Santos ico_linkedin

Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos is a collaborator of Cluster Consulting since October 2018. He has been working in the consulting area for two years, assisting in the development of different projects and institutions. He worked with market analysis and competitiveness in the Strategic Sectorial Analysis of the Cocoa Chain project, in partnership with Bahia's Sebrae.

He has experience with project management, including application of the PMBOK guide as well as agile methods tools. He has worked in the management of the project “MGgrafeno”, a partnership between the CDTN (Nuclear Technology Development Center) and UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), in the development of the Núcleo de Inovação” of the UFMG Engineering School, as well as in projects in partnership with SEBRAE and FIEMG (Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais).

Fernando is graduated as a Mechanical Engineer at the Federal University of São João del Rei.

His native language is Portuguese and he also has proficiency in English.

Boyang Xue  

Boyang Xue

Boyang Xue, from China,  is a collaborator of Cluster Consulting since June, 2016, when he was 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.