E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Rafael Tiago Juk Benke

Independent Consultant and Advisor
Extractive Industries - Theme Leader

Master in Law of International Economic Relations, Catholic University of São Paulo; LLM in International Economic Law, University of Warwick, England. Currently advises companies on business strategy, international trade and investment, and sustainability. Member of the board of directors, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (FIESP), the Council of Foreign Affairs of FIESP, the Council of Foreign Relations of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN), and the board of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham-Rio de Janeiro). Former: Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Vale; Legal advisor to Brazil’s Foreign Trade Secretary; Coordinator of international affairs, Brazilian Textile Industry Association; Consultant, Organization of American States; International associate, World Trade Organization; International associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; General-manager for international affairs and trade, Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP).