Ruy Rego is the CEO of Iron House Real Estate, the private company of Grupo Cornelio Brennand focused on Premier Real Estate Development, Investment and Portfolio Management. Grupo Cornelio Brennand is a centennial Brazilian corporation with businesses also in renewable energy, cement, and construction glass production. Ruy has direct oversight of Iron House's activities including land & property development, owners' engineering, investment structuring, and property-level asset management.
Before founding Iron House, Ruy served 10 years as an executive director of Odebrecht Realizações Imobiliarias (OR), the real-estate company of one the largest Brazilian multinational corporations. He has undertaken a variety of assignments with Odebrecht, ranging from leading the development of Costa do Sauipe, the first master planned tourism and real-estate international destination in Brazil, to leading the concept and development of Reserva do Paiva, a unique land development aimed at creating a 21st century residential, business, and leisure community in a 8 km beachfront parcel, including sustainable tourism initiatives and environmental preservation, in the Recife Metropolitan Area, Northeast Brazil. He also led the development and is now a board member of Rota dos Coqueiros, a concessionaire of a toll bridge and road to access Reserva do Paiva.
Prior to joining Odebrecht, Ruy worked in the public sector as the CEO of the city planning and development company of Olinda, a UNESCO's World Heritage site, leading the city urban development company, with a focus on slum-upgrading projects and waste management (recycling and composting) operations.
Ruy studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London), first with a British Council Scholarship in an MPhil program (1990-91), and then as a Research Fellow (1991-94) on Environmental Health Engineering, funded by the World Bank and the UK-Overseas Development Administration. He has also worked as a consultant in urban development and sanitation with various international assignments for the World Bank, UNDP (United Nations Development Program), and GTZ (German international cooperation agency).
Ruy is a civil engineer, with post-graduate studies in economic engineering and environmental health engineering. He was a Research Fellow at the University of London, funded by the World Bank. He was also an exchange student in California where he did his senior year at Mission Viejo High School.