Appian Named new Head of Corporate Affairs, ESG & Community Engagement
Silvio Lima has been appointed as Head of Corporate Affairs, ESG, and Community Engagement at Appian Capital Advisory LLP, the investment advisor to long-term value-focused private equity funds that invest primarily in mining and mining-related companies.
Silvio, based in London and Brazil, will be incorporated into Appian's projects to deliver ESG and community involvement insights to the company's Investment Committee. Silvio will be significantly involved in formulating and implementing a permitting and community strategy for the Company's local management teams following the investment.
As part of his new job, he will spend more time on the Appian Way Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a charity run by Appian that focuses on providing finance to social projects that are different from one another.
Since 2019, AWCF has prioritised educational projects, including funding a teacher training programme in Brazil's Alagoas region. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the organisation contributed $1.7 million to the social and community budgets at Mineraço Vale Verde and Atlantic Nickel for sanitary supplies and equipment in local communities.
Silvio has over 16 years of experience in metals, aerospace, and mining and a proven track record of managing complex communication and engagement projects in a multi-stakeholder environment, dealing with governments, the public, private, and third sectors effectively and sustainably. He joined Appian Capital Brazil in September 2019 as Director of Corporate Affairs and People. During his tenure, Atlantic Nickel and Appian restarted the Santa Rita mine, with the first sale of nickel concentrate taking place in January 2020.
Before joining Appian Capital Brazil, Silvio held leadership positions at Accenture Strategy Consulting, AngloAmerican as Head of Social Performance for the Minas-Rio system and Nickel operations in Brazil, and Kinross as Director of Corporate Affairs.
Silvio got a Bachelor of Science in Control and Automation Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He also holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics. Silvio holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Michael W. Scherb, Founder and CEO of Appian, commented: "It is great to welcome Silvio, after seeing first-hand his excellent work at Appian Capital Brazil. His deep understanding of our existing projects and Appian's ambition to meet our robust ESG commitments mean we are well-positioned to deliver value for our investors and the communities where we operate. ESG is central to every investment decision that Appian makes, and Silvio's appointment reinforces the strategic importance of ESG for our future success."
Silvio Lima, Head of Corporate Affairs, ESG, and Community Engagement at Appian, said: "I am delighted to join Appian after seeing the fantastic work of the business at Appian Capital Brazil since 2019. Appian has prioritised ESG across all the business projects, reflecting its leadership in the sector and its competitive differentiation from peers. I look forward to working with Michael, the Appian team, local portfolio companies, and colleagues at AWCF to ensure that we maintain a Tier-1 standard in the coming years."