photo of Ildo Sauer

Ildo Sauer received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 1985, and a post-doctorate “Privatdozent” degree in Energy from the University of Sao Paulo in 2004.  He was Deputy Director (2015-2019) and Director (2011-2015) of the Institute for Energy and Environment at the Universidade de São Paulo. From 2003 to 2007 he was director of Petrobras, Brazil’s multinational energy corporation, one of the largest companies in the world, and considered by Financial Times as one of the "The New Seven Sisters"  in 2007.  During his leadership he oversaw Petrobras’ power and natural gas businesses alongside with the development of renewable resources, especially ethanol, wind and biodiesel. Dr. Sauer directly influenced Petrobras’ Strategic Plan, which led to the discovery of the Pre-Salt oil resources, the largest deposits found in the world over the last few decades. During his tenure at the University of Sao Paulo, consistently ranked the #1 university in Latin America, he has supervised 50 Master’s and doctoral theses, published 4 books, and more than 100 articles on energy. In November 2017, he was a keynote speaker during Energy Week at Duke.