▪ Graduated at the University of Porto, Faculty of Phychology and Educational Sciences, Educational Psychology, 2012
▪ Currently employed as the general secretariat of Rede Inducar CRL, www.inducar.pt
▪ President of Azes Valboenses, a community centre in the outskirts of Porto
▪ Fields of professional interest: intercultural education and global education, participation, inclusion, volunteering, and non-formal education.
Joana is pationate about active citizenship. As a trainer she has dedicated the last 10 years activating young people to fulfil their potential as changemakers in their communities, training them develop competences among their peers. As a consultant she has been raising the capacity of civil society organisations and public services to provider more suitable social answers for young people. She has a lot of experience with structered dialogue and implementing participatory mechanisms to increase citizens’ full participation.
Joana has worked as a Project manager in Portugal and in the United Kingdom and her working path includes contexts as MENA region, South America and Sub-Saharian Africa.
At the moment she is the president of Azes Valboenses, a local community centre in the outskirts of Porto, Portugal, an organisation willing to increase quality of life of the community with circular cultural and economic systems.