The Brazilian General Director of Itaipu Binacional, Admiral Anatalesio Risden Jr., received, on Monday (18), in Curitiba, the title of Honorable Citizen of Paraná, conferred by the State Legislative Assembly. The honor was proposed by State Representative Maria Victoria and Elio Roche, and parliamentarians approved it unanimously. The delivery took place during a solemn session, at the beginning of the evening, chaired by the First Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Tercilio Torrini.
Formal ceremony in the plenary session of the Legislative Assembly. Photo: Daly Fellberg / Aleppo.
The event was attended by the Deputy Governor of Paraná, Darcy Piana, representing Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Jr., and former Governor Seda Borgetti, a member of the Itaipu Board of Directors. Admiral Risden’s sister, Professor Rosa Bernardi Risden, attended the public ceremony, representing the family.
A video clip with testimonies from family members was broadcast during the session. The mother of the general manager, Duracea Bernardi Risden, said she was proud to honor her son. “Be always a good boy, true and honest, as you have always been,” he said. “In addition to being an exceptional father, he is a leader who inspires everyone around him,” daughter Amanda said.
The title of Honorable Citizen of Paraná was signed by the Governor of the State, Carlos Massa Ratinho Jr., the President of the Assembly, Representative Ademar Traiano, and the President of the Court of Justice of Paraná (TJ-PR), Judge José Lorendo de Souza Neto.
Admiral Risden in the Legislative Assembly. Photo: Daly Fellberg / Aleppo.
Maria Victoria justified the honor by recalling that Admiral Raisden of Parana, born in Curitiba 65 years ago, has a strong academic background and more than 40 years of service in the Brazilian Navy. In February 2019, he assumed the position of Executive Financial Director of Itaipu Corporation; In January of this year, he was appointed Director General of Brazil by President Jair Bolsonaro.
The deputy highlighted the company’s new management model, based on transparency and austerity, and the support of the national duo to enable major infrastructure works in the country. We must acknowledge the commitment of the general manager to the progress of work on the second bridge [entre Brasil e Paraguai, sobre o Rio Paraná]which had former governor Seda Borgetti, and now Itaipu’s advisor, and one of its key articulators,” he said.
“There is nothing more equitable, therefore, recognition of the state of Paraná by benevolent citizenship,” the deputy added. “Congratulations on your life and work. And that you, at the helm of Itaipu, continue to honor the Navy’s motto, which is ‘Protect Our Wealth, Take Care of Our People.'”
Cida Borghetti notes that Admiral Raisden, as director of Itaipu, has always been close to board members, helping to ensure that decisions are taken safely while focusing on the interests of Brazilians and Paraguayans. “Initially [como diretor-geral brasileiro], Admiral Risden has shown some subtle changes, but it represents a significant reorganization of the company, with more flexibility, efficiency, vision of the future, transparency and honesty. Reveal peace of mind at work.”
Darcy Piana said he was fortunate to accompany Risden’s inauguration as Brazilian General Manager, in Brasilia, in January, and now, in handing over the title of Honorable Citizen of the State. “We saw how much it is [Risden] He has already provided services to our naval fleet, from the amount he has already provided to Itaipu. And we, from the state government, have a lot to thank Itaipu for. Our country has never received, in such a short time, so many resources as it has in the past three years. This benefits the people of Paraná.”
Moved in, Admiral Raisden thanked the honor and reminded that “the beliefs and values that shaped my character were based on the teachings handed down by my family, in my home country, where I had the opportunity to spend all of my childhood and most of my adolescence, making this moment of great importance to me and all of my family” .
He added, “As every journey begins with the first step and I took my first steps here in Paraná, I highlight my strong feelings, due to the feeling that this moment is the culmination of my entire family history, the one that made it possible for me to walk the whole path.”
Contact Foz do Iguaçu
Born in Curitiba, Almirante Raisden has deep roots in Foz do Iguaçu, where he spent part of his childhood and later settled in February 2019, when he took over as Chief Financial Officer of Itaipu. In January of this year, he was appointed Director General of Brazil by President Jair Bolsonaro.
He said in a word of thanks: “My grandfather, Marcelino Riesden, contributed to the development of the city of Foz do Iguaçu, as he was one of the first merchants and the pioneer in providing electricity to that city, through an electric generator.” For the title of worthy citizen.
Beloved’s parents, Anatalesio and Doraci, were born and married in Foz do Iguaçu. Almirante Risden was born in Curitiba because his father served in the Brazilian army and was transferred to the state capital.
Admiral Raisden, a former student at the Colegio Militar de Curitiba, had an extensive career in the Brazilian Navy, over 40 years old. Among the administrative positions he held in that period were the coordination of the Navy’s budget, the service of the inactive and retired, and the deposit of common materials in Rio de Janeiro.
He was also Vice President of the Brazilian Station Comandante Ferraz, Antarctica, Assistant to the Presidency, Financial Negotiator for the Submarine Development Program, Prosop, and Commodore of the Navy’s Superintendents. In the Naval Reserve, he worked as an advisor in the Defense District of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and participated in the transition team for President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.
The Brazilian General Manager of Itaipu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, with a major in Officers’ Intent and a Postgraduate degree in Financial Management from the Graduate School of Economics at FGV. He holds a master’s degree in marine sciences and a doctorate in advanced studies in policy and strategy – maritime.
The honor of Representatives from Paraná is added to others who have received Admiral Risden in recent years, among them, the Order of the Rio Branco, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Defense Merit Medal; Naval Merit Medal. The titles honorary citizen of Curitiba and honorary citizen of Foz do Iguaçu.
Meeting with the governor
Admiral Risden’s official agenda in Curitiba, on Monday (18), included a meeting with Governor Carlos Massa Ratiño Jr., in the morning. They discussed the strategic partnerships between the binational company and the state government, especially the works being carried out in Paraná, such as the integration bridge between Brazil and Paraguay, and support for neighboring municipalities.
“Partnership with Itaipu is essential to the development of Paraná. Since I took office as head of the state government, we have received more resources than we have in the past 30 years, R$1.6 billion in the works,” the governor said.
We have a successful partnership with the state government, which I am sure will pay off and be even more successful in the years to come. Admiral Risden emphasized that dialogue and good coexistence with our partners are fundamental principles of the Department.