Team

Head of Electrical Infrastructure

Beatriz Hernández Hoyos

Beatriz is an Electrical Engineer with more than 10 years of experience, first in international EPC (Oil & Gas) projects with Tecnicas Reunidas and most recently managing Renewable Energy projects for Top Tier companies in Spain. She provides Atlas Agro the electrical point of view needed to develop the new fertilizer plants with zero emissions.

Focused on the electrical discipline, Beatriz has experience in defining and managing technical requirements across multiple countries (Saudi Arabia, Peru, Turkey, Spain), as well as in field engineering (Refinery in Perú). She has skills in Project Management, Vendor Management and Team Leadership, during Engineering, Procurement and Construction activities. She is an analytical profile with problem solving mindset and innovation approach.

Beatriz is passionate about electrical engineering and achieving a more sustainable world. She loves nature and enjoys the countryside where she combines the care of her two kids with the practice of ski and golf.

Mechanical Engineer

Carlos Simal

President North America

Dan Holmes

Dan serves as the President of North American operations for our zero-carbon fertilizer startup, spearheading project development and fostering strategic partnerships. His talent for uniting diverse stakeholders is instrumental in addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. With a rich 17-year career at Siemens, he’s led high-performing teams across numerous industries, from life science and healthcare to data centers and utilities.

A proud Pacific Northwest native, Dan earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Idaho and a Masters in Communication from Gonzaga University. Outside the professional sphere, he’s an avid cyclist, viewing the discipline and resilience required in long-distance rides as a metaphor for his commitment to drive a startup to success. Whether he’s navigating the challenges of the business world or cycling on the tranquil roads of the Swiss Alps, Dan brings his enduring spirit to every endeavor.

Sr Mechanical Lead Engineer

David Iglesias

David is a Mechanical Lead with more than 15 years of experience in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals EPC Projects. He joined Atlas Agro bringing his extensive knowledge of mechanical design, package units, and solid handling equipment.

David’s career began at one of the most important engineering companies in Spain, where he gained in-depth expertise in managing diverse equipment units, from small ones to considerable packaged ones. His experience led him to specialize in developing modular approaches for new plants in the Oil & Gas sector.

David is a Chemical Engineer having a Master’s degree in Polymer Technology. His academic background and practical experience enable him to offer valuable insights and technical guidance to the Atlas Agro team. He has successfully applied his expertise to projects across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, demonstrating his versatility in adapting to new challenges.

One of David’s keen interests is exploring the potential of Digital Twins in plant design, construction, and operation. He believes that incorporating digital twins into the engineering process can help minimize risks, enhance efficiency, and improve the overall quality of the project. His dedication to exploring new technologies and techniques makes him a valuable asset to the Atlas Agro team.

Project Manager

Derek VanArsdale

CFO

Eduard Uraskulov

Eduard is a seasoned finance professional with 15 years of experience in business development, strategy, corporate finance and accounting. Throughout his career Eduard has been focusing on the broad natural resource and energy sector including agriculture, fertilizers, chemicals, energy and metals and mining.

Prior to joining Atlas Agro, Eduard was Head of Global Business at Tesseract Energy, a UK-based renewable energy startup. Before that he led M&A function of EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertilizer company based in Zug, Switzerland. He joined EuroChem after 8 years at Goldman Sachs where he was an Executive Director in EMEA Natural Resources, advising clients on various finance and strategic issues all over the world. Prior to that he worked at UBS and Deloitte.

General Council

Elena Kholmanskikh

Finance Manager South America

Gabriel Araujo

Gabriel is a finance professional with a solid experience in business development, M&A, project finance and corporate finance. He has 7 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, participating in several strategic transactions in the Brazilian Market.

Prior to joining Atlas Agro in Feb 2024, Gabriel was a Financial Strategy and M&A Specialist at CELA, a consulting firm specialized on financial structuring, strategy and business development aimed at the Energy Transition. Before, he was M&A Consultant at GreenYellow, a French-based global energy generator and energy efficiency company.

Gabriel has a degree in energy engineering from the Federal University of ABC, in São Paulo, Brazil, and obtained a specialization in business strategy and corporate finance from the Business Training Company.

Director Renewable Power

Gabriela Oliveira

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Gina Zejdlik

With an accomplished public sector career in policy development, political and legal strategy, Gina heads policy and government relations for Atlas Agro. Gina most recently served as Chief of Staff for the Governor of Oregon. Her legal background includes statutory drafting, construction, and interpretation for the Oregon Legislative Assembly. She has served in the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office and as interim Elections Director. She has been a trusted advisor in the Governor’s office for the past 8 years, covering a range of policy areas including crisis management, health initiatives, private forest accords, corporate policies, ethics, and public records. Gina excels at navigating complex policy initiatives and bringing diverse groups of interests together to serve a common goal.

Gina was born in Vancouver, BC and while she grew up living all over the world, she calls the Pacific Northwest home. She earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is always on the go, whether juggling the schedules of her three kids, practicing yoga, or getting lost running Oregon trails.

Chief Projects Officer

Giuseppe Fortuna

Giuseppe spent most of his professional life in the EPC Contractor business, first in Technip (Rome, Rio de Janeiro), then in Tecnicas Reunidas. He covered different leading roles, first in the Commercial Area as Head of Cost Estimating, then in Operations, as Head of Contracts,  Procurement Director, and finally Project Controls Director since 2019. He executed or supervised hundreds of bids and tens of EPC Projects from USD50m up to USD4bn and from 100,000 to 5 million hours, always seeking the best-in-class performance in Plants construction. He loves sailing sports, in line with its commitment with sustainable growth.

Giuseppe is Mechanical Engineer and holds an Executive MBA.

Head of Agronomy

Jason Ellsworth

Jason Ellsworth holds a PhD in Soil Fertility from Iowa State University, where he honed his expertise in variable-rate nitrogen applications in corn through yield monitors and remote sensing. This followed his MS and BS degrees from Brigham Young University. Starting his career at the University of Idaho as the Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, Ellsworth contributed to Precision Ag and Nutrient Management research across several crops.

Transitioning to the industry, he joined Wilbur-Ellis Company, a leading national ag retailer, where over 17 years he held various roles. Initially a Regional Field Technology Specialist, he facilitated the adoption of field technology tools among sales teams and growers. As AgVerdict Product Manager, he was instrumental in developing and deploying a decision-support tool for agricultural data management. Later, as AgriBusiness Sustainability Lead, Ellsworth spearheaded the company’s initial sustainability program, fostering transparency in sustainable practices from growers to consumers. His tenure culminated as the Organic Portfolio Manager, managing and expanding the organic product lineup, with a focus on biological, plant-based nutrition, and biopesticide solutions.

Most recently Ellsworth comes from Sedron Technologies as the Director of Agronomy, overseeing sales and marketing for organic fertilizers, including launching a pioneering ammonium nitrate liquid fertilizer for organic production.

Director of Corporate Communications

Jesse Wijnberg

With extensive experience leading strategic initiatives in marketing and communications for corporations globally, Jesse heads communications for Atlas Agro. Most recently Jesse was at Dow as the Geographic Communications Director where he led public affairs across multiple European countries, focusing on initiatives like the company’s Decarbonize & Grow Strategy. Before that he served as the Digital Marketing Director at Lonza, where he was designing and executing digital marketing strategies for the company’s business units. His previous experience also includes working for Northern Power Systems, Palletways Europe, eBay, and Orange in Switzerland and the UK. Jesse’s career demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability, strategic communications, and marketing within the global corporate landscape.

Dutch by birth, Jesse spent most of his life in the United States, United Kingdom and for the last 15 years in Switzerland. With a masters in broadcast journalism and an undergraduate degree history, politics, and economics, Jesse brings a well-rounded perspective to the team. He spends a lot of his spare time with his two teenage daughters, and when he is not with them you can see him playing a round of golf or skiing down the slopes around Zurich.

Sr I&A Manager

Jose Manuel Negrin

As an accomplished Chemical Engineer with a specialization in Automation and a focus on field instrumentation and control systems, Jose Negrin has enjoyed an outstanding career spanning over 20 years in the global Oil & Gas EPC sector. With a particular emphasis on Automation project management, he has leveraged his vast experience and expertise to oversee and deliver complex automation projects for leading companies in the industry. Throughout his career, Jose has consistently demonstrated his exceptional ability to manage and deliver projects on time and within budget, while ensuring that the technical requirements are met.

He possesses an analytical mindset with a focus on solving problems and optimizing processes to improve efficiency. Jose is passionate about sustainability and is committed to creating automation systems that reduce waste and minimize environmental impact.

Beyond his professional career, Jose is an avid gamer and keeps up with the latest technology trends, always seeking to expand his knowledge in these areas. Driven by a desire to contribute to a more sustainable world through his work, he actively seeks ways to incorporate innovative solutions into his automation projects.

With his extensive experience and deep commitment to sustainability, Jose is a valuable asset to any organization seeking to leverage automation to improve their operations and drive long-term growth.

Project Director

Jose Maria Batllori

Kaustav Chaudhuri
Head of Project Development, North America

Kaustav Chaudhuri

Kaustav serves as the Head of Project Development for North America and has extensive experience in executing several FEED, PMC and EPC projects around the globe. He was with Fluor Corporation for 15 years, 10 of which were in Energy and Chemicals working on Sour Gas, Carbon Capture and LNG Projects and 5 years building Infrastructure such as Transit, Multi Lane Highway Interchanges and Airports. Most recently, he was engaged in the development of new Machine Learning data center hubs for Amazon Web Services. He is passionate about safety and sustainability and strives to incorporate them on all phases of project execution. 

Kaustav earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and has a Masters in Engineering Management from the University Of Southern California. 

Kaustav is a travel enthusiast and enjoys visiting different parts of the world, experiencing new cultures, trying different foods, and meeting new people. He loves playing indoor and outdoor sports and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Chief Growth Officer, President South America

Knut Karlsen

Knut is an engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. He was recently the CEO of Umoe Bioenergy, producing biofuel and electricity from sugar cane in São Paulo in Brazil. Knut also sits on the advisory board of Copersucar S.A., the world’s largest sugar and ethanol trader. Prior to joining Umoe Bioenergy, Knut was the President of Yara Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Yara International.

Knut joined Yara from PwC, where he was a Partner in the firm’s consulting group.

Engineering Manager

Lavinia Nardelli

Lavinia is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Engineering, Project Procurement and Site management having served in some of the most reputable Engineering and Contracting firms as Technicas Reunidas, Techint E&C, Tecnimont.

Specialized in EPC Project management in different locations (Europe, KSA, Russian Federation, South America, Egypt). Across her professional life she develop her project execution skills with a close grip on the contractual and strategic implication of the project decisions, with a special focus on risk management.

Lavinia brings to Atlas Agro skills needed to optimize the engineering management, the procurement activities and construction phases of the zero-carbon fertilizer projects.

President Capex and Technology

Paolo Fedeli

Paolo is an experienced leader in Engineering, Procurement, and Contracting (EPC), with a wealth of knowledge in both implementation and consulting. Over the past 24 years, he has worked across various industries, including fertilizers, oil & gas, nuclear, power, mining, and basic materials. His expertise spans strategy, commercial matters, project execution, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and organizational management.

During his career, Paolo has successfully managed Megaprojects both as an investor and on the contractor’s side in global markets. He has held key roles such as Group Chief Projects Officer and Management Board member at Eurochem Group AG, Chief Executive Officer of Belleli Energy, and Executive Project Sponsor for the ITER Vacuum Vessel fabrication as part of the AMW Consortium. He has also served as a Senior Advisor in Capital Productivity at McKinsey & Co and as Senior Vice President Commercial at Techint Engineering & Construction.

With a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, earned with distinction, Paolo has authored numerous papers in international process engineering literature. He shares his expertise as a lecturer in Italian business schools and is a proud member of the Italian Council of Professional Engineers.

In 2023, Paolo was elected President of the Italian Association of Process Equipment Producers, representing over 160 companies. Additionally, he serves as an Advisory Board member of AIN, the Italian Association of Italian Nuclear Program stakeholders.

CEO

Petter Østbø

Petter started Atlas Agro with Knut in 2021 to make zero-carbon fertilizer available to farmers everywhere. He has a background on a CxO level from the largest fertilizer producers in the world, having been COO and CFO in Yara International and group CEO in EuroChem AG, after a period as Associate Principal in McKinsey & Co. Petter has overseen the production of more than 50 plants and mines worldwide, as well as the construction of more than a dozen world-scale plants and mines. He’s the author of a book on productivity, and led six major productivity transformations across commercial, supply chain operations, capital projects and support functions in chemicals, metals and mining, with more than a billion USD in demonstrated improvements. Petter spends his spare time cycling or skiing in the Swiss Alps.
Director Technology and R&D

Roberto Palomino

Roberto is a chemical Engineer with over 20 years of experience into the Fertilizer and Chemical industries, sectors where he has been involved in the design, development  and commissioning of projects related to Nitric Acid, Ammonium Nitrate (solution and low density) Potassium Nitrate, Calcium Nitrate and Nitro phosphate processes in his native Colombia, South Africa and Egypt.

He holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool and specialization in Process Engineering from Universidad del Norte, fields of study that he is passionate about.

Before joining Atlas Agro team, Roberto was Production Director at Fertinagro France and previously Senior Technical Manager at Omnia Fertilizer in South Africa. He started his career at Abonos Colombianos S.A. (nowadays Yara) where he held the position of Project Process Engineer for the New Business Development Department.

Roberto is a passionate seasonal age-group triathlete, so it is not surprising to see him competing in medium and long-distance races wherever he is.

Operations Director

Rodrigo Santana

Rodrigo is an executive with 20 years of solid experience in in Logistics, Operations, and Operational Excellence, in different industries, being the majority in fertilizer business.

Before join Atlas Agro in May 2022, Rodrigo worked as Director of Operational Excellence for Americas in Yara, after spending 3 years implementing a lean-based productivity system in several chemical plants and blending units in Europe and Latin America generating a impact of more than 500 MUSD in savings.

Rodrigo was also Regional Head of Operations in Yara Brasil, being responsible for 7 industrial sites which delivered more than 2,3 million tons of products annually. In Oslo, he won the global safety award for the incredible work done in in Paranaguá site, beyond be part of global team who also won the productivity award 3 years after.

He also led inbound and outbound logistics operations in Brazil with wide experience in managing product handling in ports, warehouses, transshipments, in addition to manage maritime, rail and road transportation.

Rodrigo has an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, and hold 2 post-degree specializations, being the first in Corporate Logistics from FAE Business School and the second in Lean Manufacturing from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná, both in Brazil. He is graduated in Business from Universidade de Pernambuco.

Financial Analyst

Shelley Koenig